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Sixteen Associations Take Part in USA Cycling's 'RaceClean' Program



USA Cycling is pleased to announce that 16 local associations have signed up for the USA CyclingRaceClean™ program in 2014, a tremendous increase over 2013. Through the RaceClean™ program, USA Cycling matches funds with local associations for up to $3,500 per association to increase drug testing by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency at grassroots events, helping ensure a level playing field while promoting athletes’ health and well-being. The 16 associations that will be participating in the RaceClean™ program represent over 70% of USA Cycling’s members:

Florida Bicycle Racing Association (FBRA)

New York State Bicycle Racing Association (NYSBRA)
Carolinas Cycling Association (CCA)
Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC)
Georgia Bicycle Racing Association (GBRA)
Illinois Cycling Association (ICA)
Louisiana/Mississippi Bicycle Racing Association (LAMBRA)
Michigan Bicycle Racing Association (MBRA)
Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association (MABRA)
New England Bicycle Racing Association (NEBRA)
New Jersey Bicycling Association (NJBA)
Northern California/Nevada Cycling Association (NCNCA)
Pennsylvania Cycling Association (PCA)
Southern California/Nevada Cycling Association (SCNCA)
Tennessee Bicycle Racing Association (TBRA)
Texas Bicycle Racing Association (TXBRA)

USA Cycling created the RaceClean program as part of its ongoing commitment to clean sport, ensuring a level playing field, and promoting athletes’ health and well-being. This will be accomplished through a dual approach of increased education, using the resources developed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), and increasing the frequency and effectiveness of in-competition and out-of-competition drug testing at all levels of competitive cycling in the United States that is governed by USA Cycling.

GOAL 

The goal of the RaceClean program is to eradicate the use of performance enhancing drugs and techniques in cycling.

The strength of USA Cycling’s RaceClean program is the commitment from and collaboration with the key stakeholders, including riders, teams, race directors, and the Local Associations. USA Cycling will match the financial contributions put forth by these key stakeholders.

TESTING 

USADA will conduct the in-competition and out-of-competition testing, as well as any adjudication.  USADA will also select the events and athletes for testing.

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE RaceClean PROGRAM 
USA Cycling members can contribute to supporting this important and groundbreaking initiative by donating to the RaceClean fund when they purchase or renew their license online. All funds generated from donations will be used to support and increase the scope of the RaceClean program.

 

THERE ARE 5 KEY COMPONENTS OF THE RaceClean PROGRAM:

  1. Increased Testing at National Calendar Events — This collaborative effort will be funded by USA Cycling, national calendar race directors, team owners/managers and riders. Testing will begin with road, mountain bike cross-country, and cyclo-cross national calendars, with the goal of including track and BMX national calendars in the near future. USA Cycling will match funds put forward by teams and race directors.
     
  2. Increased Out-of-Competition Testing — USA Cycling will work with USADA to add more riders to the no advance notice registered testing pool. This requires riders to provide their whereabouts at all times to USADA in order to be available for testing.
     
  3. Grassroots Testing — USA Cycling is working with its Local Associations that want to invest in more testing at the local level. USA Cycling will match funds up to $6,000 for each of the 34 Local Associations across the U.S. The Local Associations will opt into the program that USADA will execute.
     
  4. Tax Deductible Donations — USA Cycling has a check box on its license and club applications for members and clubs that wish to donate to the ‘RaceClean Fund’. Non-members may also show their support by making an online donation HERE:

    5. Education — Using anti-doping educational resources developed by  

        USADA, WADA and the UCI, USA Cycling will amplify anti-doping  

        education programs through various USA Cycling platforms and programs.


 

USADA’s “PLAY CLEAN TIP LINE”

In its mission to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of athletes, USADA is unwavering in its belief that every athlete has the right to compete on a clean and level playing field, free from the pressures and influences of performance enhancing drugs. For this reason, USADA makes available a number of ways to report the abuse of performance enhancing drugs in sport in an effort to protect clean athletes and promote clean competition. One of the most effective tools has been the Play Clean Tip Line (1-877-752-9253) which is available to call if you have knowledge of someone using performance enhancing drugs or techniques.

 


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