Chuck Coyle - Receives Sanction for Doping Violation

Here is the press release about Chuck Coyle's doping violation. Stories on 303Cycling that reference Chuck.


Colorado Springs, Colo. (November 24, 2010) - USADA announced today that U.S. cycling athlete, Charles “Chuck” Coyle, of Boulder, Colorado, has accepted a two-year period of ineligibility for an anti- doping rule violation based on his purchase, possession and use of synthetic erythropoietin (EPO) and insulin growth factor (IGF-1).

EPO is a synthetic hormone used to stimulate the body’s production of red blood cells, thereby increasing oxygen transport and aerobic power. IGF-1 is a synthetic hormone used to aid in recovery and build lean muscle mass. Both EPO and IGF-1 are prohibited substances in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors and Related Substances under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union (UCI) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti- Doping Code (“Code”) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Coyle’s two-year period of ineligibility began on November 24, 2010, the day he accepted the sanction. Additionally, Coyle is disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to June 13, 2007, the date he first committed the anti-doping rule violation based on evidence in USADA’s possession, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

In an effort to aid athletes, as well as all support team members such as parents and coaches, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (, conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference documentation.

USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

From VeloNews:

USADA announces another cycling suspension

By Charles Pelkey Updated: Nov 24th 2010 7:26 PM EST

Coyle is fast, but not fast enough to outrun USADA

Boulder-area racer Charles “Chuck” Coyle has accepted a two-year suspension after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency found that he had purchased and used synthetic erythropoietin (EPO) and insulin growth factor (IGF-1).

The 38-year-old Coyle is the president of the Boulder-based Hüdz-Vista Subaru cyclocross team and has been an active road, track and `cross racer for 20 years.

Coyle’s two-year suspension began on Wednesday, when he accepted the penalty after investigators presented evidence of purchases of illicit performance-enhancing drugs dating back to June 13, 2007. Under UCI and USADA rules, Coyle will be required to return any prizes earned since that date.

As was the case with another suspension announced Wednesday, Coyle’s case did not involve an analytical positive test, but was based on evidence of purchases of illicit performance-enhancing drugs supplied in other investigations.

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Is the USADA going after the wrong guy?

To answer your rhetorical question, YES cheaters do go on public forums (and speak to the press) about being "clean" even when it is not true. Hello. Does someone need to provide you a list of all the hypocrites and deniers?

It certainly looks like "Chuck" even had the gall to speak out about how the USADA should be "going after" young up and coming racers before masters racers. Sounds like a self serving statement to me.

I sincerely doubt that the USADA went after the wrong guy. After all, this Coyle guy signed a confession and accepted the consequences. Why are so many of you in denial?

Oh and by the way, its not like a 2 year suspension is an "end of the world" penalty for a 38 year old racer. In two years he can race with the other 40+ masters racers. He may get some cold shoulders or stares, but he will be free to compete once again.

In the meantime he can go about earning a living and have his freedom to do anything he wants (other than compete in USA cycling sanctioned events). He will have no criminal record. Put it in perspective. If he really loves cycling, he can do century rides, grando fondos, bike tours, whatever.

so whats worse?

A young guy cheating to turn pro? Or a old guys cheating to beat the young guys.... Or a old guy who takes a spot on a team that could go to a young developing rider, distrubutes dope to everyone and wears ddopers suck t shirts?

ACA Honors USADA Sanctions for Chuck Coyle

From the ACA

ACA Honors USADA Sanctions

Wed, 2010-12-08

Charles "Chuck" Coyle was suspended for two years from ACA competition on 11/26/10 based on a USADA Sanction made on the evening of 11/24/10. This is based on Rule 16.6 in the ACA Rulebook. Additionally, we have completed removing Coyle from all ACA race results during the "Loss of Results" period of his sanction. Next, we will be recalculating points competitions and finally be creating archives of past points competition results.

This process will be repeated with any other sanctions made by USADA/UCI/USAC or others that involve loss of results.

For more information on USADA, their testing and athlete resources, please visit