Motor Doping on PRI

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An emotional Van den Driessche Responds to cases or mechanical fraud on Sporza

BBC’s The World on PRI interviews Bike Hugger about mechanical doping, tonight on an NPR station in your listening area. Also see my Motor Omertà story from yesterday, and these news updates

As I said on Twitter this weekend too

Wasn’t My Bike I Was Racing should rank right up there with Unborn Twin AND Jack Daniels as worst doping excuses ever.

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UPDATE

Just after posting this article, PRI’s The World story dropped on their site with quotes from David Schloss

“I’m not surprised someone put a motor in a bicycle,” says David Schloss, an editor at Bikehugger. “But I’m pretty saddened. I think that any doping really defeats the point of the competition. This just takes it to a whole new level.”

“My suspicions were tweaked the first moment when spectators and magazines and the TV shows all said that it wasn’t possible at all,” he says. “Because they all said the same thing about every type of biological doping.”

Motor Omerta: Motor Doping at CX Worlds

An eAssit motor from Vivax

Got back from a ride this morning, to news of motor doping at CX Worlds. Femke van den Driessche was participating in the U23 Women’s Championship, and a favorite to win, but was forced to abandon with one lap left to go. Her bike was inspected by mechanics post-race, when the motor was found. The UCI’s sporting director told Sport Wereld

“The UCI has defined technological fraud and we can confirm that this is the bike of Femke van den Driessche,” said Smets.

When we first learned about motor doping (motors embedded in bikes) the collective response from the racers, marketers, and managers strongly indicated to me that it was true. See, they protested way too much, just like the Doping Omertà before this. Now it’s a Motor Omertà.

Because the racers have no union to protect themselves (like other Pro sports) and shut news like this down, it’s even worse for the fans, and the biggest thing the sport has to reckon with is the total loss of trust.

I was not surprised in the least with this discovery, and to anyone that denied motors in bikes existed, you shouldn’t have been either. The motor was confirmed by the UCI AND considering they use fiber optic video to examine bikes, I don’t doubt the probable cause. The UCI has been getting ready for this for two years. They even developed prototype illegal bikes to prove the concept. At Koppenberg cross, Femke was 5% faster than all the other women, that may have been on the factors that got the UCI’s attention.

This is a developing story and we’ll follow up as we learn more. Like everyone else, I’m fascinated to see what the UCI caught. Was it a DIY or from a manufacture? For an example of how concealed motors work in bikes, see the Vivax eAssist product page.

Issue 32 Off Season

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Eric Wohlberg in his classic Buick Lesabre after a training ride with Rally Cycling. He told us how he’s restoring the wagon while we listened to his brother’s band, the Blazing Elwoods. The free cover story for Issue 32, dropping today, has more photos from the Rally team camp and articles about the off season. That’s when us amateurs ride less, if at all. We plan, we analyze—position, fitness, goals. It’s the time to put the ego in check, and plot for successes to come.

After hanging around the skinniest racers in America for the week, one of my off-season goals is to keep the weight off, and somehow spend more time riding with Eric. He seemed to just get started with all the things he could share; including music and good rides, like the ones seen in this edit.

His road season was just getting started and mine still being determined.

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Rally Cycling Team in SoCal


At the Rally Cycling team camp, everything is moving….. On assignment for Digital Photo Pro with Rally in SoCal, shot with the Sony A7S II and Rokinon lens (35MM, T1.5) and made this short edit from the b-roll.

Team

Rolling into Malibu

I’ll have much more to share in the next issue of our magazine, dropping this week, including stills, and a with a nod to the working-class, blue-collar bikes Rally is racing.

Team Bike

Diamondback Podium E’tape

Hoogerheide Highlights


Highlights from Hoogerheide and a taste of what’s to come this weekend at CX Worlds.

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