FLIR Thermal Cameras Help USA Cycling Tackle Cheating
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
As summer approaches, towns across America will host cycling
races for the nation’s top bike riders. But as in all sports, some have tried
to cheat the system in an attempt to win at all costs. In some cases, cycling
racers have hidden small motors installed inside bike frames to help give an
extra boost. Now, with FLIR and thermal imaging’s help, USA Cycling is doing something to catch
cheaters in the act.
At the recent 2016 Volkswagen Professional Road National
Championships in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, FLIR and USA Cycling partnered
to help monitor bicycles for illegal motors and components – otherwise known as
USA Cycling used the FLIR T640 thermal imaging camera in the professional men’s and women’s races on
May 28. They filmed both races during critical points of the race and in
locations where motors were likely to be used, particularly in hilly sections. They
inspected the bikes to detect suspicious heat and surface temperatures but
found no illegal components.
FLIR is happy to support USA Cycling’s goals in this effort,
and we look forward to a great summer of bike races ahead. To find a USA Cycling-sponsored event near
you, visit https://www.usacycling.org/events/.