RaceClean

About

Doping is cheating. It undermines the principles which make participating in sport worthwhile and is one of the most common concerns among USA Cycling’s membership. That is why USA Cycling is collaborating with riders, teams, Race Directors and Local Associations, as well as the US Anti-doping Agency (USADA), Cycling Anti-doping Foundation (CADF/UCI) and the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) to fight doping at every level of the sport. All athletes deserve a level playing field and sense of fairness in their competition.

Established in 2013 and revamped in 2016, the RaceClean Program funds anti-doping tests at both the elite and amateur levels of cycling. The program utilizes the testing resources of USADA, which employs sophisticated methods to test professional and amateur athletes across a wide range of sports. The program also utilizes USADA for adjudicating cases and implementing penalties. Testing works, and penalties can be significant – even for amateurs. A first-time offender can be suspended from the sport for up to four years, and a second offense can lead to a lifetime suspension.



Questions?

FAQs
Who conducts the tests? Who gets tested?

The anti-doping landscape in the United States is complicated, with multiple groups working both together and separately to test at all levels of competition. The image above is a breakdown of testing based on who conducts tests, who funds the tests, who is tested and where they are tested. This is intended to give you a better idea of where RaceClean fits into the puzzle and how your RaceClean surcharges are spent.

The anti-doping landscape in the United States is complicated, with multiple groups working both together and separately to test at all levels of competition. The image above is a breakdown of testing based on who conducts tests, who funds the tests, who is tested and where they are tested. This is intended to give you a better idea of where RaceClean fits into the puzzle and how your RaceClean surcharges are spent.

How is RaceClean supported?

Growing the RaceClean presence at the amateur level is made possible by the $5 RaceClean surcharges added to Cat 1 mountain bike, and Cat 2 and 3 road, track and cyclocross memberships; a $25 surcharge added to pro mountain bike and Cat 1 road, track and cyclo-cross memberships; and a $50 surcharge added to UCI pro road licenses. See "Updates" for the most up-to-date numbers.

Growing the RaceClean presence at the amateur level is made possible by the $5 RaceClean surcharges added to Cat 1 mountain bike, and Cat 2 and 3 road, track and cyclocross memberships; a $25 surcharge added to pro mountain bike and Cat 1 road, track and cyclo-cross memberships; and a $50 surcharge added to UCI pro road licenses. See "Updates" for the most up-to-date numbers.

How do I report a tip?

USADA makes available a number of ways to report the abuse of performance enhancing drugs in sport in an effort to protect clean athletes and promote clean competition. One of the most effective tools has been the free PlayClean Tip Line which is available to call at 1-877-752-9253 if you have knowledge of someone using performance enhancing drugs or techniques.

USADA makes available a number of ways to report the abuse of performance enhancing drugs in sport in an effort to protect clean athletes and promote clean competition. One of the most effective tools has been the free PlayClean Tip Line which is available to call at 1-877-752-9253 if you have knowledge of someone using performance enhancing drugs or techniques.

New to anti-doping and want to know more?

Visit the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's Anti-doping 101 webpage for answers to commonly asked questions.

Visit the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's Anti-doping 101 webpage for answers to commonly asked questions.

Resources

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

 Having a fair and effective anti-doping program is vital to ensure that the rights of clean athletes and the integrity of competition are upheld. USA Cycling is opposed to the practice of doping in sport and fully supports and complies with the policies, protocols, and rules set forth by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as the independent, non-profit anti-doping organization in the U.S. Guided by their mission to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of U.S. athletes, USADA is charged with implementing a comprehensive anti-doping program for all Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, and Para Pan American sport National Governing Bodies, their athletes, and events. USADA's scope of responsibility includes: Education for athlete and athlete support personnel Drug reference resources In-competition and out-of competition testing Results management processes USADA is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), which is a framework of anti-doping policies, rules, and regulations within sport. The Code, along with the supporting International Standards, is maintained by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to ensure global harmonization of anti-doping rules. USADA’s website www.usada.org provides many resources to help athletes, athlete support personnel, and medical professionals understand the anti-doping process and the role they play in helping to protect clean sport. The links below are shortcuts to frequently asked about topics.



Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO) is an easy to use online and mobile enabled resource to search the prohibited status of specific medications based on the current WADA Prohibited List. Global DRO does not contain formation on dietary supplements. For dietary supplement information see Supplement 411.
In addition to testing, the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) emphasizes the importance of using investigative efforts to both detect and deter the use of performance-enhancing drugs and methods in sport. It is important to know that athletes are not the only people who may commit anti-doping rule violations - coaches, trainers, doctors and other athlete support personnel may also be held accountable for their actions. Report violations via the Play Clean tipline.No organization can guarantee the safety, efficacy or non-prohibited status of a dietary supplement. Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not evaluate dietary supplement products prior to them being brought to the market, it is very important that athletes and athlete support personnel are aware of the risks associated with taking dietary supplements. Supplement 411 is an online resource to help athletes and athlete support personnel.


   
   
    
USADA's Athlete Express is available to help with immediate assistance for any questions or concerns. Athlete Express provides support over the phone and via email regarding whereabouts, testing, Therapeutic Use Exemptions, prohibited substances, educational resources, and more. Coaches are some of the most influential people in athlete’s lives, and are in a unique position to help them make positive and healthy choices. Understanding the role they play in keeping sport clean, as well as their responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code, is vital for both them and the athletes they support.Health professionals, who care for athletes, are a vital component in the bigger picture of preserving the integrity of competition and the core principles of true sport. Athletes and support personnel depend on health professionals to help guide them in making good decisions. Understanding anti-doping rules is essential to ensuring success in program compliance and clean competition. 


Additional Resources


   

Anti-doping 101

TrueSport is a movement powered by USADA that seeks to ensure a positive youth sport experience. Through certified TrueSport coaches, TrueSport parents and TrueSport Ambassadors, this movement strives to impart the important life lessons learned through participation in sport, including a focus on:
- Clean Competition
- Sportsmanship
- Peak Performance
Are you competing in an event for the first time where there may be USADA drug testing? Do you have basic questions about the drug testing process and don’t know where to start? Learn more about the most commonly asked questions for athletes new to drug testing.

The Prohibited List

Drug Reference Hotline

The Prohibited List contains all the substances and methods prohibited in sport. The List is evaluated, updated, and published every year by WADA.USADA’s Drug Reference Line® provides a personal resource to understanding prohibited substances based on the WADA Prohibited List. An expert is available to answer questions about the status of a substance; therapeutic use exemptions (TUE); and how that process can be started or carried out. Visit the link for the current phone number and hours of service.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)

Testing Information

If an athlete has a legitimate medical need to use a substance or method that is prohibited, the athlete can apply for a TUE, and where appropriate, be provided an exemption to use that method or substance under medical guidance. More information on when and how to apply for a TUE is available using the link above.Visit the link to find information from USADA about the testing process, including information about urine and blood collection.

Whereabouts Requirements

Retirement and Returning from Retirement

Some U.S. athletes may be selected by USADA or USAC to be included in a Registered Testing Pool (RTP), which requires the athlete to provide Whereabouts information, (dates, times, locations, etc.) in order to be located for out-of-competition testing. If an athlete is selected to be included in the RTP, they will be notified by the appropriate organization.When an athlete chooses to retire from sport, or plans to return from competition after previously retiring, there are important steps that must be taken to avoid any potential rule violations. 

Results Management

Marijuana and Cannabinoids

USADA is responsible for the results management and adjudication process for athletes in U.S. Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Sport, providing important independence and removing any potential conflicts of interest from the USOC and sport national governing bodies.Find answers here to common questions regarding marijuana and cannabinoid use and competition.