US Racer Katie Compton Banned for 4 Years After Testing Postive for Anabolic Agent

Aug 12, 2021 at 7:25
by James Smurthwaite  
2015 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria
Compton racing at the Scott Enduro Cup by Vittoria in Klondike Bluffs, Moab, 2015. Photo: Enduro Cup.

US racer Katie Compton has been banned for four years following an adverse analytical finding for an anabolic agent.

Compton, 42, is best known as a cyclocross racer and is a 15x US Cyclocross Champion, a 4x silver medallist at the CX World Championships and a 2x CX World Cup overall winner but she also races mountain bikes including taking two wins at the Scott Enduro Cup in Utah and a second place at a Big Mountain Enduro round in Vail, Colorado.

A statement released by USADA, the US Anti Doping Agency, confirms that Katie has accepted her suspension following an out-of-competition drug test on September 16, 2020. Her urine sample was analyzed using a specialized test, known as Carbon Isotope Ratio testing, that differentiates between anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) naturally produced by the body and prohibited anabolic agents of external origin. Anabolic agents are prohibited in and out of competition and have powerful performance-enhancing capabilities and can give an athlete an unfair advantage over fellow competitors.

In a statement, Compton denied having taken banned substances and said that the test had effectively ended her career. She said:

bigquotesThis news comes with great heartache and sadness, and it is the worst possible way to end my cycling career. I need to preface this news with the fact that I have always been a clean athlete, and I am proud of how much I have accomplished racing clean and being very careful with whatever I put into my body, especially after dealing with so many health issues throughout my life.

I provided a sample for USADA in September 2020 that came back negative for any banned substances, it was not even atypical. That news was communicated to me in the same way it has always been via a letter from USADA. I’ve received that same letter after every test I’ve submitted for the last 19 years. In early February of 2021, after returning from a difficult race season, I learned that the same sample from September was re-analyzed due to a bio-passport irregularity and found to be positive for an exogenous anabolic steroid. This was devastating news to me as I have never intentionally or knowingly put anything like that into my body. I know how delicate women’s hormones are, and I would never choose to take anything to jeopardize my health and, as a result, suffer irreparable damage to my endocrine system. And not only that, I never took anything for ethical and moral reasons; I’ve been a strong proponent of clean sport my entire career and feel doing anything to enhance one’s own natural ability is cheating, full stop.

Despite deciding to retire in March, I also felt the need to try and defend myself and my reputation. I hired a lawyer and did my best to investigate how the substance got into my system but was unsuccessful in finding that answer. Over the past six months, I learned that I cannot prove that I didn’t intentionally take anything, and I can’t afford to keep fighting knowing the outcome will be the same regardless. Unfortunately, seeing that it was five months between the sample collection and the notification, trying to figure what allegedly got into my body proved to be impossible, and I have decided to stop fighting an expensive and difficult battle and accept the sanction.

So, it is with great stress and sorrow that I’ve ended my competitive career. My friends and family know how much I’m against doping and know it is a topic in which I have always been outspoken. This news is gut-wrenching to me and the worst period I’ve ever experienced during my life so far. I’ve processed all the emotions over the past year and realized that I don’t need bike racing in my life anymore. I still love riding my bike and enjoying that with friends, but I have no desire to ever race or be competitive again, which is probably good since the sanction includes a four-year ban from competition.

I wanted to share this news prior to USADA releasing it to the public so you hear it from me first. I’m obviously stepping away from the competitive cycling world for the next few years and don’t know what my future within the sport may look like post sanction, but I want people to know that I’ll miss the racing community, specifically all the amazing people I’ve met along the way who simply share the love of riding bikes. I’ll always cherish the experiences and wonderful adventures cycling has given me while also acknowledging that it has brought me plenty of heartache and disappointment, and I’m emotionally and mentally exhausted. Ending my career this way is simply soul-crushing. It physically hurts and makes me incredibly sad.
Katie Compton

Compton's suspension has been backdated to September 16 2020 and any results she has had since then have been stripped. For more info, head to Cycling Tips.

