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Researchers Willing to Pay Cyclists to Ride Mont Ventoux After Taking EPO

A research group in the Netherlands is willing to pay cyclists to ride up Mont Ventoux after taking EPO, as part of a new study. 

The request has gone out by the Centre for Human Drug Research (CHDR) in Holland, who’s looking for 48 seasoned male, cyclists between the ages of 18-45, to participant in a study which seeks to investigate the effects that EPO has on the performance, as well as the side-effects it may produce. 

“Comprehensive literature search showed that there has been no adequate research into the effects of EPO for cyclists,” said a statement on the research group’s website.

“Our conclusion is therefore that it is not proven that EPO has a performance-enhancing effect in professional cyclists. This study should provide clarity in the matter.”

Participants must be willing to undergo a 12 week program, which includes 15 days of training for 3 hours at a time, concluding with a 150 kilometer race up Mont Ventoux.

As part of the study, a mix of participants will receive either EPO or a placebo during 8 of 15 training days.  

You can read more about the study here, but you better polish up on your Dutch first.

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