Monday, November 25, 2013

YGD Response to Doping Masters Rider..We have a problem

Over the weekend, I read a few articles about Richard Meeker, a masters racer in California who just received a two year ban.  He used the claim that his nutritional supplement he was taking (he won't say what it was) was tainted. JUST TO BE CLEAR, he was popped for using 19-norandrosterone, a steroid that apparently has been banned for over 30 years. It's a potent anabolic steroid and, according to this NCBI abstract, CAN sometimes be found in sports supplements and pig offal (i had to google pig offal but it looks like this:)

The dude who got popped looks like this:

 
See the resemblance? 

I dunno...I race on what I eat and what I drink. I don't even take supplements partly because I'm afraid that something like this might happen to me. All my friends will hate me (more than they already do), I'll have to quit cycling and ultimately find a new sport to fill the void of self loathing and failure that USACycling gives back to me.  Maybe I should start taking a one-a-day vitamin and an occasional iron pill when I'm on my period. 

There is a well written blog based in SoCal called Cycling in the South Bay.(I recommend you bookmark that blog. Very good reading) that covers what, I think, many master cyclists are probably thinking on the subject. 

I have only spent a bit of time racing in SoCal while on business trips but I can tell you, it's a completely different world than back east. I went to one race and in the masters race alone, there was something like 10 national champions and 2 world champions. Everybody was fucking tan and was racing on what seemed like a $10,000 bike. They all had their shit together.  Before the race, guys were getting ready next to their team cars, and I'm guessing discussing tactics and the proper way to eat puppies. I was obviously from out of town but nobody gave a flying shit. Totally unwelcoming. To be respected or even noticed, I needed to punch the biggest, baddest motherfucker in the yard., except that couldn't happen because they were all big and bad and I was pale and slow just excited to be riding without a thermal jacket on.  I still look back at this open office park crit being held in February as one of the most brutal 60 minutes I've ever encountered on two wheels (partly because I wasn't ready and partly because of the level of competition). 

I came back east thinking California guys were fast because it's warm out there, they can train year-round.  I was pretty impressed with the scene, actually and I always have wanted to hit it again when I was ready for a good ball kicking.  I wasn't thinking the racers were all doped up. Maybe I was naive. Nobody would do drugs for masters racing, right? But then Pete Cannell happened back here and I guess my eyes opened up a bit. There are dicks everywhere. 

Even with that being said, I wanna try to give this guy the benefit of the doubt. But then I look at his results:


Holy effing unstoppable RoidMan!!! He won EVERY race he entered between May, 2012 and September, 2012, where he finally got beat (2nd place in the Road Race Nationals.) He must have been devastated (sarcasm font). 

I don't want to cast any stones because I'm 3,000 miles away and don't know shit about Richard Meeker or his test or any other bullshit other than what I've read. I just know that one dude won just about anything and everything he entered, was tested, tested positive. That adds up to me. 

So... Richard, if you lay eyes upon this blog, I want you to know it's hard for me, some asshat blogger 3,000 miles away, to believe that you were on nothing but bread and water and your shitty nutritional supplement that you claim included anabolic steroids.  After reviewing the information, I tend to think you were on some serious Ivan Drago I must break you shit.  I'm not telling my audience what to think, I'm just saying I think you did a bad thing and you should live up to it. If you were a real man, you'd walk away from cycling entirely or maybe..just maybe...tell USA Cycling about your methods and where you got your drugs. But, again, not casting stones. Just in case you really are guilty...that's what I think you should do. 

What's the point here? I really hope USA Cycling ramps up their testing on the amateur levels. Masters and even category level racing deserves to be run with fairness. Red flags should go up when riders are winning everything they enter. If this is the case, they should be targeted. They should be given fair treatment with everything being kept confidential.  If they are found breaking the rules, they should not be allowed to race again, like ever, for the rest of their lives. Bike racing is huge right now. I don't know what USA Cycling's budget is but, they need to devote a big chunk of it to amateur testing. I know it's expensive. I don't care. 








17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice. And at the bottom of your blog there is the ad for HGH and HRT from ehormones.com
No kidding.

Anonymous said...

Makes me want to start my own drug testing company because it doesn't seem like it would be that hard to test someone's urine and shouldn't have to be THAT expensive. NorCal has some suspiciously successful racers as well. (including Masters)

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous #1 Funny, I had an ad for Zappos there. Maybe they know I haven't been on my bike as much...

Anonymous said...

the ads are there because you've checked out the site being advertised prior to coming here,likely more than once, and there's a good chance you purchased something from them in the past. I see Zappos ads everywhere I go - I'm one of their best customers. So, think before you condemn, and maybe delete your cookies first before you comment.

jim said...

