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by Caley Fretz
March 22, 2018
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The UCI has unveiled the next evolution in the safeguarding of the sport against technological fraud, announcing a number of new and pending measures in a conference in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday. UCI President David Lappartient and others displayed a custom-made mobile scanner, which will use x-ray technology to scan frames and wheels on bikes and which will be used at major events throughout the season.
Lappartient also announced plans to use thermal imaging cameras, to employ more advanced magnetic scanners than the iPads previously used, and to introduce other technology over time. Working together with the CEA Tech company, the UCI aims to eventually have on-bike devices which will scan for magnetic fields in real time. This will be paired with data transmission to send alerts during races to the governing body, which will then be able to rigorously test the equipment which has been red-flagged.
“The role of the UCI is to guarantee the credibility of the result,” said Lappartient. “But also to protect the riders. That also means protecting them against the many rumours which are sometimes heard. We want to demonstrate that our riders are racing on equal terms. The aim is not to find a motor, but to prove that there is no motor. We want to show they are competing on a level playing field.”
Lappartient later clarified that he did not know if motors had been used in the past, but that ramping up the checks would have a deterrent effect while also enabling fans to have greater trust in the sport.
Former pro Jean Christophe Peraud and UCI management committee member Bob Stapleton both have roles in combatting technological fraud in the governing body. The latter spoke about the use of RFID to provide tamper-proof tagging of bikes and GPS trackers to determine where machines are at any point in time.
More to come soon on this topic…