Motorized Bicycle Confiscated at Cyclo-Cross Championship Race

Cyclo-cross is a form of bicycle racing that . . .

. . .consist[s] of many laps of a short (2.5–3.5 km or 1.5–2 mile) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount.

At the 2016 UCI Cyclocross World Championships the bicycle of female favorite Femke van den Driessche after a hidden motor was discovered in the bike.

“After one lap of the world championships, UCI took Femke’s bike in the pit area and tested it with some sort of tablet,” said Sporza journalist Maarten Vangramberen. “The bike was immediately sealed and taken. The UCI then called in the Belgian federation. When the saddle was removed, there were electrical cables in the seat tube. When they wanted to remove the bottom bracket, which is normally not difficult, they could not because the crank was stuck. Inside there was a motor.”


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