If you are looking to race then not borrowing your mate’s bike is a sound piece of advice.
You may have heard that 19-year-old Belgian Femke Van de Driessche was “caught” with a concealed motor in the frame of her bike at the 2016 World Cyclo-Cross Championship. Her defence? It is stated that the bike belonged to a friend and was put in her pit by mistake.
The mistake could cost the Belgian her career as the UCI have mooted a lifetime ban and a fine of fifty thousand Euros.
The UCI will not accept the defence put forward despite the bikes “owner” stepping forward to claim ownership. Such “technical fraud” is covered by strict UCI rules that state it is the responsibility of the rider and their team to ensure that bikes comply with regulations.
Anyone want a ride on my new Pinarello Dogma F8 Disc with “boost” button?