Can an amateur beat Johan Museeuw up the Oude Kwaremont with the help of a motor? (video)

A Belgian amateur cyclist was pitted against Johan Museuuw on the Oude Kwaremont back in 2014, a video feature that is all the more interesting due to recent stories about mechanical doping

This video feature from Belgian TV series Koppen was originally broadcast back in 2014 but with motors in bikes now a discovered reality rather than just rumours, this clip can be viewed from a fresh perspective.

>>> Everything you need to know about the motorised doping scandal

Amateur Luc Keim races three-time Tour of Flanders winner Johan Museeuw up the Oude Kwaremont twice. The first time, both riders are on standard road bikes. For the second head-to-head, Keim is given a mechanically doped bike with a motor in the bottom bracket.

The contrast is stark so keep watching until they summit the famous climb for a second time to see what difference such a device can make.

Motor doping isn't so new, afterall

As mentioned, motorised doping has hit the headlines in a big way lately, thanks mostly to the discovery of a motor in one of Femke Van den Driessche's bikes at the U23 Cyclocross World Champs.

Despite it being very much a problem in cycling now, the above video shows how mechanically doped bikes are all that new afterall, which of course races concerns that they could have been used to win some of the biggest races for decades.

Four pro training drills to get you up to race pace

Kurt Bogaerts, DS of An Post Chain Reaction tells us about the four key drills he puts his riders through to get them race ready.

>>> What was Sean Kelly’s toughest ever day? (video)

These easy to follow training techniques can be used by anyone, from beginner to sportive rider to amateur racer, to get more out of their riding.

Huge crash at Tour of Qatar

The end of stage two of the Tour of Qatar was marked by a large crash in the peloton in sight of the finish line.

This incident was met with consternation on social media, and raised concerns due to the fact this was a test run for the 2016 UCI Road World Championships course.

Think you've ridden into a strong headwind? Think again

This video from stage three of the Volta a La Marina proved a hit on the site earlier this week, so this edition of videos of the week wouldn't be complete without it.

>>> How to ride in the wind

All seems reasonable when the riders head off from the gathering point and into the neutralised section, but the hurricane force winds soon wreak havoc on the peloton with riders blown over and bikes almost carried off by the gusts.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.