Dr Hutch: Should beetroot juice be banned?

With a belated bucket of water in hand, the latest doping scandal has the Doc all fired up

In a fast-moving world it is the lot of the weekly columnist to always arrive breathlessly at the scene of the latest excitement carrying a bucket of water just in time to find the fire has been put out. But there are some topics that manage to be both topical and everlasting.

It would, for instance, be pointless to put an article about the potential dangers of disc brakes into a time capsule because when it’s dug up in 100 years time everyone will still be having exactly the same debate.

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Michael Hutchinson is a writer, journalist and former professional cyclist. As a rider he won multiple national titles in both Britain and Ireland and competed at the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. He was a three-time Brompton folding-bike World Champion, and once hit 73 mph riding down a hill in Wales. His Dr Hutch columns appears in every issue of Cycling Weekly magazine