(Mechanical doping is also a major problem in oral hygiene.)
Therefore I'm fully in favor of using "doping" as a catch-all term for increasing performance by means of additives, and if anything I think we should use it even more liberally:
Speaking of motorholic dopingitis, remember how one pundit said that it was particularly bad because it requires so much collusion?
With a concealed motor, there is very little chance an athlete has “gone rogue” and operated on his or her own, without help. Any professional team mechanic would notice the difference in frame weight, and performance, associated with a motor. The degree of conspiracy would be profound, and defenseless.
Well, that's not necessarily the case, and in fact Femke could have bought her moto-sled as easily as you purchase a Scattante from Nashbar:
It turns out that Femke Van den Driessche’s motorized Wilier cyclocross bike may not have been a marvel of engineering by her team, mechanics or father.
It turns out that online retailer salden.nl offers the Wilier cyclocross bike already equipped with a pedal assist motor starting at €4,990 or about $5500 USD.
Done, and done:
And here's how the motor works:
Though admittedly she'd have to have made some modifications. For example, she'd never have gotten away with the pendulous battery pack:
Though I easily would:
And clearly she went for the handlebar button upgrade over the stock under-the-saddle setup:
By the way, until now if you saw an older gentleman riding a carbon Fred sled with a bloated saddle bag while poking at his crotch area, you'd have just assumed he was suffering from prostate problems.
Now he's a potential motodoper.
Or, it could be that his bike is equipped with a Cipollini:
I'd be very wary of riding anything that's "Cipollini Equipped," because if you get to close to "Li'l Cipo" then nine months later you could wind up equipped with a Cipollini, Jr.
Or at the very least with a nasty case of some kind of "itis."
Speaking of Cipollini, he called this whole motodoping thing way back in May of last year:
I wouldn't let Cipollini sell me a bicycle or get anywhere near my family members or housepets, but when someone that greasy talks about cheating, I listen.
In other news of ex-pros with questionable ethics, check out Vino's gilded Fred sled:
I bet you could buy a lot of Liège-Bastogne-Lièges with that bike. At the very least, you could almost certainly use it to buy someone's stake in an app that winds up being worth millions:
Yes, nobody is more easily bought then a cyclist. That's why no bike shop employee in the history of cycling has ever received actual currency. They all work for bike parts.
At any rate, he calls it "the biggest mistake I ever made:"
The co-founder had reportedly become disillusioned with the long hours and financial insecurity inherent with leading a startup, according to the Times.
On Twitter on Wednesday, Hill-Scott, a University of Reading graduate, described the decision, eight years ago, as “the biggest mistake I ever made”, before setting his account to private following media attention.
As for what kind of bike it was, they don't say, but if it was 2008 then chances are it was one of these:
I bet for awhile he really thought he'd gotten the sweet end of the deal too:
Hey, how was he to know this whole texting thing would catch on?
Lastly, I'm still in possession of the Marin Pine Mountain 1, and coincidentally Xtracycle is now using it to model their Leap cargo attachment:
CREATE YOUR DREAM CARGO AND PASSENGER-HAULING MACHINE.
Choose A Bicycle, Bolt-On An Xtracycle Leap, And Transform Your Favorite Ride Into An Xtracycle.
Rugged, Torsionally-Rigid And Elegant Frame. Patent Pending.
Bomb-Proof Mounting System.
Compatible With Xtracycle Cargo And Family Accessories.
Optimized For Electric Conversion.
Electric conversion?!? I wish I'd known about this before that fat bike race.