USA Cycling Launch RaceClean to Combat Doping
March 6, 2013
USA Cycling has unveiled the RaceClean program in an attempt to increase doping controls at their various calendar events.
RaceClean’s aim is to bring the US Anti-Doping Agency to more races across the States and will feature at their National Calendar events, grassroots races and out-of-competition.
The programme is being described as the ‘most extensive anti-doping effort to be introduced by a US National Governing Body within its own events.’
RaceClean will be funded by USA Cycling and contributions from races, teams, riders and voluntary donations.
The initiative will increase education and testing, with USADA conducting controls and doping cases.
“The development of this innovative and collaborative RaceClean program is intended to send a strong statement about anti-doping, further establish the trust in our sport, and ensure a level playing field at all levels of racing,” said USA Cycling President and CEO Steve Johnson.
“This important program represents a considerable financial contribution by USA Cycling, and it is gratifying to see that race directors, teams, riders and our Local Associations fully support this initiative.
“Members and non-members alike can actively participate and show their commitment to clean competition by making a donation to the USA Cycling RaceClean fund.”
Optum Pro Cycling Director, Jonas Carney pledged his support and commented: “Our team sees this effort by USA Cycling as a big step forward in the fight against doping here in the US.
“It is everyone’s responsibility to fight for a clean sport … Our team welcomes the increased testing and we hope that this will help to ensure a fair and level playing field for competitive cyclists in America.”