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  • 139 17
 So wild to me that Richie and Jareg got light suspensions and this gal got a ban for 4 YEARS.
  • 40 17
 Maes too
  • 5 1
 Yeah what’s up with that? Weird.
  • 116 9
 A synthetic anabolic steroid is a bit more severe than an over-the-counter carb supplement.
  • 8 0
 All depends on the substances I suppose
  • 7 0
 @chriskneeland: in thought the banned substance with the EWS case was essentially a preworkout type stimulant?
  • 7 1
 @jwestenhoff: They never identified the specific supplement, but the substances he popped for are pretty common in pre-workouts and energy drinks.
  • 52 2
 @likeittacky: I think they look at the specific circumstances of the case. If I remember right with Maes the source of the failed test was well documented. He was taking a drug that was prescribed by a doctor to treat an infected wound that could have been limb/life threatening. Also I believe the drug he tested positive for was only a masking agent, and itself would not have improved his performance.

He broke the rules so he was still suspended but this was all taken into consideration.
  • 9 34
flag jimoxbox (Aug 13, 2021 at 12:49) (Below Threshold)
 @chriskneeland: same outcome . All cheatin
  • 19 0
 You don't find exogenous testosterone having been accidentally added to supplements.
  • 14 1
 @jimoxbox: You really think Anabolic steroids, HGH, etc are the same as some minor drug that were there because of documented circumstances? Lol
  • 14 0
 Sure there are punishment differences, but then, anti doping rules have some nuance and their application too. First There's 'controlled' and 'prohibited' substances. Controlled means you are not allowed to use them without a doctor subscription and within a reasonable limit. Chris Froome's famous positive for an asthma drug is an example. The use was allowed, but not in that quantity. He was able to provide evidence that extreme racing conditions could lead to odd concentrations in the blood and got off lightly. Prohibited is simply not allowed, ever. The punishments differ however, depending on circumstances and if you are a repeating offender. It's allways your fault the substance entered your body, as you have all responsibility to check whatever you digest. That said, if you are able to prove a supplement you took was tainted, the suspension time is shortened by a lot. That's not easy though and costly. You have to be able to prove you used some of a specific batch and you have to have that batch lying around to have it tested at an independant lab, in a way that there's no risk you spiked it yourself. Not easy, but lots of athletes succesfully fight their case and have their suspensions lowered, which explains the big suspension differences. That happened with Denise Betsema, a fellow CX racer that Compton herself was really critical of. Now she's in need of some of the same benefit of the doubt she denied Betsema... how ironic. I'd give it to her, as I did to Betsema. In Compton's sample they found a drug that no woman in her right mind would take, as it messes with hormones, and Betsema had traces of something that anti doping labs have had very sensitive tests for for a very long time. I simply do not believe she, as a young mother of 2 would risk her career that way and I do not believe Compton would risk ruining her rep. But hey, that's not the subjective manner of how this stuff gets judged luckily, or any racer could be alledged because of f.e. knowing the wrong people or plead free because they seem believable.
  • 1 1
 @aaronjb: lil bit of test does the body good tho..
  • 2 0
 "This is such bull shit, a rider tests positive TWICE for anabolic steroids & she gets a 6month off-season ban? ⁦@UCI_cycling lets clean athletes down yet again," ... Not this time!
  • 14 0
 Best article I've seen so far condemning the Comptons. Katie and her Husband were not aligned at all on their responses (Husband Mark Legg ranted on Facebook)
  • 1 11
flag homeslice1 (Aug 14, 2021 at 8:51) (Below Threshold)
 Because both the mtb industry and its race circuit are toxic and archaic af to justice for equality.
  • 4 5
 @vindee: what nauseating babble. You must be fun at parties
  • 2 0
 @dr-airtime: Thanks for that link. That's a great analysis of the situation.
  • 3 0
 @dr-airtime: lol she’s super duper guitly
  • 1 1
 @chriskneeland: they were on amphetamines and beta agonists
  • 67 2
 For those who follow CX, this really stings. Especially after Compton's holier-than-though stance on a competitor last year in a similar (actually, more plausible) situation than Compton finds herself in.

Make no mistake, this was targeted post-hoc testing based on biopassport irregularities (and potentially other information).

An entire career in question.

No one should be surprised. It's cycling, after all. Better to not know how the sausage is made.
  • 30 48
flag Three6ty (Aug 13, 2021 at 11:47) (Below Threshold)
 Let them all dope. 1/2 of them are doing it anyway so let them dope See who is really the fastest at going up a hill.
  • 13 6
 @Three6ty: Except, as some (such as Froome) have shown us, are we testing athletic ability, talent, skill and hard work, or the genetics needed to be hyper-responders to oxygen vector manipulation and PEDs?

Letting everyone dope presents a less level playing field across the board than when only some dope.

