Thermal Camera Given First Surprise Tests At Tour de France

Lac de Payolle, France, July 8, 2016 (AFP) - A thermal camera was used for the first time without warning at the Tour de France on Friday in a bid to detect hidden motors in riders' bikes. Controls had been carried out previously on every Tour stage but this was the first time one was unannounced. "The control came up totally negative," French secretary of state for sports Thierry … [Read more...]

Bicycle Motor Cheater Banned For Six Years By UCI

Lausanne, April 26, 2016 - The UCI global cycling governing body on Tuesday banned Femke Van den Driessche of Belgium for six years for the first recorded case of using hidden motors in racing. The organisation hailed a new scanner which detected the electric motor as a major breakthrough in the war against the sport's latest cheats. The motor was found in a bike used by the under-23 … [Read more...]

UCI Checks 90 Bicycles For Concealed Engines At French Race

Banyuls-sur-Mer, France, Feb 12, 2016 (AFP) - Ninety bikes from six teams taking part in a French race were subjected to unannounced checks for concealed engines on Friday as officials seek to clamp down on cheating, the International Cycling Union said. The checks were carried out on the Delko, Roubaix-Lille M├ętropole, Auber 93, Bardiani, Androni Giocattoli and Veranclassic teams taking … [Read more...]

Concealed Motor On Bicycle At Cyclo-Cross World Championships

Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, Jan 31, 2016 (AFP) - A concealed motor was found on a bike being used by Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche at the world cyclo-cross championships, the head of the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Sunday, confirming the first such case at a top-level competition. "It's absolutely clear that there was technological fraud. There was a concealed motor. … [Read more...]

Hungarian Claims Speedy Hidden Electric Motor

GENEVA, June 15, 2010 - A Hungarian engineer who claims to have developed an electric motor that can be hidden in a bicycle frame says it can propel a cyclist to 90 kilometres per hour (56 mph). "You can't see anything, not even the battery," Istvan Varjas, a former cycle racer, told the Swiss weekly L'Illustre in its Wednesday edition. "I can assure you that it can run to 90 kph," he … [Read more...]