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

On all levels? Really?

I can't wait to get suspended for smoking dope after I get randomly selected for a whiz quiz following my 23rd place finish in 35+ Cat 3s.

Not that I think that will ever happen, but testing should be limited to Cat 1 and higher. While cheating at a lower level is more despicable than at the elite levels, at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter.

when I was an official years

when I was an official years ago in another region, it was an open secret that there was quite a bit of doping going on. The primary guys (who boasted about it to their teammates, actually) were 35+ Masters and guys trying to upgrade from 3 to Pro/1/2 actually.

This was in the 90s so it was primarily stims (caffeine suppositories) and corticosteroids, which were easy to get. Guys getting coked before a crit was not unheard of either.

I wouldn't be surprised if there was a not insignificant EPO presence in Colorado, notably among wealthier racers who have access to one of the many biopharma networks here in state.

Testing

In Colorado, "Grassroots testing" has a whole new meaning. Somehow riding after you've toked up doesn't seem like a racing 'advantage' to me. The NFL has a very long and very specific list of substances which are banned or will cause positive readings. Will such a list be provided to riders before this program begins?

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