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Seems like it is really a thing. Look at the way Ryder's bike comes to a halt here after a crash in the Vuelta last year and then speeds up and spins on an axis with the back wheel still moving. Tell me this video is not suss. Now Cippolini has repeated calls that Contador swapping bikes regularly is due to motors being inside. http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/contador-laughs-off-bike-motor-rumors-spread-by-cipollini_369990 Ex-sprinter Mario Cipollini made waves Wednesday when he suggested during the post-stage RAI TV broadcast that riders shouldn’t change their bikes mid-stage ahead of key mountaintop finales. Why? Cipollini suggested that it’s “bad for the image of cycling, because people think there’s a motor in it.” Read more at http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/contador-laughs-off-bike-motor-rumors-spread-by-cipollini_369990#Rg0IoLEpE2e1bpm4.99 And some similar claims about Contador from 2011 http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/8703/Guimard-claims-Contador-could-have-used-mechanical-doping-in-Giro-dItalia.aspx "In addition, electric bikes exist, this is not fiction, they work and very well. Microelectronics is very advanced today. When you are capable of eating rotten meat, then one is maybe capable of doing lots of other things...” Read more: http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/8703/Guimard-claims-Contador-could-have-used-mechanical-doping-in-Giro-dItalia.aspx#ixzz3aD2Tk8gH So what do we think? Hard to think these weasels would not do it because of their absent morals - so why wouldn't they use these motorised bikes?
With the recent unfortunate accident of one of our members, its timely that i relate an incident that occurred over the weekend at our training camp. We were there for a 70.3 Shepparton training camp and had around 30 participants. The weekend program was planned that everybody got to ride over the course, run over the course and go for a swim in the crystal clear waters of Kialla Lake. On the Saturday, all attendees did a slow (ish) bunch ride around the ride course to note the recent change of a 3 x 30km ride to a 2 x 45km route. The plan was a bunch ride for the first lap and an opportunity for people to do a 2nd lap at their own pace if they so chose. Anyway, during the bunch ride, there is a section of the ride whereby the road narrows considerably, from a 2 lane road to a single lane. This is due to some new roadworks. The bunch ride were riding 2 abreast and at a mid 25kmh speed when all of a sudden a car horn was heard and an idiot towing a horse float sped past the bunch at high speed with his horn sounding the entire time he passed our group. I was riding about 3 row back and absolutely nobody had any warning that this driver was approaching from behind and at speed. As this idiot pulled back in line, he nearly wiped out the first 3 rows of riders, it was a very scary moment. Unfortunately, because of the dust on the single lane road, we were not able to get a rego number. It was a very close call that nearly caused a major, potential fatal accident. I don't believe this idiot to be a local as i believe there is generally an excellent relationship between the community and the cyclists. It was a close call indeed and one that shook the bunch.