Also, 1/2 is too conservative. Probably more like 2/3 at the top end.
  • 29 26
 @aaronjb: yep totally agree. I am a big fan of Lance and although I don't agree with how treated other people, for his racing he is and was the best to ever do it.
They all dope and everyone knew it.
What was interesting and eye opening to see was that when they stripped Lance of all his TDF wins, they couldn't award those wins to any of the top 5 riders because all of them had Doping violations as well. It is/was laughable.
  • 12 0
 @Three6ty: I disagree. First because in most countries most of the peds are only available with a prescription. Second from health perspective it would be a carnage with young athletes injecting themselves with dubious products bought online because they can't afford the real deal and everyone cranking up the dosing with real damages to long term health. The current situation is not ideal but athletes being forced to micro dosing to not get caught at least limit a bit the impact of the drugs in term of performance, bad side effects and long term damage to their health.
  • 2 5
 @opignonlibre: Well yes all performance enhancing meds are only available with a Script just like you need a license to drive a car or a license to buy a gun etc... There are ways around everything. And in the Cycling/Athletic world,, someone knows a guy, who knows a guy, etc.. that can get them whatever they want ( without a Script).
I can go down to Mexico today (I live in San Diego ) and get any drug I wanted without a Script. Steroids, EPO, Growth Hormone, You name it, someone or pharmacy is willing to sell it to you.
  • 4 0
 @Three6ty: you don’t think DH or enduro aren’t at it too?
  • 19 1
 @Three6ty: Between 1987 and 1991, when EPO was first hitting the pro peloton and guys were walking around with crazy high hematocrits, there were ~20 cases of otherwise healthy young cyclists dying mysteriously in their sleep. This is thought to be due to blood thickening caused by EPO (makes your blood too rich in red cells) causing heart attacks.

I think pro cycling is already an incredibly hard sport; if it legalized taking drugs that might make you faster while also maybe killing you, it'd just turn into a total bloodsport with dudes dropping dead halfway up climbs.
  • 2 0
 @aaronjb: How are all these athletes doping and getting past testing?
  • 3 1
 @Three6ty: only 1/2????
If it's under 5/8ths I be shocked.
  • 7 16
flag Three6ty (Aug 13, 2021 at 14:22) (Below Threshold)
 @Drew-O: like I said. Its their choice. Let them do to their body what they want. Of they want o inject EPO or Heroin, thats on them.
Do what they do in Body Building. They have the Worlds and then They have the Natural Worlds.
Have a Clean TDF and a not clean TDF. For entertainment value, i will watch the Not clean event all day long!
O only watch this sports for the entertainment value. I don’t care what these people are on, just give me a good show.
  • 3 5
 @sonuvagun: it’s probably higher than that.

For DH racing, there is not much to be gained other than pedaling power on the flat parts. Enduro ot benefits then much more with recovery and pedalling up hill. XC is like Road Riding so if you were foing to aee doping it would be woth this group
  • 6 2
 @Three6ty: Cannabis could be perhaps a performance enhancing drug for DH. If I recall it was shown to help rally drivers, though it may have been a benefit for the navigator, I can't really recall.

I bet there would be a few volunteers for a study on that though.
  • 5 3
 @Three6ty: Lance often said..The 50 guys behind him are all on gear..
  • 3 5
 @insertfunusername: haha! They would have to turn away volunteers.

I was talking to a buddy about “performance enhancing drugs” in other industries
Coke- is the business mans performance enhancer- “ the Wolf of Wall Street”is no joke and still happens today
LSD, Heroin, etc… are the song writer and musicians performance enhancer. Do you thing “the Doors” or “Nirvana” or “enter and band name here”, music and songwriting would be as good as it is without drugs???
Weed- calms nerves and relaxes people (mostly)
Truck drivers- lots of Uppers and Come in that industry
And the list goes on.
And for those of you who say they are. Or competing against other , they most certainly are. Competing for jobs, competing for record/music contracts etc….
  • 2 0
 @AvidTrailRider: It's...not that hard. Most testing is more of an intelligence test. 2020 opened the door wide open for abuse.

