Enduro’s first doping scandal.

by singletrackjenn 5

It had to happen – enduro gets its very own, Fisher Price-style, ‘my first doping scandal’.

The sun is not always going to shine on the righteous - an enduro rider in happier times...

The French cycling federation (FFC) have released a statement regarding a formal doping violation in an enduro event. (You can read it here via ffc.fr if your French is better than ours.)

It concerns an unnamed, French-licensed rider who tested positive for prohibited masking agent hydrochlorothiazide during the Megavalanche on Reunion Island in November 2011. The rider received a six-month suspension effective from 20th September 2012, so will be free to race again as of 20th March this year.

So a short ban which neatly ends just as the new season begins, for a rider who maintains their anonymity? Seems rather lenient to us but nothing about it is particularly surprising, either – with the bike industry’s hopes pinned on enduro as the saviour of racing (whether or not it actually needed rescuing in the first place), it was inevitable that doping would appear here, too. After all, even the brightest newest thing isn’t going to stay bright and new for very long when podium placings and sponsorship dollars are still the end game.

As your mum said when you got caught smoking outside the sixth form common room – we’re not angry, we’re just disappointed…

Comments (5)

  1. So hiding the identity and a short ban is going to save the reputation of the sport? So much for being open as the best way to move forward.

  2. Hiding his identity is just telling other riders they might get away with it too. And in my view it is ruining the reputation of the sport rather then benefitting it. As s2a says being open is the best way forward plus it is proof of honesty and responsibility…

  3. Should be very public and there needs to be a larger sanction!! Basicly this rider is haveing a bit of a break! Big deal!! Needs alot more teeth!!!

  4. Thats the French for you…:)

  5. Bet it would’ve been a harsher penalty if the rider wasn’t a cheese eating surrender monkey….

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