First male winner of British eRacing Championships stripped of title and banned for ‘data manipulation’

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<img src="https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/10/DSC_5666-d3043a2.jpg?quality=45&resize=620,413" srcset="https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/10/DSC_5666-d3043a2.jpg?quality=45&amp;resize=2400,1598 2400w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/10/DSC_5666-d3043a2.jpg?quality=45&amp;resize=1920,1278 1920w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/10/DSC_5666-d3043a2.jpg?quality=45&amp;resize=1440,959 1440w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/10/DSC_5666-d3043a2.jpg?quality=45&amp;resize=1200,799 1200w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/10/DSC_5666-d3043a2.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=960,639 960w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/10/DSC_5666-d3043a2.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=720,479 720w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/10/DSC_5666-d3043a2.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=576,383 576w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/10/DSC_5666-d3043a2.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=360,239 360w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/10/DSC_5666-d3043a2.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=180,119 180w, " sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" width="620" height="413" class="wp-image-402219 alignnone size-landscape_thumbnail" alt="British Cycling National eRacing Championships, Cameron Jeffers" title="British Cycling National eRacing Championships, Cameron Jeffers" /> <p>The first male winner of the British Cycling eRacing Championships has been disqualified, fined and banned after a charge of ‘unsporting conduct’ was upheld by the national governing body.</p>
<p>Cameron Jeffers won the inaugural title in March but has been stripped of the jersey after manipulating ‘pre-race data to gain an unfair advantage via in-game equipment’, according to British Cycling. The title has now been awarded to James Phillips.</p>
<p>Jeffers, who has accepted a £250 fine and six-month suspension from all racing, revealed via his Twitter account that the charge relates to the virtual ‘Tron’ bike unlocked ahead of the inaugural championships.</p>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Cameron Jeffers has been stripped of the national title won in March.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Wilkinson/SWPix.com</i></span>
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<p>“Essentially an ANT+ simulator was used to climb the 50,000m [required] in game to unlock the bike which means I didn’t personally operate Zwift to unlock the bike,” <a href="https://twitter.com/Cameron_Jeffers/status/1180167781729361921">said Jeffers in a statement</a>.</p>
<p>“I accept this practice was unethical and unsporting and I have fully cooperated with BC on their investigation. I fully believe in esports and its part in cycling’s future. I will continue to support it and use what I have learnt from my mistakes to help shape it as it grows.</p>
<p>“This has been a long, tiring and financially draining process and I’d like to apologise to the people who support me. I’m looking forward to putting this behind me now and moving forward. Congratulations to the new eRacing National Champion James Philipps.”</p>
<p>British Cycling’s integrity and compliance director, Rod Findlay, said: “Defending fair play in our competitions is at the core of our responsibilities as a governing body.</p>
<p>“The fact that we have been able to investigate the offence and uphold the charge reflects the strength of our new disciplinary regulations and our determination to pursue misconduct.”</p>
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