Are you new to cycling? Or sport in general?
  • 3 0
 @Three6ty: Plenty to gain in DH, especially with the tight margins. Some basic things, ability to recover from a sprint faster or never get arm pump..the list goes on. Then there's things like beta blockers, basically takes away your nerves and allows extreme focus in extreme events. Not sure if those are banned but they should be, especially in DH. Guarantee some guys in bottom half are trying something.
  • 2 0
 @MikeGruhler: I don’t think beta blockers would make sense in cycling. They calm your nerves but they do it by slowing the heart rate. They would actually decrease cardiac output and make the user feel more tired and sluggish during exercise. Thats why it more commonly used as a performance enhancer in sport’s like shooting, archery, and even golf. Sports where physical exertion is minimal.
  • 3 0
 @insertfunusername: i can only imagine what it must be like to be spannered in the passenger seat of a rally car lol
  • 1 0
 @Three6ty: That's a valid way of looking at it. I wonder if the people who finish outside the top 20 are on anything or not, what I mean is, would it be worth it? In other words, what would be the point of the expense of the substances and measures to mask them for a finish outside contention?
but maybe some of these people just got lots of cash and this is an expensive hobby, I can only speculate.
  • 1 0
 @Three6ty: I have to take SSRIs to do my job.
  • 1 0
 Double post but a lot of people should be interested in this article...

Best article I've seen so far condemning the Comptons. Katie and her Husband were not aligned at all on their responses (Husband Mark Legg ranted on Facebook)
  • 1 0
 @insertfunusername: there was a big article about cannabis potential PE effects after that female sprinter was suspended from the Olympics this year. In short, there’s basically no science showing THC improves ability in sports. If anything, it lowers cognitive ability... That’s why they need to stop suspending athletes for testing positive for Marijuana.
  • 1 0
 @dresendsit: It can be beneficial depending on the person, sport, length of use, time of use around competition and a few other variables...Personal experience. But your right, there's no real science about it.
  • 1 0
 @sino428: Interesting, didn't realize that. Explains why I've heard them talked about within those sports you mentioned. Looked into it a bit more and they also widen veins and arteries to help reduce blood pressure. Crazy what people will take to win a competition. Can't understand how shit you got to be to walk around proud of your achievements that we earned by cheating.
  • 2 0
 So are they going to strip her of the titles she’s earned?

This has to be the largest dopping bust since Tyler, Lance and Floyd. I hope the USADA details the investigation to who provided these substances?
  • 53 3
 Mr Armstrong sued people for accusing him of doping, so I will take her message of amazement at a positive test with a grain of salt.
  • 9 0
 FOR REAL. Words are just words.
  • 10 0
 What still always gets me is the "never intentionally" took anything. I get why they say it, but there's just still something with that phrase that gives guilty vibe.
  • 2 0
 For sure. If she has hope at retaining any sponsorship, she certainly can't say she's guilty.
  • 5 0
 @sino428: hired a private investigator who couldn’t find any other plausible reason other than she took em
  • 13 1
 Lance was a doper. And a dick. Being a dick to too many people and making a comeback - which was really dumb, but his ego clouded his judgement - was his undoing.
  • 60 25
 LOL this is a joke now a days
"performance-enhancing capabilities and can give an athlete an unfair advantage over fellow competitors."
So can being a male most of your life and then competing against women, but that's good.
  • 9 13
flag Blackhat (Aug 13, 2021 at 17:01) (Below Threshold)
 Kate clearly identifies as a clean athlete. Where do all these a*sholes who never met her get off questioning her loved experience? Mind your own business people! /s
  • 13 13
 Look at all the people that don't believe in science neg-repping me.
  • 2 4
 Being honest lots of girls round here beat me on strava every day it really makes me feel like less of a man
  • 4 5
 @Compositepro: not even close to the same thing and you know it.
  • 3 6
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: oh do go and cry somewhere else you muggle
  • 6 4
 @Compositepro: So ignore science, just go with feelings and leave facts behind?
  • 2 3
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: oh do shut up now whilst your ahead it was a glib remark if you need to be serious go read the WSJ or the new yorker or something if you dint get it then i atill cant help your lack of humour
  • 3 1
 @Blackhat: my child identified as shrek from the age of 3 to 5
  • 2 1
 @Compositepro: Then you're a horrible parent for not figuring out how to dye their skin green and help them become obese.
  • 1 6
flag JohanG (Aug 15, 2021 at 14:05) (Below Threshold)
 Wrong. Women are equal to men. We need to end the outdated and sexist practice of gender segregation in sports
  • 1 2
 @Compositepro: Well then, I certainly hope you supported them through their dysphoria and used their preferred pronouns.

