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Re: British amateurs
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2015, 13:07 »
I think you have a culture in which, if you're prepared to ...

a) pay a small fortune for a bike and equipment,

b) share an increasingly sedentary society's narcissistic obsessions with body image and personal fitness, and

c) take advantage of the comparative anonymity and easy availability afforded by the Internet

... doping in amateur sport begins at the feasible and leans towards the desirable. I think it is very much a phenomenon born of the times.
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    Re: British amateurs
    « Reply #2 on: February 10, 2015, 14:01 »
    I think point a is really key.

    I ride all winter on a £200 winter hack bike with single speed and non-matching handle bar tape and find lots of carbonites out around the lanes of Fenland.

    Some of the money spent is amazing and I would suggest could elevate my performance were I exposed to the same equipment and still put in the same training.

    But as you say. Why cruise around the 4th cats if you can afford to spent £7k on a bike? might as well go fast with some assistance.
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    Re: British amateurs
    « Reply #3 on: February 10, 2015, 16:11 »
    I can see why some people with more money than intelligence and self-respect go down that road, even if they're 'only' amateurs. But I'm not someone who'd ever do it myself - I'm just not 'ambitious' enough.

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    Re: British amateurs
    « Reply #4 on: October 25, 2016, 16:00 »
    The gift that keeps giving is the UK amateur scene...

    http://road.cc/content/news/209183-british-amateur-rider-banned-doping-tests-positive-epo

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    Townsend’s representatives say he “vehemently” denied taking EPO and had “absolutely no idea how such a prohibited substance could have been present in the sample.”

    wow.
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