USAC, USADA and BRAC team up for Grass Roots Race Clean Program

BRAC Response
We budgeted for USADA presence for 2013, and putting $3,000 of that into the USAC Race Clean Program.

USADA has brought an educational presence to two BRAC events in last 8 months: Cross States at Cross of the North and Longmont Criterium last week (Senior Crit Champs).

No other entities are involved in paying the bills for these efforts. We believe that clean sport is important at all levels and are investing funds to further this goal.

From USAC

Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 10, 2013) -- USA Cycling announced today the official formalization of the RaceClean™ agreement with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The RaceClean™ program is an extensive anti-doping effort being introduced by USA Cycling to help facilitate increased testing in cycling in the U.S., which will include testing in several disciplines and at a variety of competition levels. USADA will continue to conduct the anti-doping program and handle any adjudication elements, ensuring that RaceClean™ reflects the highest standards of integrity and effectiveness, due to USADA’s independent, gold standard anti-doping program.

The RaceClean™ program is comprised of five key components:

Increased Testing at National Calendar Events. - This collaborative effort will be funded by USA Cycling, national calendar race directors, team owners/managers and riders. Testing, which will be conducted by USADA, will begin with road, mountain bike cross-country and cyclo-cross national calendars, with the goal of including track and BMX national calendars in the near future.
Increased Out-Of-Competition Testing - USA Cycling will work with USADA to add more riders to the registered testing pool. This requires riders to provide their whereabouts at all times to USADA for no-advance-notice testing.
Grassroots Testing - USA Cycling will work with its Local Associations that want to invest in more testing at the local level. USA Cycling will match funds up to $6,000 for each of the 34 Local Associations across the U.S. The Local Associations will opt into the program that USADA will implement.
Donations – USA Cycling will add a check-box on its license and club applications for members and clubs that wish to donate to the “RaceClean™ Fund.” Non-members may also show their support by making an online donation HERE.
Education – USA Cycling will help promote and amplify USADA’s, WADA’s and UCI’s extensive anti-doping education programs and resources through various USA Cycling platforms and programs. This includes the promotion of USADA’s successful “Play Clean Tip Line” http://www.usada.org/playclean.

This finalized agreement is the culmination of ongoing logistical preparations since the RaceClean™ program was announced earlier this year, for which USA Cycling and USADA have been organizing the details to implement the increased testing.

"As the program evolved from conceptual to experimental to contractual, both USA Cycling and USADA wanted to make sure we accurately captured the scope and intent of the program in the final agreement," said USA Cycling President & CEO Steve Johnson. "As is often the case, this was a little more involved than anticipated as it ultimately required significant changes in our rider waivers and event contracts."

The RaceClean™ program will increase the amount of testing already in place, which thus far in 2013 includes 100 tests at 10 USA Cycling calendar events. With the addition of the RaceClean™ program, it is anticipated that testing will be conducted at the majority of the remaining events on the 2013 calendar, covering the disciplines of road, mountain bike and cyclo-cross.

For more information, please visit the RaceClean webpage.

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They won't be that random

Regardless of what they say, these test will be targeted. Either they have been tipped off or have a strong suspicion about a rider. If you are doing EPO and crack you might be busted but if you are only doing crack you might be safe, as long as you don't do crack and go from cat 4 to cat 2 in one season and lap the cat 2 field.

The simple truth is that EPO,

The simple truth is that EPO, HGH, steroids, etc simply are not going to do much good for an amateur racer. Sure it makes a difference for elite pro riders who are training 30+ hours a week, starving themselves and riding grand tours. Continental pros who are racing 4-5 day stages races get less of a benefit.

Amateur/masters racers who's longest races are one-day 60-70 miles or maybe a 3 day stage race are going to get almost nothing. And they are likely taking big health risks. Any actual gains are probably pychologic. This is because doping is largely a recovery tool and the level of recovery needed for amateur races is much lower.

I'm not saying they shouldn't test amateurs (esp for natl races), but there should be better information about how little this stuff is useful for your typical local bike racer.

USAC and Mountain Biking

The Race Clean sounds good, but so far in mountain biking, seems to have been more of a PR move and money grab than useful program. Not sure what everyone has experienced so far.

We've had a series of shows on the USAC/UCI mess in mtb and the Race Clean program has come up in discussions.

In the April 5th show, Scott Tedro, owner of Sho Air discusses the Race Clean program, among other things: http://www.mountainbikeradio.com/the-dirt-with-drew-edsall/usa-cycling-s...

Here is the interview with Steve Johnson (prez and CEO of USAC) in which he discusses it: http://www.mountainbikeradio.com/inside-mountain-bike-radio/steve-johnso...

Scott Tedro aired his current frustrations with USAC on Thursday: http://www.mountainbikeradio.com/the-dirt-with-drew-edsall/national-cham...

I encourage comments, thoughts, feedback, etc. Just shoot me an email.

I wonder how this and the UCI

I wonder how this and the UCI pro rule will effect membership, and race sanctioning. As far as I know as of 2014, Pros will be once again banned from participating in non-USAC/UCI races. Nothing was changed except their enforcement date. I see more uproar as this rule is enforced, and as non-pro racers are busted for non-PED drugs that may be in their system. Things like MMJ, asthma meds w/o a permit, ect. Keep in mind, that a mountain bike racer in CO has plenty of opportunity to race without the USAC. No USAC permit, no Race Clean, no license, no membership.

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