Canadian pro Ryder Hesjedal crashing in a roundabout in the 2014 Vuelta Espana, shows the back tire powered long after he fell off the bike
For years there has been speculation in cycling that motorized cheating might be happening at the sport's highest professional level, but it has never been revealed until now.
Now check out this rider who isn't mature enough to realize you don't just charge past ALL the competition without exposing yourself as either the next Speedy Gonzales, or riding a powered bicycle, up hill, while sitting down
Istvan Varjas, the engineer who says he invented the tiny bike motor, which he says has been used surreptitiously in the Tour de France. What’s more, Varjas says he’s already at work on the next big cheating technology for cyclists: an electromagnetic wheel.
Varjas told 60 Minutes he thinks professional cyclists have used secret motors to cheat in pro races as early as 1998. Varjas says he didn’t knowingly sell motors for the purpose of cheating. He told 60 Minutes he just makes the device — what customers do with it is “not my problem.”
Now Varjas is developing the next generation in cheating technology using magnets, a battery, and electromagnetic coils which are also placed in the wheel. When the system is switched on, the electromagnetic coils create a magnetic field, which propels the magnets forward, spinning the wheel faster. Varjas says the system is silent, undetectable even to the rider.