If you're trying to imply that your daughter was not in fact shrek as a relevant counterpoint to my post then I'm afraid the point has been missed.
  • 2 0
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: It's not that they don't believe in science. They're quite enthusiastic about it in many cases. What they're uncomfortable with is a reality that doesn't match their preferences, and they especially dislike people who insist on reminding them of such realities. Notable that there are a lot of downvotes but no rebuttals.
  • 1 0
 @Blackhat: i have no doubt. The point will have been missed but again thats not my issue either
  • 1 1
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: or maybe i let my childmplay out her fantasies while shes little but again you missed it im wondering if you are just terminally f*cking thick
  • 1 0
 @Blackhat: i can tell you why theres no rebuttal shall i , thats because the Anti dopers caught her end of your and my opinion have the total sum of f*ck all to do with it , everyone else realised it im just using you till the next interesting non story
  • 1 1
 @Compositepro: Are you under the impression that myself or twotone are actually talking about Katie's doping or advocating for her?

Anyway, no need for an explanation from you. I wasn't pining for a debate with a partially literate troll who defaults to insults, nor do I need your game explained. There were however 20 other people who downvoted the original, some of whom may have the intelligence to form an intelligent (and intelligible) response. Now run along.
  • 1 1
 @Blackhat: yawn all i see is americans getting all uppety because another doper got caught i give no f*cks what your defense is like i said you are unimportant in any of it but carry on posting to try and bolster your very adult fantasy that you matter decision was made by people who do
  • 1 0
 The mere fact you think downvoting on the comments section is even relevant well LOL
  • 1 0
 @JohanG: Ha! Hilarious
  • 1 0
 @Compositepro: The irony of you calling me dense.
  • 1 0
 You are doing it wrong again aren't you something dense can be useful , for example lead can protect people from radiation , see it has a use what I said was you are terminally fucking thick ,
  • 32 0
 If I were accused of testing positive for a drug I'd never taken, I'd name the drug. I'd call out every step of the process, every person involved, I'd show the work. I wouldn't beat around the bush with language like "an exogenous anabolic steroid"...why don't they ever do this?

I mean, I also wouldn't race cyclocross, so maybe I have no idea what I'm talking about...but it seems to me if I were a clean competition advocate, I'd probably also be super transparent about all the stuff I did to train legally. Money where you mouth is vibe.

So strange, every time.

If your whole career is gonne be wiped anyways, why not go full guns blazing?
  • 14 0
 Easy answer: Because she knows she's guilty.
You see this kind of "defeatist yet cagey" behaviour in criminal defendants who fully well know they've done wrong and have realized that they probably won't get away with it this time.
  • 11 1
 If I thought I was innocent I would burn all bridges and lay waste to everything in my path. That said, knowing nothing at all about this person, reading her statement, I found myself siding with her. Guess I need to up my cynicism game.
  • 5 0
 So you want some that is innocent to name the specific anabolic steroid that they did not take? How would that work? The test that she failed can't figure the exact brand of anabolic steroid, so if she named a specific anabolic steroid....
  • 18 0
 @insertfunusername: I don't really know how the test works. But, yeah, I'd rather she say "they're saying I took XYZ, but as my Clean Competition Crusader YouTube Channel has shown, I only eat broccoli and beets. I'm an outspoken athlete in a sport known for high profile cheaters, so I've gone out of my way to document every single thing I've ingested over the past 888 days. If you haven't seen it, here's my database. I'd also like to admit that all of us cyclocrossers are corny roadies who just want to get dirty but are afraid of really going fast. Rainier Beer is the best beer, all raffles are rigged, and Pinkbike is a credulous pit of payola and halfassery."

I'd post every piece of correspondence on a blog. I'd use code EBIKESRULE for two months free hosting from GoWaki dot com.

That's what I'd do. Or at least what I'd like to think I'd do.
  • 1 1
 @owl-X: the UCI is staying that she took an anabolic steroid, and she is saying that she did not. The UCI is not able to tell exactly what kind and so, if innocent, obviously she cannot name it either. So it seems like you are getting what you are asking for.

This article includes a statement from Katie saying that she has tried to figure out how the substance could have gotten into her system and cannot figure it out. Maybe she does have an 888 day eating log, this article doesn't cover that one way or the other.

The real BS in my opinion is that the retesting seems as though it was triggered by a different test, that hasn't been well researched for it's applicability to women, but some studies show that there is a higher amount of fluctuations in women than men.
  • 6 0
 @insertfunusername: Sweet. I guess you sleep with doggz you get fleas. Hanging out with the UCI is bound to get ya burned.

