Banned cyclist Andrew Hastings admits to doping on SAS: Who Dares Wins

Andrew Hastings says that he wouldn't have doped if he could turn back the clock

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.

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."

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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."

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Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.


Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.