Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2011 is a managerial simulation in which the player takes control over a cycling team. This includes both taking care of the athletes (e.g. training, team strategy and assigning roles) and the financial side (e.g. signing new athletes or finding sponsors). During the races (which can also be simulated), the player always has statistics options at hand to influence the race, e.g. manually order an athlete to attack. The main playing mode is the career which spans over multiple seasons. Alternatively there are also single races (either full stage, single stage or a classic), single seasons and multiplayer modes available.
Track racing is completely independent from the management part and features control over a single rider. The player can change the lane and increase/decrease the used effort. It is important to watch the rider's energy which depletes with high effort.
The main differences to the predecessor are the new user interface, refined sponsor mechanics and new graphic models for athletes and courses.