I'm gonna go back to not watching cyclocross now.
  • 1 0
 @owl-X: I'd vote for you for president. We need more of this kind of thing!!
  • 1 0
 @owl-X: Dude, you're funny, and I like it.
  • 40 9
 Maybe she switched bottles with Richie?
  • 15 1
 After he switched bottles with Jared?
  • 5 10
flag BenTheSwabian (Aug 13, 2021 at 12:36) (Below Threshold)
 @pedalt0themedal: After he switched bottles with Martin Maes?
  • 21 0
 @BenTheSwabian: who got it from some guy named Mance Legstrong?
  • 3 0
 @jojotherider1977: Legstrong got it from Dr.Michele Ferrari. Wink
  • 2 0
 Maybe it was in the Colonel’s secret recipe
  • 37 10
 How do you make a hormone?
..... You don't pay her.!
  • 9 5
 What knob downvoted this hilarity?!?!?
  • 23 0
 15x US cyclocross champion suddenly makes sense
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Yes, this. If you train hard, you might one day be on top of your game. If you’re exceptionally talented and at peak fitness Levels, maybe even for a couple of years. But you’re not on top of your game for 15 years. That’s just unrealistic.
  • 2 0
 Compton appeared on the scene looking like an East German Women's Weightlifter. The only mystery here is how it took them two decades to "suddenly" catch her at the twilight of her career.
  • 14 2
 Yeah, it's basically a matter of who makes the mistake (gets caught) when athletes are tested. After watching Icarus, I have no doubt in my mind that the upper echelon athletes in any sport are taking some sort of performance-enhancing "supplements" to get there.
  • 10 0
 I've heard all of the denials before, so won't bother with hers. It will be something like:

"...and unbeknownst to me, my Grandma made organic crackers for our lunch and she must have included some anabolic androgenic steroid too. At her age, it's easy to mistake it for garlic.
  • 11 1
 'Honest gov. No idea how it got their.' Oldest excuse in the book. Next she'll be saying she borrowed someone's water bottle
  • 8 3
 So, if I understand, the first examination of the sample was negative, but then the second months later was positive - that seems really weird all by itself. All triggered by a biopassport anomaly which could be setoff by her settling down about to retire. I'd think there would be need for more evidence - ie, more than one test needed to destory a persons reputation.
  • 4 0
 Have you heard the other side of the story yet? That’s big penalty to hand out, I’m sure they have a strong case.
  • 1 0
 @stubs179: I would like to know which substance it was, truly?
  • 1 0
 They got a CIR for exogenous testosterone. Dead to rights.
  • 5 0
 Just because the numbers come back within range doesn't mean the athlete is clean. So for the first pass, yes the number were in the acceptable range. Then someone audited it (or got some inside information and leveraged the bio passport explanation) and saw that the number were out of her personal normal range. This triggers much more sensitive testing that then shows a positive.

This is the whole concept of a bio passport. They can track an athlete's normal range and not just use a number for the entire population as "standard". If the athlete falls out of that normal range during testing, something is probably up either with their health or doping.
  • 2 0
 The steroids produced in your body contain stable heavy isotopes at the ratio they occur in the environment (via food).

Steroids produced in a lab a, lack stable heavy isotopes or b, contain odd amounts of stable heavy isotopes.

You can measure the isotope inclusion using a high resolution mass spectrometer. The ideal machine for this work was only recently released by Thermo. A well setup analysis of this type will produce an unequivocal result.
  • 1 0
 Yup. The second type of test is interesting. It should be easy to then go back and apply that to previous samples and make it definitive and transparent. However after searching, I didnt find any public info at all. If they are going to destroy someone's reputation, they need to be totally certain and transparent.
  • 3 0
 When every athlete who tests positive then denies what are we left with? Also to have the same sample test both negative and positive is weird. Finally another case where the lag from positive test to punishment is unnecessarily long.
  • 10 0
 The positive test was a different type of test to the initial negative. It was targeted after she was found to have an unusual red blood count. In a way she failed two tests.
  • 6 0
 I'm going to guess that they used that specialized Carbon Isotope Ratio testing for the second test after red flags in her biological passport.
  • 1 1
 @Riggbeck: Of course there is a good chance that the bio-passport test came up as irregular because she is a woman. There has been very little testing with women, but there is evidence that it is less reliable with women.
  • 3 0
 @MisterChow: That's the new bike name from Specialized: The S works Carbon isotope!!!!
  • 2 0
 @insertfunusername: a good chance? Or just a chance?
  • 3 0
The research that has been done to see how the bio passport test works with women shows that it is less reliable.
  • 1 0
 @insertfunusername: thanks for the link, interesting reading. I would not say the passport is less reliable for females though, only that it has to be used differently to men.

