It seems that they’ve found a way, and even the world of cyclocross was put under the microscope this weekend as bikes were checked with mini-cameras inserted into frames, looking for motors
What’s in Your Frame? UCI Officials Check Worlds Bikes for Motors
Some of you—at least, those who follow road in addition to cyclocross—may remember a couple of years ago when allegations were made that Fabian Cancellara was racing the Paris Roubaix classic with a motor. Not his legs, though they can accurately be described as having some serious horsepower, but an honest-to-goodness motor in his bicycle. Sound crazy?
With new innovations like electronic shifting, is it that far-fetched? We certainly hope so, but the allegations served to start a bit of a witch hunt for any cyclist who was “mechanical doping.”
However, back in 2010 when the story came out, UCI’s technical chief, Jean Wauthier, was quoted in VeloNews as saying, “Certainly we’re going to have to speed up our research so we can scan all competition bikes in a quick and efficient way. Up till now, such controls simply haven’t been used.”
It seems that they’ve found a way, and even the world of cyclocross was put under the microscope this weekend as bikes were checked with mini-cameras inserted into frames, looking for motors, according to Het Nieuwsblad. No motors were found, but we’ve heard rumors they found spiders, orange grease, stagnant water, and in Stybar’s case, traces of Koksijde sand, from the last World Championships he entered.
The mechanical doping checks don’t happen often, in fact, Worlds was the first time since Danilo Di Luca made claims about mechanical doping earlier this year, but thankfully, nothing was found.
Might we see a new authority formed to combat this possibility? MADA anyone?
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Theo Marcoux, sadly it's not: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/feb/03/uci-cyclo-cross-world-championships-mechanical-doping
@cyclocross should they be able to use orange grease under TSA code 16 section 5?
@cyclocross the UCI will soon be wearing rubber gloves for 'checks'.
@cyclocross jeesh I hope there's no spiders in MY bike
@PIColumbus Maybe they meant crankset carbon spiders?
@cyclocross lets hope! I'd rather have rabid badgers in my bike than spiders
@Grog_jd yeah, I know that story, I would do the same but the wifey and I don't bike together much we trail run.
@PIColumbus I was wondering why. I am almost tempted to get it and build up for my bride. Almost.
@Grog_jd yeah it's up for grabs, it's great, just too small for me
@PIColumbus Nah! And did i see you selling your frame?
@Grog_jd hopingthat policy doesn't change for this year, I'm coming out of retirement
@PIColumbus Proof that they let *anybody* race.