The Cyclocross World Championships take place this weekend. And then – as in many major cycling races – there is a check for mechanical doping or hidden motors in bicycles. In 2016, the only known copy to date was found at such a cyclo-cross World Championships, on the bicycle of cyclo-cross rider Femke Van den Driessche. Luc Geysen was also present at that check.
Geysen has carried out many checks on mechanical doping in his thirty years as an international UCI commissioner. He cannot say exactly how many there are. It is certain that he already has tens of thousands of bicycles, including those of Fabian Cancellara, on his counter. “I also did the checks for the Tour de France for a few years.”
The international cycling union is strongly committed to checks on mechanical doping. Last year the UCI carried out 4,280 checks. Most of these (3,777) were done with a magnetic tablet, a smaller part (503) using X-ray technology. Nothing was found.
In the VRT NWS podcast “The hour of truth”, Geysen explains how he starts such a check.