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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36 Comments

USADA or USAC

I thought USADA was in charge of doping control? Do we actually need USAC on board to allow for testing to occur?

On another note, if what Scott Tedro said is true on Mountain Bike Radio last Thursday night the USAC has lost a lot of credibility as a well established organization that we can trust. If they lied about the UCI rule, and then also didn't follow through with the committee they were supposed to form after delaying the UCI rule then how can we trust them. What else could they be lieing about and what kind of organization doesn't follow through with a committee that is crucial to the future development of mountain biking in the US?

Testing is a concern of mine, but I am more concerned about USAC's inability to realize how important this rule is to the future of mountain biking in the US. As of now things look to be heading into a split direction if this rule is enforced which will NOT help mountain biking's future.

Don't believe anything Tedro

Don't believe anything Tedro says. He only knows half (his half) of the story, I'm sure.

Also, Stevie Johnson told the ACA 2011 Annual Meeting the same thing about that UCI rule and offered no proof that the UCI wanted it enforced. And, remember he said no more dual sanctioning in 2012...except in Oregon.

I appreciate the privacy

I appreciate the privacy concern, sort of. If they were positive, we already know about them. If they were negative, why would it matter if we know who they are, unless they were targeted instead of randomly selected for testing. Considering the expense of setting up the controls, it's hard to imagine the vampires showed up to take one random sample. My conclusion would have to be that IF they took one sample at a race, it was targeted. The fact they took the sample at the race was likely due to not knowing where else to find the racer in question, as ACA members don't report their movements like pros do.

Can you tell us at which ACA race random sampling occurred?

Oh goody, the War on Drugs

Oh goody, the War on Drugs (which has been just SO successful), coming to a parking lot crit near you! With the attendant breaches of civil rights (unreasonable search and seizure). Honestly, if someone feels like they want or have to dope to win a water bottle or a $25 gift certificate to Golden Corral, their life is already so pathetic as to be more punishment than any possible USADA sanction. Can't wait to get branded as a doper for using meds to control my asthma without a TUE because they're such a PITA to get. That'll look great to my next employer when they do a background check! Save that shizzle for the pros.

While I agree with

While I agree with essentially your comments, I have to say you're off base with your concerns over civil rights. It's not unreasonable to conduct random drug testing, especially given that you've already consented to the possibility of being tested. If you prefer not to be tested, you can opt out of the testing by opting out of the VOLUNTEER participation in the sport. It's all up to you, really.

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