Don’t you just hate cheaters? They seem to be nearly everywhere these days. I love a great game, but can’t stand it when someone is caught trying to win at all costs. My favorite game these days is Rummy . No cheating happens there, just good clean fun! The last few years the Tour de France has been racked with claims of cheating, this year the race officials are cracking down on a new area of cheating.
Tour de France organizers will begin scanning all bicycles for technological fraud. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) will be conducting about 3,000 tests during the two-week event looking for any devices utilized to enhance bicycle performance. The process will use a tablet, case, adapter and customized software to scan each bike in under a minute.
The bike check enables the operator to scan the frame, wheels, groupset, and other components in under a minute. If the scan detects any anomalies, the bike or component in question is then disassembled for inspection.
The UCI felt this was necessary after finding a motorized device in the bicycle of a Belgian rider back in January. The scans will continue throughout the 21-stage competition spanning 3,500km. Anyone found to have motorized devices face a ban from competition for several years. Cooperation among teams, riders and organizers has been universal. They want cheating rooted out and eliminated when possible. This is yet another form of cheating, like drug use and blood doping that has marred the Tour de France in recent history. We should applaud the UCI for attempting to stop this particular form of cheating. They have stated that there will be other unscheduled tests during the event that will also seek out any cheaters.