Banned amateur cyclist Andrew Hastings has publicly admitted to taking prohibited substances.
Hastings was banned for four years by UK Anti-Doping in December 2015 – backdated to May of that year – after testing positive for anabolic steriods Metenolone and Stanozolol at the National Team Time Trial Championships on May 30, which was won by Team Swift.
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The following day he won the British Cycling Masters title in the 35 to 39 age group. He claimed that a used syringe was at the fault for the analytic adverse finding.
However, speaking on the Channel 4 programme SAS: Who Dares Wins, where he is a contestant, Hastings confessed to officers that he did take the steroids.
“Yes,” he said. “If I could go back in time I wouldn’t do it.”
The officers goaded Hastings, saying that he doped because he was weak and that he wasn’t strong enough.
He responded that the real reasoning was “quite the opposite; I was doing really well.”
The section on Hastings is 20 minutes into the programme and is available on the Channel 4 website.
“I came to cycling quite late,” Hastings said before the interrogation. “Competitive cycling trumped everything I had done so far. Winning is a big thing, a great thing.
“When you win your family, friends and teammates give you praise. It’s a great feeling.
“You almost get stuck in a cycling bubble world and it is very addictive. You became fairly selfish because you’re training all the time or racing and when you race there’s a lot of travelling involved.
“You look back at what you have done over the year and you missed weddings to go bike racing. I want to be less selfish.”