USADA is coming to Colorado Racing

It was announced at the Local Associations of USAC meeting last weekend that USADA is developing a testing program that will provide education and testing resources of athletes at the amateur level of cycling and that program will be coming to Colorado in 2013. The program was piloted in the Florida area already where apparent drug usage was high and so high that some could say that Florida is leading the effort to clean up amateur racing by creating their own Florida Clean Ride Fund. But even so, tempers are still high as earlier in September a race director in Florida refused WADA access to riders

When WADA drug testers showed up unannounced at the 2012-13 Florida State Championship Series last weekend, race promoter Dave Bergen refused to allow the technicians to collect samples because “he had no prior warning or notification” and he had “never seen dope testing conducted” for a local amateur event.

USADA will be showing up to at least one high profile race in 2013 according to Chris McGee. While Colorado may not be apparently as bad as Florida it has had it share of suspensions and one high profile suspension of Chuck Coyle ends this month.

Here is more information on the matter from the ACA webpage on the matter

We had the opportunity to meet with USADA's Andrew Morrison, Sport Testing and Resources Director, last weekend at the USA Cycling Local Association Summit in Colorado Springs. Our conversation focused on how to both educate our athletes, and how to best provide testing and deterrents to ensure that our athletes are competing on a clean, fair playing field. It is important to note that ALL athletes at USAC events are subject to both in- and out- of competition testing by USADA.

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USAC is building a Local Association Anti-Doping Program, which will coordinate efforts, help target testing by USADA, and provide funding for LAs to bring USADA presence to local events. At this time, cycling is the only Olympic sport in the USA that is working on this sort of program.

It is important to point out that this is made possible by the ACA and their new relationship with USAC

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Please correct me if I'm

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I could potentially be sanctioned by the USADA because I take Advil Cold and Sinus to help alleviate allergy symptoms. One of the active ingredient in Advil Cold and Sinus is Pseudoephedrine, which is a banned substance. What I don't know is if the amount is enough for a sanction. But, still, as a Cat 4 racer, I should be sanctioned for taking Advil Cold and Sinus? I realize that as a first time offense(if I remember correctly), I can explain why I tested positive and I can then get a doctor's prescription and a TUE. But all that just because I take Advil Cold and Sinus on occasion?

The TUE ( Therapeutic Use

The TUE ( Therapeutic Use Exception) is not designed for the average person, and places huge onerous on the applicant. Racers with significant medical problems are denied TUEs since their Doctors find it difficult to take an individuals off of their meds to produce baseline data. Producing baseline data could take up to 6 months. Many Amateur racers have jobs and lives outside of this sport, and rely on certain medication to accomplish day to day task. Conditions like ADHD / ADD and thyroid disorders need daily medication regiments.Medical professionals prescribe appropriate therapy for these disorders, why is a prescription not enough for the average racer? Once a racer achieves a TUE they must maintain levels based on USADA standards IE; a racer still must maintain 4:1 ratio even with a TUE. I have yet to hear of a racer taking EPO with a prescription. Final note, many racers would not pass the USADA testing process tomorrow with all the inhalers, Stimulants in Vitamins, and of course Marijuana is a band substance - too bad Colorado just passed Amendment 64. Testing is a good idea and we should embrace it when the standards for the average person is more realistic

One last note- the current testing process can produce false positives. How will USADA handle a false positive. Once the information is released to the community a person is considered guilty. If a false positive is produced in the world of Google and a potential or current employer may not hire a candidate based internet hear say

TUE Requirements

You're right and wrong at the same time.

"The TUE ( Therapeutic Use Exception) is not designed for the average person"

You're right it isn't designed for the average person, because they're not subject to the same requirements as pros.

Amateurs (those not in the National Testing Pool - you will know if you are in the NTP), have different TUE requirements.
If you take diuretics, insulin, albuterol/inhalers, or "substances prohibited only in-competition or prohibited by particular sports", you don't need a TUE in advance as an athlete outside of the NTP.

If you have a positive test for the above, it can be reconciled with medical records, prescription history, etc.

Details here: http://www.usada.org/tue-policy/

I'll say this again. What a

I'll say this again. What a joke for Cat 3's and 4's. You think anyone playing a softball league on Thursday evening is having someone come into the bathroom with them, make them face them, and watch them pee in a cup? The people that show up to a few races a year just for fun are going to be subjected to a blood and urine test? I understand the effectiveness of EPO and some other PED's in endurance sports is far higher then other sports, i.e. taking ephedra to help be 10 lbs lighter isn't going to make you 10% better at hitting a baseball. But let's get real here....no one is making any money in Cat 3 or 4 at this.

Sometimes I wonder if cycling is purposefully trying to drive people away from the sport. If you want to get into a sport and like to compete but are at a low level; are you really willing to be subjected this? Can you imagine if someone came out to a race just to check it out and see if they want to get involved and asked what the "Doping Control" sign was for? Think they are going to be motivated to start racing?

Eric Jensen?....

Want to elaborate on your comment there buddy? Don't assume because someone makes a comment that they are doping or that they won't want to participate. Also, that kind of attitude of "good riddance" is how #'s at races dwindle and is also a craptastic way to represent your sport.

I know what Eric means

I don't believe Eric's comment meant that you are a doper just that if you don't like the system than maybe you don't do that event. Show up and you see doping control then leave the bike on your car and be a spectator. It's not really a big loss as someone else already pointed out, this at worst could reduce the field by about %6 of the riders.

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