Clearly they need to expand the number of elite sports women on the passport scheme to improve it. The men's scheme has a lot more data to fall back on.
  • 1 0
I guess I read it that way, but yes if they are allowing for a larger range of acceptable values with women it is likely still a fairly useful tool. The paper made it sound like hormonal fluctuations could throw off that test however, and since typically almost all research is done with men, it seemed reasonable that this test would give bad results for at least some women.
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 @insertfunusername: I think you are missing the point. Because of the bio-pssport test, the original sample was re-tested and unnatural AS were found. Are you trying to say that women are more likely to be re-tested than men because of the unknown data in the bio-passport test and that this isn't fair? I don't think that matters here, if anything it means they may need to test more men. She was caught, maybe she was unlucky, maybe her luck ran out. Intentional or not, she is guilty of having an AS suppliment in her system and it may have given her an advantage in competition. Note that she and her lawyer accept the results of the testing.
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 @Braindrain: I am saying that if there is a higher likelihood of a women failing the bio passport test and that triggers this 10x as expensive test, then that is a biased system and needs to be addressed. The CIR test is capable of finding tiny amounts of these drugs in people's systems, which could be a result of contamination through eating certain meat products or through common topical treatment that address swelling and inflammation. For instance I believe I would fall this test as I use a steroid cream to treat really bad exema on my leg.

I'm not saying she is innocent of taking supplements that aided her to her success in cycling, but if a biased test was used to trigger a test that detected very low levels then that is pretty terrible. Maybe results will be made a available later that shows a high level of steroid that is impossible to attribute to contamination, until then people should withhold judgement.
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 Let's be very careful here. There's positive and there's positive.

Firstly, I'd like to know what the concentration was. You see the testing equipment is so sensitive these days that you can test 'positive' at extremely low levels. Some years ago I tested positive to Hep C with a reading of 0.0000009 part per whatever. This caused a panic with the testers as people with Hep C should have a reading of, say 5.0 to 9.0, some millions of times higher than my reading. Their new process was WAY too sensitive. I didn't have Hep C but I did test positive to it.

In Australia you can test positive for alcohol while driving, but only if the concentration of alcohol in he blood is over 0.05% are you arrested. On the other hand, if you test positive for marijuana (tongue swab), you are charged even though you may haven't had a toke for several days and are fine to drive. There's no set level for dope, but there is for booze. This is wrong.

For WADA, USADA, ASADA etc. ANY reading, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, is a positive result.

We know for a fact that the Canadian canoeist Laurence Vincent Lapointe tested 'positive' with an ultra-low reading because she was able to prove that her soccer-playing boyfriend was on Ligandrol. Similarly, Shayna Jack, the Australian swimmer, has never been given her reading, which means it could be 0.00000008 type scenario - she tested negative very frequently and then one day tests positive (how an athlete cannot be given their own results of their own blood is astounding to me). By last year Shayna has spent $130,000 on her legal fight, so it's very plausible that Kate, at the end of her career, knows it ain't worth it. It is worth it to Shayna as she could make millions as a successful (and let's face it, cute and marketable) swimmer in Australia. Travis Tygart, whose name you should also know from the Lance Armstrong event, is one of the greatest anti-doping proponents of all time, is against the 'any reading is positive. Experiments have shown that you can test positive by merely brushing up against someone who has been using drugs.

Pretend Kate is someone you've been riding with for ten years. If one of the girl-racers I ride with tested positive, they'd get a hug first and then I'd shut the eff up.
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 Hmmm. It was a small concentration, yes, but maybe KC only required small doses to gain an advantage? Aren't we told that everyone reacts differently to PEDS? Using your example of DUI, 0.05% equates to 2 standard drinks, for some people that's enough to, drive erratically, speed, etc.

If a girl racer I ride with tested postitive, I'd stop riding with them and wonder what else they've been bullshitting about.

