The New York State Bicycle Racing Association (NYSBRA) recently became the first Local Association to formalize the implementation of USA Cycling’s (USAC) Race Clean Program. The new program is designed to help eradicate the use of performance enhancing drugs and methods in cycling through increased testing for road, cyclo-cross and mountain bike events sanctioned by USA Cycling.
NYSBRA will fund the new program and receive matching funds from USAC to help subsidize the costs of testing at local and regional events. USADA will implement the independent anti-doping program in accordance with the World-Anti-Doping Code.
NYSBRA President Jeffrey Poulin sees the new program as a positive step forward for the sport of cycling in the region: “This grew from a grass-roots desire from NY racers to have a clean sport and so it makes NYSBRA proud to lead the way by joining USA Cycling’s RaceClean program,” Poulin stated.
USA Cycling President & CEO Steve Johnson executed the contract between NYSBRA and USAC and expects many other Local Associations to follow suit.
“The RaceClean program sends a strong statement about anti-doping and ensures a level playing field at all levels of racing,” said Johnson. “It is gratifying to see that race directors, teams, riders and our Local Associations such as the New York State Bicycle Racing Association are eager to get behind this initiative to help further our sport.”
The New York State Bicycle Racing Association was founded in 2007 under USAC’s Local Association Program in order to directly serve the needs of the bicycle racing community in the state of New York through the administration of USAC permits, rider upgrades, and official assignments. There were 3458 licensed racers and 125 sanctioned cycling events in New York State in 2012.