Fancy riding up Mont Ventoux in super-quick time? Well now’s your chance.
Researchers in the Netherlands are appealing for experienced male cyclists to take part in a study which will involve riding to the summit of the notorious mountain ascent using EPO.
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The study by the Centre for Human Drug Research (CHDR) is looking for 48 volunteers between the ages of 18-45 to investigate the effects of EPO on the performance of well-trained cyclists as well as the side-effects it may cause.
“Comprehensive literature search showed that there has been no adequate research into the effects of EPO for cyclists,” said a statement on the research group’s website.
“Our conclusion is therefore that it is not proven that EPO has a performance-enhancing effect in professional cyclists. This study should provide clarity in the matter.”
Volunteers will be asked to adhere to a 12 week programme which includes 15 days of training for three hours at a time and a 150km race up Mont Ventoux.
EPO or a placebo will be injected into the participants on eight of the 15 visits who will each receive €860 for the pleasure.
Quite what new research they expect to find remains unclear but it can’t be that hard to predict the results.