Tech of the week: motorised doping, new kit and flashy bikes

We round up the big tech stories of the last week and point you to our newest buyer's guides

The biggest tech story of the week has been the alleged motorised doping incident at the Cyclocross World Championships, when a bike racked for Under 23 European and Belgian Women’s champion Femke Van den Driessche was detained by UCI officials. The exact nature of the incident has not been revealed by the UCI, but it’s generated a flurry of speculation. We’ve summarised everything you need to know.

Buyer’s guides for winter

We’ve been busy with our buyer’s guides this week. It’s still very much bib tight weather out there and we’ve summarised what to look for and our pick of the best.

A good waterproof jacket is a key part of your winter armoury

A good waterproof jacket is a key part of your winter armoury

And we haven’t neglected your top half either, with guides to waterproof cycling jackets and gloves.

If you still don’t fancy venturing outdoors, we’ve also looked at smart turbo trainers, what they do and whether you should buy one.

And new kit for summer

If all this wet and cold gear gets you down a bit, then you can look forward to the warmer weather, with Rapha launching its new 2016 summer range. It’s expanded its range of women’s kit as well as offering new designs and colours for some of its classics.

Rapha SS16 Souplesse Jersey and Souplesse Cap

Rapha’s ready for summer and has expanded its women’s range

Meanwhile Zipp has updated its 808 and 404 wheels – it has added NSW to the wheels’ names, which stands for Nest Speed Weaponry. The NSW includes new hubs, braking surfaces and rim profiles.

With customised bling

Matteo Trentin’s bike celebrating his taking the Ruban Jaune for riding 231km on last year’s Paris-Tours at an average 49.641kph is very understated relative to Alexander Vinokourov’s celebration of his 2012 Olympic gold.

The bicycle of Vinokourov before the 2016 Dubai Tour

Guess which medal he won in the Olympic road race

We’ve also looked at Cannondale’s one-off custom stars and stripes paint job on one of its CAAD12 bikes.

And if you fancy a bit of custom bling yourself, you can now change the colours of the straps and dials on your own Sidi shoes.

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