Having been dogged by doping scandals for year after year, cycling appeared to hit a new low recently when an electric motor was discovered in a competitor’s bike at the Cyclo-Cross World Championships.

It seems that wherever there is glory (and money), people will be willing to do anything for the win.

With more and more anti-doping tests and the introduction of scans to detect hidden motors in professional cyclists’ bikes, the cheats are going to have to come up with something new.

We put it to Cycling Weekly readers to come up with their predictions on what unscrupulous racers will do next, and here are a selection of the answers.

Got something to add? Let us know in the comment box below.

Well, it’s already rumoured to be electromagnetic wheels. What about sails that can pop out at the appropriate moment? Or trained leprechauns to run on a mini treadmill inside the chainstays?
Gareth Hillary

They’ll go old school, and start using trains like 1904 again.
Thomas Willingham

Flatulence drugs. In a breakaway or on a climb, you let rip with a fart SO REVOLTING and toxic, it incapacitates all behind you, and you go on to win the stage. Most effective if you are at the FRONT of the lead group…
Francois Cronje

UCI president Brian Cookson answers questions at a press conference in Zolder, Belgium, on Sunday morning after a bike was found to have a concealed electric motor at the Cyclocross World Championships

“We’re working on a detector for excessive wind”

Industrial espionage. Install a rider in each of your rival’s teams so that you get the inside track into their training and race tactics. Then use your ‘mole’ to sabotage races by falling off in front of their team-mates, making fake crackling noises over team radio when the sports director is giving important instructions and putting Epsom salts into the team’s recovery drink.
Richard Brimble

Automatic collision-avoidance system and automatic steering.
Kristian Parviainen

Mind control or hypnosis of rival team riders.
Mike Randall

Removal of all unnecessary body parts to improve the power-to-weight ratio. Get rid of that spare kidney, spleen and possibly part of the brain. Teams could sell them on the web to the highest international bidder to recoup costs.
Amanda Green

Genetic manipulation… it’s probably already started. Pinch the DNA from top-performing athletes, and grow a super-cyclist embryo in a lab. Nurture this pedaling machine from birth to late teens in a secret hideaway with no internet access (less they get curious about their odd existence). Then unleash it on an unsuspecting world at the Eneco Tour.
Jack Clarkson

Bianchi Specialissima Vittoria Rubino Pro tyres Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite wheels

Put some light gas in your wheels

Helium in the tubes.
Neil Cobley

Race fixing.
Thurstan Johnston

Create a hyper-realistic android and install it as team leader for Grand Tours. You would only have to program it with three pre-set phrases to pass post-race interviews with flying colours. “I’ve got to thank the whole team”, “We gave it 110 per cent”, and “That’s bike racing”. No one will ever tell the difference.
Scott Harrison

Watch: Rotor Uno groupset, first look

Attaching two very fine nylon strands to the handlebars of a bike, and attach the other ends to a drone, flying high above the peloton. Then use the drone to pull along the rider. All you have to hope is that you don’t have to ride through a tunnel or under high-voltage electricity cables.
Dave Stuart

Clones of top riders so they can replace tired legs half way through and replenish power.
Quinn Simmons

As in Formula One, the motors will be controlled by pit staff.
Rodrigo Suarez

  • Samuel Clemens

    Yeah I missed that one, I was making dinner. Stoving away over a hot slave.

  • NitroFan

    Strategic flocks of sheep

  • Chumply Chummunderson

    Change ‘Having been dogged by doping scandals’ to ‘Having been doped by dogging scandals’ and this article takes on a whole new complexion.

  • @grayvelo

    Getting towed along behind the police bikes using a lasoo made from that almost-invisible thread

  • Chris Williams

    Like this one!

  • David Simons

    Hacking the wireless shifting of other teams

  • Lyndon Taylor

    they will still use drugs like they allways have dont kid urself that cycling has got rid of drugs cos it hasnt u cant change whats out there

  • Mike Markson

    Genetic clones. Recreate 5 or 6 Alberto C’s and rotate them throughout the race. Have some train exclusively for sprints, the others for climbing. They might be doing this already with Sagan.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    They will carry on as before but with better undetectable drugs .

  • Andrew Bairsto

    They have always done that.

  • MrHaematocrit

    Marginal Gains

  • anon

    implants as you might know them from cyborgs. You could increase the performance of motor neurons (the stuff that controls your muscles) and decrease fatigue, use electric stimulators to support legs and heart, change the wiring of your nervous system to reduce pain perception, and stuff like that.

  • Chris Williams

    If you think about other sports like F1 or MotoGP etc etc where you should be able to hide things, cycling should be straight forward – bike and body that’s it but the amount of things that people come up with is big and been going on for sooo long, from the days of Simpson cheating to resent dopers.

  • Chris Williams

    LOL that’s already been done so not in the future – its that outside help so shouldn’t he have been excluded?

  • Adrian North

    Team members pushing their sprinters up the climbs.