Steroids on a racing licence

unixnerd
unixnerd Posts: 2,864
edited February 2013 in Road general
So I went to the Doc today and was prescribed a course of steroids for a throat problem that's been dogging me for two months (should have gone sooner but I'm male). He knows me and asked if I raced much, I said I got a racing licence last year for one or two races. He pointed out I'd fail a drugs test (which British Cycling are allowed to conduct on me and I agreed to when I signed up). Now as a 45 year old amateur who races twice a year I'm not that bothered, especially as I'll be off them in 7 days. But it does raise the point that a pro cyclist or a determined amateur would have been stuck and unable to take legitimate medication. They'll be well out of my system by spring and I didn't take them to cheat.

It backs up something I've thought for a while, pro cyclists take a hell of a lot out of there systems but are denied a lot of "normal" medical care due to the rules. Just doesn't seem right, although it could be open to abuse of course.
http://www.strathspey.co.uk - Quality Binoculars at a Sensible Price.
Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert 2012, Cannondale CAAD5,
Marin Mount Vision (1997), Edinburgh Country tourer, 3 cats!

Comments

  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,551
    there's the theraputic use exemption...

    http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/member ... -Exemption

    as used by you know who, although he didn't bother getting one up front, just arranged a backdated one after he was caught, odd that
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • p1tse
    p1tse Posts: 694
    A friend used to be a semi pro rugby and was telling me a lot of off the shelf medicines has banned substance even taking too much lemsip!!
    Wanted: Cube Streamer/Agree GTC Compact / Pro/ Race : 53cm
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Drug-testing in rugby?

    Probably to make sure they're taking enough? ;-)
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • In broad terms the WADA banned list contains;

    1) Performance enhancing drugs - Say no more really defined as out and out cheating.
    2) Masking agents - these are drugs often prescribed with a genuine medical reason, however if you took a test for PED's it would show nil and therefore the test has been extend to include masking agents too.

    You can check if your specific steroid is on the banned list here - http://www.wada-ama.org/en/Science-Medi ... ited-List/

    The Therapeutic Use Exemption info is here - http://www.wada-ama.org/en/Science-Medicine/TUE/

    BC have tested amateur racers in the past - http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/lat ... r-epo.html
    Pain hurts much less if its topped off with beating your mates to top of a climb.
  • VTech
    VTech Posts: 4,736
    I joined the cycle club and also paid for the licence, however, my only intention is the keep fit aspect and also joining the local club for cycle runs and maybe the odd day event from the cycle magazines.
    Do you need a licence to do these events ? If so, are you liable for testing ?
    This is purely a question based on me being inquisitive and not being a drug addict btw.
    Living MY dream.
  • jgsi
    jgsi Posts: 5,062
    VTech wrote:
    I joined the cycle club and also paid for the licence, however, my only intention is the keep fit aspect and also joining the local club for cycle runs and maybe the odd day event from the cycle magazines.
    Do you need a licence to do these events ? If so, are you liable for testing ?
    This is purely a question based on me being inquisitive and not being a drug addict btw.

    Good for joining a cycling club, and no you dont need any form of race licence for a sportive event in the UK and you certainly will not get 'tested'' except by the parcours.
  • VTech wrote:
    I joined the cycle club and also paid for the licence, however, my only intention is the keep fit aspect and also joining the local club for cycle runs and maybe the odd day event from the cycle magazines.
    Do you need a licence to do these events ? If so, are you liable for testing ?
    This is purely a question based on me being inquisitive and not being a drug addict btw.


    Sportive & club rides not a problem. Racing then you could be.
    Pain hurts much less if its topped off with beating your mates to top of a climb.
  • ShutUpLegs
    ShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    'Lets test the 4 stone overweight, sweaty red faced one today'......
  • VTech
    VTech Posts: 4,736
    ShutUpLegs wrote:
    'Lets test the 4 stone overweight, sweaty red faced one today'......

    Come on, you surely can do better than that. Im actually starting to get a sense of pity for you guys, did you really expect me to roll over a cry, your feeble attempts to bully me like a school kid just because you dont like my point of views, its laughable.
    Remember this, I havent entered your threads and been abusive :!:

    Ohh, you are going to make me cry now, boohoo...
    Living MY dream.
  • unixnerd
    unixnerd Posts: 2,864
    I don't think he meant it as a personal insult. Just that they're more likely to test those who finish in the top three.
    http://www.strathspey.co.uk - Quality Binoculars at a Sensible Price.
    Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert 2012, Cannondale CAAD5,
    Marin Mount Vision (1997), Edinburgh Country tourer, 3 cats!
  • Wow, that escalated quickly...
  • mike6
    mike6 Posts: 1,199
    VTech wrote:
    ShutUpLegs wrote:
    'Lets test the 4 stone overweight, sweaty red faced one today'......

    Come on, you surely can do better than that. Im actually starting to get a sense of pity for you guys, did you really expect me to roll over a cry, your feeble attempts to bully me like a school kid just because you dont like my point of views, its laughable.
    Remember this, I havent entered your threads and been abusive :!:

    Ohh, you are going to make me cry now, boohoo...

    Pardon? I must have missed something here.

    You asked for advice and got it, I didnt see any personal abuse.
  • VTech
    VTech Posts: 4,736
    mike6 wrote:
    VTech wrote:
    ShutUpLegs wrote:
    'Lets test the 4 stone overweight, sweaty red faced one today'......

    Come on, you surely can do better than that. Im actually starting to get a sense of pity for you guys, did you really expect me to roll over a cry, your feeble attempts to bully me like a school kid just because you dont like my point of views, its laughable.
    Remember this, I havent entered your threads and been abusive :!:

    Ohh, you are going to make me cry now, boohoo...

    Pardon? I must have missed something here.

    You asked for advice and got it, I didnt see any personal abuse.

    You would have to read several other posts to get the full picture.
    Living MY dream.