I am sure you vicious guys who are kicking the busted while he is down are really smart. So tell me, how many new riders does busting this flake bring in? Cycling is big in the cities of Cal yes. Maybe even on the Atlantic coast. But inland, many of us do major windshield time to get to a race, and none in the winter. Spend that money on some indoor dromes and bring in new racers and spectators not send away those who cheat a little. LA got a 1 per cent boost? Not worth it. Who is doing best for cycling? Red Bull with their little traveling drome! Do not get caught drinking it, verboten!!! Suckers get some moxie!

greg-ToOnS-leibert said...

Not all So Cal masters racers are doping...or dicks...next time you are in So Cal...hit me up, and you can have a team mate for the day, and we will try to find some fast and cool dudes...including Seth, from Cycling in the South Bay.

greg.leibert@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

SoCal is pretty awesome, and the racing is top notch. Dopers? Less lately. Jim, I'm not sure what you just said.

EJ

Anonymous said...

Having to pay higher entry fees to be inconvenienced by drug testing is a bad trade. The tests are not fool-proof. Your employer getting wind of a false-positive can inflict much more damage than getting dropped in a race.

Anonymous said...

ATX Master. Great post. I'm for more testing in the 40+. I know what I've been smelling in the pack. It's called Testim 1%. Bread and water here and still beating most if not all those clowns on that crap. Sad.

PeterErdoes said...

Raced for 23 years and am the same age as Meeker. My results pale in comparison but I can go home every night to two kids age 14 and 12, who play sports, and look them straight in the eye, and tell them Dad has done it the right way.
Too bad some guys my age lose sight of what's really important in life. Not what you did, but who you affected by what you did so it better have been right.

Anonymous said...

Thanks YGD for a great post.

Note that the ehormones ad is not just shown to browsers that have previously been to that site. It's likely an ad based on content in the blog post. Clean your browser settings and try it, the ad will likely persist

Anonymous said...

It's possible to win everything, I had a stellar season after busting my ass for 3 years then putting in a hella winter of training, was absolutely floating, rode away from pacelines and out climbed the mountain goats even at 6'4", all on bread, water and suffering like a beaten dog. You've got to be a sad fuck to cheat, even worse to cheat at Masters. Wouldn't piss on these guys if they were on fire.

Anonymous said...

I actually race in the 45+ and 50+ masters races out here and it is a tough gig,,I am an amateur schlepper, raced off and on for a few years and when I lined up I saw the same thing, ex pros, ex olmypians, world champs, multiple national champs and I say WTF am I doing here with my one man team,,I am here because I love to ride and race my bike,,,and when I took 5th in my age group at a crit this summer I was happier than a pig in shit because I know I did it the right way,,,i may not win but if I can get in a sprint I am gonna bury someones ass,,The love of cycling,,,,ride on, cheaters,,,rot in hell!

Anonymous said...

The drug he used, Nandrolone...also genericallly known as Deca Durabolin is a steroid that without argument will help an athlete, but is really not a drug that would help an endurance athlete enough to roll through races placing first or second consecutively. Certain not to the extend of blood doping or even EPO will. Just doesnt really impact crit levels.

Certainly builds muscle, adds mass (WEIGHT) all of which does not add an advantage to a W / Kilo numbers. In fact, has a negative on them It doesnt increase crit levels, VO2 Max, marked increase in red blood cell production or a stimulant.

It will assist in recovery to a certain extent of training modalities, primarily straight up strength training. However, using Deca alone for bike racing, unless the only race is a 1 kilometer spring....pretty useless

Based exclusively on the article and the info the author infers......this guy did not win those races due to Deca alone, and if that was the only drug discovered in his system...... he won them based upon training......

Granted, its banned, so he failed a test. He should be suspended. But the guy writing the article would not place any better in his racing by taking Deca.....he needs to train harder

Anonymous said...

Responding to one of the previous posts, the main number I have heard thrown around per test (per rider) is right around $600.00. Yeah, it sucks. This is one of the big limiting factors for the lack of testing at the amateur levels.

Anonymous said...


If you read the AAA decision it is pretty clear that he tampered with the Hammer products that he sent to a lab for testing in order to "prove" his tainted supplement defense:

http://www.usada.org/uploads/aaadecisionrichardmeeker.pdf

What a douche.

Anonymous said...

In response the post about nandrolone being useless:

That post is very wrong. In fact, nandrolone has often been the roid of choice for endurance types because it builds muscle, aids recovery, but does not result into much added bulk and/or weight. It also DOES help endurance. It does that by increasing red blood cell count. More red bood cells equals better endurance. It has been used therapeutically as a treatment for anemia, like many other anabolic steroids. In fact, anabolic steroids were often the drug of choice to treat anemia before the advent of EPO.

Is Meeker a schmuck? Most defin itely. His bust answers alot of questions about SoCal cycling and opens the door to many more. Let the testing begin!!!