On technological and mechanical doping in the world of cycling you already talked long and hard, we find a mixture of rumors and evidence that you have not done more to heat the atmosphere, feed a controversy that back up with the arrival of a new documentary. Interestingly, most of these information sources are French and Italian, hubs of the two wheels sport.
Broadcast on French television France 2, by the program Stade 2, What is entered in the documentary is the thermal camera as a tool to catch offenders. These mysterious and small electric motors are not visible, it should be a review in each race to discover them, and so it seems that the UCI has taken it seriously. But heat sources can no longer hide.
The program, which lasts about twenty minutes, includes many scenes as views on this subject, involving mechanics, important cyclists or technical controls of the platoon. But not it points directly to none, since there is really no evidence.
Thermal cameras were introduced in the race, disguised as television cameras
Of the documentary, we can also say that it is interesting that move to the places where some of these electric motors are made, and they talk about the possibility with their creators: Alessandro Bartoli in Italy and Istvan Varjas in Hungary. You can see it here, it is worth to see it if you are interested in the subject:
A camera of this type is capable of forming bright images we can see, creates them from the emission of infrared means of the electromagnetic spectrum of the detected bodies. Are usually represented with a temperature scale, where a color to blue means little heat, and if you move toward the yellow, is that the temperature is increasing.
As we see in the documentary, researchers from France 2 – with the collaboration of Corriere della Sera – went with these cameras to two major events on the cycling calendar, two classic: the Coppi-Bartali week and the Strade Bianche.
They say is detected Several participants foreign sources, but they give no names, or tracks. A ‘special’ heat five of them emanating from the bottom bracket, another pair had the source on the rear wheel. Interestingly those hot spots up and down in intensity as they arrived slopes or descents.
The second case cited is that of an electromagnetic wheel, which we do not contemplate in our previous article on the subject. The system involves a series of batteries hidden in the wheel, and a coil in the saddle, with them you can get energy by electromagnetic induction. Also manufactured by Hungarian Varjas, you can contribute up to 60 Watts and is activated via Bluetooth.
The wheels are much more advanced technologically than the bottom bracket system, also more expensive: 200,000 euros per one
Research gets no blame, rather it shows that this is not smoke, or at least is what the UCI has to take into account and make controls harder, at the same time preparing for new technologies that may be coming.