There's been some chatter on MABRA about having drug testing at a local event. Testing would occur once and be paid for by the riders of that one event.
Man, I'd pay twice that to bust anyone who dopes and races against me. Up until this Fall, when I rolled up to a race I didn't usually think about doping. I assumed everyone was clean.
Then I read about Joe Papp's sting operation. Apparently, over 100 riders across the country purchased Chinese EPO from Joe several years ago. Buyers included a local Cat 3, Michigan and Colorado masters racers, and a boatload of others who have yet to be named.
Then came Floyd Landis' pretty much decisive indictment of professional cycling, making it clear that at the top level, doping is ubiquitous, if not universal.
I race to win, and I race to beat people fairly, and I know I fail at this almost every time. Part of the joy of racing is believing I am up against guys facing the same obstacles and aided by the same training, nutrition, and fanatical devotion to power data. Guys who believe in the rules, the sanctity of bike racing.
Pro cycling, as Floyd convincingly details it, has an entirely different set of rules (please, please, read this interview--it's the best thing I've read on cycling since You Got Dropped first dropped).
Amateur cycling is our sport. It's guys I know. I don't want it to be a game of testing and funding and lies and so on.
I'm not sure what to think. It's weird contemplating a sport where we'd test people and not just trust them to show up clean. But maybe I'm being naive.