Extra races, extra features
It's been fairly common over the past year or so for people to ask for extra features (and more recently extra races added to the calendar) and in the most part Dave et al has been incredibly helpful in adding and fixing things that people griped about.
But I think it's come to the point where the hard-core of people who've played a couple of years and compete in every race are wanting the game to become more involved than I think is reasonable, especially for a free game, and the number of races included has already increased dramatically in the last couple of years to the point where adding many more might be a step to far for the Road cc team.
My point is a question really, would people be willing to pay a little bit for extra races and functionality over and above what the free game currently offers?
My suggestion (and it's not a request, I'd love for all of the below to be free!) would be some kind of premium membership that included extra (or all) world tour events (including those that overlap like the Dauphine and TdSuisse) and a few of the other bigger races as well as providing extra functionality for those wanting to play differently.
Extra functionality could include stuff like:
More than one team per account (for those wanting to stop running two or three accounts at once to play the purist game etc...)
Squad based game where you pick maybe 25 riders for the year and rotate them based on the race with no 'transfers' in an out of your squad through the year
Extra league types like head to head (you're drawn against another team in your league and the highest scording team wins x points for the stage) or keeper leagues (maybe 10 teams in a league with each rider only available once through some kind of draft and you keep the team through a number of years)
At the minute I see us all getting an excellent game for free and because the team has been so obliging in the past we just keep asking for more and more, surely there's a point at which Dave says 'No, that's too much work' without some kind of recompense?
Obviously I'd hate to see the free game dissapear and it's already excellent!