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by Mark Zalewski
April 26, 2017
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USA Cycling revamped its own anti-doping testing programme for amateur competitors, dubbed ‘RaceClean,’ for the 2016 season and recently published a final report for the year. The revamp included assessing new fees for the more elite amateur racers in its membership in order to fund the expanded testing. In all five positive tests were announced out of 185 total tests.
One of the main goals of the revamp was to allocate the money for testing proportionally among the funding sources, with the report saying that goal was largely met, though mountain bike and track were slightly under-tested and cyclocross slightly over-tested.
In all $134,700 was spent, with a 6.5 percent surplus that will be rolled into 2017.
Another goal was the triple the amount of amateur testing in 2016 compared the previous year, which was 45 tests. That goal was well surpassed with 185 tests.
While five positive tests have been announced the way the anti-doping cases are processed this is not necessarily the final number for the year.
Click through to read more at USA Cycling.