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first confirmed case of mechanical doping
Last Post 04/26/2016 07:22 AM by Dale Dale. 59 Replies.
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Orange Crush

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01/30/2016 02:19 PM
and the honor goes to Femke Van den Driessche at the cyclocross worlds.

the english speaking media still show it as suspected but it is now confirmed

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden/1.2559655
huckleberry

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01/30/2016 03:35 PM
http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/01/news/uci_detains_bike_cyclocross_worlds_394233_394233
zootracer

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01/30/2016 03:53 PM
Interesting to see how this plays out.....
longslowdistance

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01/30/2016 05:01 PM
She was a player all year but struggled in this race and stopped with a mechanical. Indeed!
79pmooney

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01/30/2016 05:13 PM
So testing "positive" takes on a new meaning. Bad news is that when the designers get smarter, they will all test negative. (Bad, I know)

Ben
Dale

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01/30/2016 08:48 PM
Booooo, bad Ben, bad.

Her bother got popped for EPO so cue up the theme music for All in the Family.
Orange Crush

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01/31/2016 09:48 AM
Overall I think this mechanical doping is much easier to detect and won't become nearly as widespread as regular doping. Sounds like the UCI has managed to come up with quick and easy test.
Dale

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01/31/2016 09:59 AM
And a lot tougher to blame on your dog, mother-in-law, aliens... whatever.
We keep shooting ourselves in the foot with these idiot cheaters.
79pmooney

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01/31/2016 11:12 AM
"I hear your bike tested positive." "Yeah, that no good brother in law wired wired the battery backwards."

Ben
longslowdistance

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01/31/2016 11:29 AM
Just curious about the process. Is it simply Pull the cranks and bottom bracket?? X-ray for the B-sample?
Yo Mike

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01/31/2016 11:35 AM
It HAD to happen, sooner or later.

For detection, they could use an IR thermometer gun

http://www.amazon.com/EnnoLogic-Temperature-Non-Contact-Infrared-Thermometer/dp/B00IT0ODPQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454261654&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=infrared+thermometer&psc=1
79pmooney

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01/31/2016 11:45 AM
Seriously - in defense of Greg Lemond, who I heard poo-pooed when he proposed a heat sensor at races to detect illegal power sources - I don't know what UCI used to detect the battery and motor; I suspect that battery was the give-a-way but developing or borrowing hi-tech means of quickly identifying such devices. Right on!

Now punishment should extend past the rider to the mechanic (both suspension and fine) because he knows. And if he doesn't 1) why not? and 2) he has the means of finding those devices easily. There should be a means for exonerating a mechanic who finds the device after a race, reports the bike and rider and has that rider disqualified as there could be times when said bike leaves his hands after pre-race check and is altered before he sees it again post race. Along with that, probably wording that a rider must give his race bike back to the mechanic immediately post-race. I'm thinking out loud (keyboard click, click) and and not liking where this is going, Mechanic has collaborators clean-up the bike? No, just penalize the mechanic also. Then the mechanic is vested with keeping the bikes "clean" to protect his skin.

Ben
Yo Mike

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01/31/2016 03:59 PM
Is the truth out there?

http://news.yahoo.com/cycling-officials-world-championships-theyre-185439942.html
ChinookPass

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02/01/2016 10:10 AM
If teams and mechanics and athletes accept this as a new shortcut, it's truly the end of serious bike racing as we know it. This is total crap. And a mockery of any hard working pros, should they exist.
Dale

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02/01/2016 10:31 AM
How far down the "punish the mechanic" road do we want to go?
I worked the pit for a UCI race a time or two. All ll I did was spray off the bike between laps and make sure the pedal was at the 2:00 o'clock position. If the bike were mechanized should I get a fine and a ban? Granted me working the pit at Cincy and some team guy at worlds are a far cry from each other but how far down do we go?

This whole topic makes me feel like puking. Such a magnificent sport. Such a bunch of clowns participating.
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