Great Britain Cycling Team Coaches undertake regular off bike workshops as part of its Rider Route Programme starting with its youngest level of youth development; the Regional Schools of Racing. One such workshop is anti-doping in sport & is possibly the first time that riders’ will be introduced to the subject in competitive sport.
Riders are informed about their responsibilities as a competing athlete, the implications & impacts surrounding drug use, the risks of taking supplements & how to minimise exposure to risk. They are advised that they alone are responsible (strict liability) for any banned substance found within their body no matter how it may have got there.
Not all youth riders or racing adults, for that matter, get to experience this workshop and so this summary of information has been reproduced to assist any competing rider. If you are racing in any Open Race Event, you could be requested to supply a sample for testing before or after competition. Drug testing can occur at any time and it is important to know that ‘In Competition’ includes the period up to 12 hours before the scheduled event.
Many banned substances can be obtained in non-prescription medication that can be bought over the counter at a local chemist and so from an early age those actively racing need to vigilant and remain informed.
Below are listed sources where to obtain additional information in order to stay informed. If you are unsure, please speak to a coach in the first instance.
The body responsible in the UK for all matters drug related is UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and contact information and further details can be found at:
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)
Contact information & advice produced by British Cycling can be found at:
British Cycling Compliance Team
Further information can also be found with:
THE PROHIBITED LIST
THE REAL WORLD PROHIBITED LIST
100% ME CLEAN SPORT APP
COACH DEVELOPMENT & SUPPORT