We received a press release that NCNCA was joining Race Clean. This is a step in the right direction though the specifics of the program seem pretty fuzzy. What will this mean for actual testing at a local level? Likely not a lot, though I would guess that USADA might show up at some high profile local events,and extend their testing beyond just the Pro 1/2 categories. It is no silver bullet, but it’s a brave new world and at least something is happening.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA/NEVADA CYCLING ASSOCIATION JOINS FORCES WITH USA CYCLING AND THE U.S. ANTI-DOPING AGENCY (USADA) TO ERADICATE THE USE OF PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS AND TECHNIQUES IN CYCLING THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN THE 2014 RACECLEAN™ PROGRAM.
The Northern California/Nevada Cycling Association (NCNCA) has announced full support and participation in the 2014 RaceClean™ program administered by USA Cycling and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The goal of the program is to eradicate the use of performance enhancing drugs and blood doping techniques in competitive cycling through education, outreach and athlete testing.
The RaceClean™ program was created by USA Cycling as part of its ongoing commitment to clean sport, ensuring a level playing field, and promoting athletes’ health and well-being. This will be accomplished through a dual approach of increased education, using the resources developed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), and increasing the frequency and effectiveness of in-competition and out-of-competition drug testing at all levels of competitive cycling in the United States. By making the financial commitment to participate the NCNCA has extended the reach of the program to the grass roots level. NCNCA President Tim Burgess said “Our district produces some of the most competitive racing in the country. Many of the top male and female junior, elite, masters and professional riders race, train and live within our region. The possibility of testing for performance enhancing drugs at any of our more than 200 racing events in 2014 is a major step toward assuring that all racers compete on a level playing field.” Tim Burgess also noted that the program would extend beyond the Junior and Elite categories, and that women and masters racers are likely to be tested as well.
Information on prohibited substances, methods and the risk of contaminated supplements may be obtained by visiting the substances page of the USADA website – http://www.usada.org/substances
About NCNCA: The Northern California/Nevada Cycling Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and developing competitive cycling in Northern California and Northern Nevada. For more information visit www.ncnca.org or contact Steve Rosefield by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About USA Cycling: The mission of USA Cycling is to achieve sustained success in international cycling competition and grow competitive cycling in America. For more information visit www.usacycling.org or contact Jessie Hammond by email: email@example.com
About USADA: The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is the national anti-doping organization (NADO) in the United States for Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American sport. The U.S. Congress recognized USADA as “the official anti-doping agency for Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic sport in the United States.” For more information visit www.usada.org or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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