Andrew Hastings was banned for four years for taking steroids while Gabriel Evans has admitted using EPO as a junior racer


Amateur cycling in the United Kingdom has been rocked by two doping scandals in a matter of hours, with a Master’s champion receiving a ban and a junior champion making an admission.

Andy Hastings, winner of the British Masters Championships (age 35-39) in 2015, was banned for using two anabolic steroids, claiming the banned substances had come from a borrowed, used needle with which he injected Vitamin B12.

Gabriel Evans, 18, then took to a time trialling forum to admit that he was caught with EPO and later rode, and won, the British Junior 10mi Championships, citing curiosity at the drug having watched BBC’s Panorama programme on the subject.

The Reaction

Gabriel Evans

The reactions to Evans’s confession took one of two stances: 1) the youngster was let down by his support network and his cycling mentors; or 2) the 18-year-old should banned for life for his decision to dope.

Andrew Hastings

There appears to be slightly less pity for Andrew Hastings, and even less support for his claim of using a borrowed, used needle from a man he met at “Monster Gym”.

And finally…

  • Ciaran Carroll

    In the original article it is stated that Evans only bought EPO for the first time on the 3rd of August this year and was caught in a training camp on the 11th. He may have lied about the amount of time he’s been using the drug but there’s no way of telling how long he has. PEDs are PEDs, he will receive a ban regardless of his age. He’s old enough to know what a banned substance is.

  • bluelena69

    I believe he was talking about using EPO when he was 15. He’s 18 now. I could have read it wrong but I believe this was the case.

  • Ciaran Carroll

    He’s 18 years old, he’s definitely heard of Lance Armstrong and where doping got him. He was foolish to use EPO out of curiosity. Omerta is over (hopefully), the lad should have spoken out about his suspicions of others rather than joining in.

  • bluelena69

    Wow. Some people are so ruthless, heartless and rigidly authoritarian when it comes to PEDs. So some 15yo kid makes a mistake, admits that he did so, and explains why he did so and you want him to receive a lifetime ban? Seriously? Also, were you ever 15?

    The kids should be commended IMO. His admission and explanation will do much more to further your cause than a cruel and senseless lifetime ban. A lot can be gained from his comments to help others avoid the same mistakes.

  • Chris Williams

    In local paper over here stated that lots of riders in amateur events use EPO bought in SWISS……….