USA Cycling announces RaceClean™ Program

As part of Cycling’s ongoing commitment to clean sport, the organization announced today the introduction of RaceClean — an innovative anti- program designed to increase the frequency and effectiveness of in-competition and out-of-competition testing at all levels of competitive cycling in the United States. The RaceClean program is the most extensive anti- effort to be introduced by a U.S. National Governing Body within its own events.

The U.S. Anti- Agency (DA) will conduct the testing and adjudication elements of the program and, to ensure that RaceClean reflects the highest standards of integrity and effectiveness, DA will operate with full independence in doing so.

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The concept of the RaceClean program was given robust support from Cycling’s stakeholders during recent meetings with team managers, local association representatives, and race directors.

“Our team sees this effort by Cycling as a big step forward in the fight against here in the U.S.,” said Jonas Carney, performance director for Optum Team p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies. “It is everyone’s responsibility to fight for a clean sport and it is great to see our governing body, race organizers, teams, Local Associations, and riders come together on this important issue. Our team welcomes the increased testing and we hope that this will help to ensure a fair and level playing field for competitive cyclists in America.”

New York State Association (NYSBRA) President Jeff Poulin echoed those sentiments.

“NYSBRA is proud to be in the lead on this important project to promote fair competition for all of our riders,” Poulin stated. “This is an important step for NYSBRA and Cycling to demonstrate our commitment to a clean and fair sport.”

The RaceClean program is comprised of five key components:

  1. Increased Testing at National Calendar Events. – This collaborative effort will be funded by Cycling, national calendar race directors, team owners/managers and riders. Testing, which will be conducted by the DA will begin with road, mountain bike cross-country and national calendars with the goal of including track and BMX national calendars in the near future.
  2. Increased Out-Of-Competition Testing –  Cycling will work with DA to add more riders to the registered testing pool. This requires riders to provide their whereabouts at all times to DA for testing.
  3. Grassroots Testing –  Cycling will work with its Local Associations that want to invest in more testing at the local level. Cycling will match funds up to $6,000 for each of the 34 Local Associations across the U.S. The Local Associations will opt into the program that DA will execute.
  4. Donations  Cycling will add a check box on its license and club applications for members and clubs that wish to donate to the “RaceClean Fund”. Non-members may also show their support by making an online donation HERE.
  5. Education – Cycling will help promote and amplify DA’s, ’s and ’s extensive anti- education programs and resources through various Cycling platforms and programs. This includes the promotion of DA’s successful “Play Clean Tip Line” http://www.usada.org/playclean.

For more information, please visit the RaceClean webpage.

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