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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When the news broke about

When the news broke about Papp and his list a group of us who have been racing pro/1/2 around Boulder for a long time talked about who we would think would be on the list. I am not saying Chuck is guilty (I have no idea), but he was the one name that all of us said would not suprise us to see on Papp's list. Well lets just say we were not too suprised now.

I am getting tired of his friends saying he did not do it and wait for his story. Ok, we waited for his story. That is what all of you are placing your faith in? That story has so many holes in it is a joke. I get it, he is your friend and a nice guy, just try to be objective. Same with Velonews, love the way they covered up PZ name in his case, then make fun of the guy from MI (who owned up to it), and now go out of their way to blow smoke about Chuck.

It also gives me a warm fuzzy when Baldwin says he knows Chuck is innocent. I am not slandering Chris, but he too has failed a drug test, got suspended by the USA and then used a loop hole to race ACA all summer. That loop hole was changed as a result of him (and Chris Fisher). You are a nice guy Chris and you failed a drug test, it happens.

Step-Up Teammates

So here are Chuck’s 2008 teammates. Any of you guys want to come clean about using Chuck’s credit card and computer to buy PEDs?

2008 Team Successful Living Pro Cycling
Charles Dionne (CANADA – Colavita/Sutter Home)
Eric Bennett (USA – Time Factory Development Team)
Brad White (USA – Discovery Channel/Marco Polo)
Brian Jensen (USA – HRCC/Trek)
Cody O’Reilly (USA – Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)
Alessandro Bazzana (ITALY)
Chuck Coyle (USA)
Ricardo Escuela (ARGENTINA)
JR Grabinger (USA)
Curtis Gunn (USA)
Alexi Martinez (USA)
Christian Valenzuela (MEXICO)

Steve Hegg – Team Director
Ken Yamakoshi – Team Manager
Ryan Yee – Rider Manager
Alex Banyay – Team Mechanic

About Successful Living Pro Cycling Team
Based in Ventura, California, Team Successful Living Pro Cycling managed by Lemire Racing, LLC enters its third year of competition under the continuous title sponsorship of Successful Living. The team is comprised of 12 full time professionals who earned over 30 victories including 5 NRC wins in 2007. Team Successful Living is directed by Olympic Gold Medalist and Bicycle Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Hegg. For more information on Team Successful Living, visit .

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What Happened To Your Story Supporting Chuck Kris?


You posted an article this am saying you believe Chuck, but offering little evidence of why and zero critical review of the facts/Chuck's "explanation". It would be nice if guys like you, and Neal over at Velonews, objectively reviewed the facts of Chuck story and drew some conclusions. I would be interested to read someone's reviews of the facts and how they are believable and make sense. That might help some of your reader understand the issue and see the other side. Now your story is gone from the site. What happened to it? Did you change your mind or did you think it was inappropriate?

BTW thanks for posting Tilford's take. That was some good stuff. Adam Myerson has a similar take and even went as far as to say there were rumors about Chuck for a while. Funny all the Boulder pros lining up to defend Chuck and all the other guys saying guilty. I guess that is how we look at it these days. If we know the guy and like him he is innocent. If we do not know the guy, he must be guilty.

Yep I took it down

I'm all a mess over this story. Yes, I do believe in Chuck... or maybe I want to believe, I'm not sure which it is. I took it down. For those who did see it, it was 100% opinion based with 0 facts. It was not written as a reporter.

Sorry for the post and then pull back. Just trying to enjoy the holidays now.

Thank you for owning it.

Thank you for owning it.

I think you saying you want to believe is one of the most honest things I have read.That is a good point of view. A lot of us in Boulder want to believe, but man his side of the story did absolutely nothing to help me believe him. It is the kind of story you could easily prepare in advance of internationally buying the EPO for your own use, just so you had back cover if you got caught. I am not saying he did it, I am just saying I wish there were more facts to make it easier to believe Chuck, short of he is a nice guy, and the Boulder pro mafia says he is innocent.

Nothing wrong with an opinion piece, but if you are going to do it, please review the facts of his defense, and make a case based on them, and if they are plausible.