Mechanical doping (technological fraud) at the cyclocross worlds



steve

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Rumours of mechanical doping are rumours no more!

UCI statement
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) confirms that pursuant to the UCI's Regulations on technological fraud a bike has been detained for further investigation following checks at the Women's Under 23 race of the 2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships. This does not concern any of the riders on the podium.

Belgian Cycling Federation commented on the case of mechanical fraud
The UCI has detected technological fraud and we can confirm that this is the bike of Femke Van den Driessche. The UCI will give more details later"


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According to UCI rules, technological fraud is punishable by disqualification, a suspension at least six months, and a fine of up to 200,000 Swiss francs. A team found guilty of mechanical fraud also could face a suspension and a fine as large as one million francs.

News stories:
http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden/1.2559655
http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news...aud-at-cyclo-cross-world-championships-209465
http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/01/news/uci_detains_bike_cyclocross_worlds_394233_394233
http://cyclingtips.com/2016/01/moto...the-first-to-be-caught-for-mechanical-doping/
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/b...rld-championships-cyclocross-2016-1?r=US&IR=T
 
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CAMPYBOB

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All I want to know is...where is the motor on MY Wiliers?

We all knew this was coming, but for a 19-year old female cross racer to be the first busted? Amazing.
 
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https://www.salden.nl/nl/wilier-triestina-e-cycl-ocrosser-met-trapondersteuning.html

pssst! Hey kid! You wanna buy an extra 150 Watts?

It looks like there are websites that already sell hidden booster motor race bikes. Here's a link to a Dutch website that sells Wilier cross bikes with a hidden seatpost motor with helical gear drive to the crankset spindle through an over-running clutch.

La Gazetta has an article today stating the new drive system used by the Belgian girl is some sort of motor that uses the rear wheel as the rotor...maybe field magnets or winding inside the chainstays or inside the searpost or inside the seatstays?. The mostly factless article shows a carbon wheel with wire windings inside it...good for 20 to 60 Watts. Maybe.

This could get interesting.
 

CAMPYBOB

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Hit the button an jump to Ludicrous Speed! I think 150 more Watts would make me the boss of the Tuesday Afternoon World Championships.

Or not...
 

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The excuses after getting caught are getting lamer all the time. Considering that you spend a certain amount of time each lap carrying your bike in 'cross, it's hard to see how she wouldn't have noticed extra weight. Plus, her crushing those climbs while the rest looked like they were stuck in the mud........hmmmmm. ;)
 
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Greg claims 250 Watts and a 30 minute run time in this video demonstration.
 
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steve

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I dunno, seems like you'd need a pretty powerful (and large) battery for that output.
A motor generating 50-60w would be smaller, quieter and easier to hide. +50w at the end of a hard road race would make a huge difference.
 

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She's busted big time, but I did notice they didn't check her for doping...she could have been doing both. I little motor, a little EPO and suddenly she's winning races.
 
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A video showing ex-pro Johan Museeuw getting his ass kicked up the Oude Kwaremont by an amateur on a motorized racing bicycle. Then, watch the same amateur use the booster bike in a race.

Why in the name of **** does video embedding have to be so damned fucked up? ********.

 

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She's busted big time, but I did notice they didn't check her for doping...she could have been doing both. I little motor, a little EPO and suddenly she's winning races.

Her brother is "doing time" for EPO. :D