NB: I don't actually ride with girl racers Smile
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 TL;DR Testing is so sensitive that an athlete can test positive after being intimate with someone on drugs. It is still treated as a positive even though there was no cheating, no physical benefit, and no way of knowing how it got in the athlete's system.
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 They nabbed her for exogenous testosterone with CIR. It's nothing like the threshold testing your talking about.
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 How thoroughly do you think the tests were analysed before her banning? Is only one sample analysed?
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 @aaronjb: explain please. My wife picked that up but neither of us have the hours needed to do the research on a sunny day of gardening.
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 @Feideaux: But imagine if you could fail a booze test with .00000005 % alcohol in your blood.
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 @iamamodel: I wouldn't fail a booze test with that concentration because the level of permissibility is set at 0.05%. Strong *feelings* about an unfair system, gender, Australian swimmers and low traces of testosterone in American CX athletes does mean those four things are in any way related Smile

Trust me, I get the point you are making.
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 @iamamodel: hy crap if real id have been banned for life every weekend
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 Also there is the issue of lab error. There was a confession not too long ago from a lab that had an employee that was messing up the tests.
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 I was just riding along when suddenly....
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 Wins 14 straight National Champs, definitely wasn't juicing the entire time. ...
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 Trek and dopers eh? Not sur if this is the definitive meme for irony

Or maaybe the saying people in glass houses shouldnt throw stone
  • 4 1
 if your going to dope don't race!! , but if you do and get caught strip them of all titles/wins and make these cheaters pay back all moneys won!
  • 1 1
 something smells funny here and i think we now after posting this need to know the truth. Is she or her coach/trainer cheating via energy bottles or what? If she is a clean individual then she is due recovery both financial, social and mental.
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 The attorney or PR consultant that wrote that statement is much better at their job that the medical professional that was helping her dope.
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 Lance lied too, until he stopped we go round again
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 "I'm clean, I swear!! I'm the real victim!!"
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 I’m sure the lawyer couldn’t find out how it accidentally got into her system because they didn’t investigate the fact she probably took it on purpose.
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 Keyword here is "caught". We can all go on believing that most athletes at the top don't use some type of enhancement if we want.
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 Past time to stop pretending there are clean athletes out there racing and just let them start doping properly instead of trying to hide it.
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 Suck shit cheater.
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 Anyone know which banned substance it was?
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 Most likely exogenous testosterone. Expensive lab test to detect, which is why the first test passed (used a cheaper lab test). After the bio passport raised concern the second test was performed using the more precise test.
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 @mechaNICK: in like 3 paragraphs, this article gave me tons of relevant info and framing. comment section: not so much. thx
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 I hate reading their excuse after when ever this happens. You tested positive, the tests are accurate. End of story.
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 If there was an open class for dopers there would be no one left to race in the old sport
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 Katie Kankles never heard of you til today. Congrats on your cancellation and fame game.
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 What if her husband was on TRT and transferred substance to her through sexual intercourse?
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 News flash!!! They are ALL doping. If ya the nk that the top racers are not all on some form of performance enhancing substance, reality and cause and effect relationships are beyond your cognitive scope
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 Is that like reality vs perception?
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 technically coffee is performance enhancing so yeah there are definitely substances in use throughout the pros, nothing wrong w/ it really unless the substances are explicitly banned.
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 @mariomtblt: coffee was considered doping past a specific dose in early 90's, I remember Gianni Bugno being caught becaude of that. But UCI follows the WADA list and the WADA do not consider coffee a banned substance so currently there is a real addiction and health problem regarding coffee in cycling and probably most sports.
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 @mariomtblt: I believe caffeine used to be banned. I also believe a certain level of caffeine is still considered a a violation by the NCAA for college sports. The amount is pretty high though, something like chugging 5 redbulls within a couple hours of the competition.
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 Another question? How can reality be beyond someones cognitive scope? Are people that don’t adhere to your argument non sentient?

Also, any cause and effect relationships? Or something more specific?
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 As long as they’re better than me they’re doping
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 Dope news
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 she needs to talk to the master cheater Alberto contador
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 I'm shocked, shocked to find out there's doping in cyclocross!
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 Why not an 'All Allowed' league? More performance, more show... Boundless!
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 Which anabolic steroid?
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 Probably testosteron but at least growth hormone (which isn't a AAS tho).
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 Busted! Lol
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 another one, sad tho cause she's fairly crowned
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 Arent all these athletes taking steroids and peptides? Wink
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 they're not taking pedophiles.....
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