Time triallists who dope will have to pay £1000 to race again

National governing body CTT has updated its rules

Cycling Time Trials (CTT) has updated its regulations, adding a clause which means anyone caught doping will have to pay £1000 before they’re allowed to race again.

The National governing body for time trialling in the UK has made an adjustment to its regulations, ahead of the 2020 season.

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The payment will go directly to the CTT.

Regulation 25 now states: “Any person whom at an anti-doping control at an Event has provided a sample that subsequently returned an adverse analytical finding that results in a sanction that such person is ineligible for competition for a period of time, shall pay a fine to Cycling Time Trials of £1000.

“Any such person shall not be eligible to compete in any Event until such time as such fine has been paid.”

The CTT regulates time trials in the UK – this includes open event and mid-week club tests.

Testing at CTT events is limited, though it does take place at the National events within the calendar. In 2016, the body ran 72 anti-doping tests, up from 44 the previous year. 

The tests have indeed uncovered a number of positive results. In 2017, 60-year-old Stephen Costello tested positive after finishing 95th in a 25 mile time trial.

The Abbotsford Park Road Club rider tested positive for 1,3-Dimethylbutylamine, Ostarine, and GW1516 after completing the Stone Wheelers 25-mile time trial in May that year. He claimed his wife had ben “spiking” his smoothies with the substance.

The same year, Cycling Weekly ran a reader survey, with one in 20 amateur riders admitting to doping.

One year earlier, in 2016, then National 12-hour time trial champion Robin Townsend tested positve for the stimulant modafinil, at a 100-mile event.