Open letter to Mr. Pat Mc Quaid, President of the
Guest Editorial & open letter regarding proposals to
assist in cleaning up cycling...
Firstly, may I congratulate the UCI on the evolving efforts to rid our
wonderful sport of the cheats and their suppliers who continue to bring cycling
With major scientific advances in drug-testing procedures, coupled with the
mainstream global desire for a new start, we can visualize an era of clean, real
cycle sport. Professional Cycling has undergone frequent scandals from the use
of performance enhancing products; it is stigmatized as being dirty and
therefore we must take the lead, for all sports, in the prevention of this in
BikePure is an umbrella group of fans, riders, media and the cycle to protect
the integrity and the potential of cycle sport. Through the declarations of
thousands of our members, we have compiled a list of recommendations, which we
believe would improve the efficiency of the testing system by creating clarity
and restoring trust within the doping agencies.
Our proposals to assist with the clean up of
1. Introduction and immediate implementation of a blanked, fixed four-year ban
from competition for any doping offence.
2. Introduction of life bans for anyone caught doping for the second time.
3. Life bans for management and team personnel working with cyclists who assist
4. Strict adherence to the rulebook and a time limit of 4 weeks to be set
from sample taken to test result, inclusive of ruling.
5. Unification of all countries testing authorities under the UCI banner:
meaning that any doping infringements in a single country will have automatic
6. A standardization of testing procedures, time intervals under WADA, to be
enforced in each area.
7. Fully open results of the Bio-Passport program online and listed infringement
Bike Pure is the voice of the masses and we feel that the governing bodies
should take on board the feelings and wishes of the governed. We fully
understand you have a hard and complex job and wish to assist in every possible
way. With 5 current UCI world champions and an affiliate base from over 50
countries, BikePure's commitment and voice is steadfast and positive.
We hope this meets with your approval and we look forward to a response in
the near future.
Yours in cycling,
The Daily Peloton
We have and continue to publish contributors articles with many differing views on doping and the
administration of anti doping rules. The cycling community as a whole has to
confront the curse of drugs in the sport and the inherent short and long term
effects to riders health. It is important to dispel the myths of doping and the
idea for younger riders that doping will make it possible for them to reach
their dreams. It simply won't. It will lead to a life of secrecy and misery. If
you don't believe this read the confessions of some of the riders in the links
below who made the that crucial mistake.
We are determined to push the debate in this area and challenge the
assumptions of our readers and bring to light the differing opinions in the
cycling community. In the end we hope it brings about some positive change. The
publication of this editorial is in no way and endorsement of its proposals by
the www.dailypeloton.com or it's
The anti-doping battle is one that has to ultimately raise the standards of ethics and morals for
all the participants of the sport at every level and demand the same from their
fellows. It is a crusade for the hearts and minds
of cyclists to admit that doping is nothing more than cheating and stealing a
win from a fellow rider. We hope a system will eventually evolve that
allows a rider who has erred to come clean and make up his damage and loss of
reputation to the sport in some way and regain his integrity and return to
the peloton after. Any ethics system should strive to protect the group from the
unethical or stupid actions of other members and seek to return the whole to a
greater integrity and higher level of sanity and purpose.
Theft is an open admission that one could not have honestly earned something on his own efforts.
It will take the efforts of the cycling community at every level to win this
race for clean and fair sport .
Thanks for reading
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