Saturday, January 12, 2008

Biological Passport

The next great idea in the fight against doping. Do you think THIS will make a difference?

15 Comments:

Blogger bryan said...

It could -- as long as the French aren't involved ... oh, wait ...

1/12/08, 5:18 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

I had heard about this last year. Funny that you bring it up. I think I'll write about this.

1/12/08, 5:34 PM  
Blogger CyclistRick said...

Every sample will be analyzed by a laboratory that is approved by WADA or the UCI and has the required equipment and staff of suitable competence,"

And we saw in the Landis hearings that the WADA idea of competence is a very, very, very low standard ... one that a 6th grader could surpass. Unless they step up and actually demand competence and adherence to good scientific practice, something WADA had not done to date, this is just another bunch of hot air.

1/13/08, 1:43 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

nope. (hey! it rhymes with "dope")

i hope that the uci gets it's shit together soon....

i do tend to agree with bryan.

"suppose they had a race and nobody came...."

1/13/08, 5:45 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I tend to agree that it will not be effective for several reasons. The first being what Rick points out. The second being that it does not address the problem of why riders are doping in the first place.

1/13/08, 8:51 PM  
Blogger jahowie said...

I hope that it makes a difference. I also hope that I can actually watch my beloved Tour De France this year and feel good about the outcome. Wouldn't that be nice? It seems that the possibility of a 2 year ban from the sport would be enough for these guys to stay clean, but I guess the big money and fame are worth the risk.

1/14/08, 6:13 AM  
Anonymous Donald said...

So true... It will be interesting to see how the 2008 peloton looks. I still say it's a huge effort but that's what it will take to keep the sport clean and true. There will still be someone who works to beat the system... to counterfeit... to cheat. If there's big money involved... unfortunately there are those who will always look for other means to achieve a peak performance.

1/14/08, 10:05 AM  
Blogger Eclectchick said...

Ha! Mebbe if they can actually get the riders to pony up a sample. That's been a sticky point.

Is that a pun of some sort? Ew.

1/15/08, 11:23 AM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

Maybe the penalty should be death. Even for a first time offense.
Might start to see some compliance after that is introduced.
Just a thought.

1/15/08, 2:14 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

Oldmanandhisbike,

Could be possible, if this were Saudi or Sudan.

1/15/08, 3:19 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

chris,

ref : "The second being that it does not address the problem of why riders are doping in the first place."


Good point. What I'd like to know is, what are the educational backgrounds of the riders. I mean, its seems like none of them really understand the grave implications of blood doping. Infections, diseases, heart attacks, a shameful career are just many of the few.

It beats me.

1/15/08, 3:23 PM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

Ron:
I was being sarcastic.

1/16/08, 11:57 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

oldmanandhisbike,

That was fairly obvious. I was too.

1/16/08, 1:43 PM  
Blogger Them Country Folk: said...

Chris,

You're right re: the education levels. I mean, can you say hepatitis and worse? Tyler keeps saying that he didn't do it "because he would never put his wife at risk for a communicable disease." At least he recognizes that IS a risk, which seems over the head of the other 8th-grade drop-outs on the Tour.

1/16/08, 3:09 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Thanks for all the discussion.

Sadly, I would bet money on another fiasco this year. I hope for the best, but suspect the worst.

1/16/08, 6:24 PM  

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