Kiwi road champion Olivia Ray banned for two-and-a-half years after admitting doping violations

The 24-year-old was supplied PEDs by US rider Jackson Nash, who was banned for life last month

Olivia Ray Lions Den race
Ray's win at the Into The Lion's Den race in California will be nullified
(Image credit: Rally Cycling)

New Zealand road champion Olivia Ray has been suspended by USADA for two-and-a-half years, after admitting multiple doping violations.

The 24-year-old, who was based in the USA riding for Human Powered Health, admitted the use of clenbuterol, human growth hormone and oxandrolone, as well as possession of clenbuterol and oxandrolone.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

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A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.