Bike Doping?

Last week, news broke on several European road racing websites that accused World Champion Fabian Cancellera of "bike doping". If you haven't heard about this, you're probably wondering the same thing I did when I read the headline, what the heck is "bike doping"?

Well, it turns out that Cancellera is accused of having a small electric motor in the down tube of his bike at the Tour of Flanders and that he used it in the decisive attack that won him the prestigious
Spring Classic event.

The first known accusation of bike doping occurred during the 2009 Giro d'Italia by the Italian newspaper
Il Giornale. The newspaper claimed that the motor could give a racer a boost of 50 watts of power for a short period of time. Additional European TV commentators (imagine if your average TV news reporter in the US was so focused on cycling) have reported accusations of various pro racers bike doping since, however, most of those accusations have been unnoticed until they turned to World Time Trial Champion Cancellera.

Last week, a video surfaced on You Tube "explaining" how bike doping works and specifically shows the equipment involved. Check it out below:




I feel compelled to say that I don't believe there is a harder working or more fit cyclist in the Pro Peleton than Cancellera and I believe it when he denies using any sort of hidden bike motor in his recent Tour of Flanders win. He is simply that good!

Finally, one man's problem is another man's opportunity. Look for advertising campaigns from bike industry companies claiming that riding their bikes is like "bike doping" such as the below mock ad which is all over the blog world.


This ad making a mockery of bike doping may be seen in the coming issues of cycling mags.


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