FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Champion System p/b Stan’s NoTubes cycling team helps CRCA fund new testing program. Call for others to help fight doping too.
New York City, NY (FPRC), July 25th , 2012 – Following the news of positive drug tests at the 2012 Gran Fondo New York, the Champion System p/b Stan’s NoTubes cycling team has pledged a $5,000 donation to the CRCA with the stipulation that the money be used to fund a testing program.
“The cost of testing is very expensive, but that shouldn’t be an excuse for inaction. We would like to see testing at CRCA events and we’re ready to help fund this,” said managing director Igor Volshteyn. “While we are disappointed by the recent news, we believe the stark reality highlighted by these positive tests is exactly what we need to finally mobilize our community and take firm and decisive action against doping together… something we frankly should have done a long time ago.”
This is not the first positive test for a CRCA member. In May of last year, a rider from another CRCA team tested positive at the Wilmington Grand Prix.
Gran Fondo New York CEO Ulrich Fluhme has been a big advocate of more testing, “Doping control helps clean riders have fair competition. We believe that we came closer to achieving that by introducing out-of-competition (OOC) and in-competition (IC) testing. All our OCC tests came back negative as did the vast majority of IC tests. Plus, the announcement of testing before the event kept away notorious cheaters.
“We applaud the Gran Fondo New York for taking a strong stand against doping and for working with the USADA,” said CSp/bSNT rider Chris Johnson. “Now it is time for the local community to keep this fight against performance enhancing drugs going.”
Igor Volshteyn continued, “We’re calling other CRCA teams and individuals in the cycling community to match our donation and contribute to help fund a local testing program. We recognize the financial limitations of the CRCA and would hope that other teams within the club feel as strongly about the need for testing as we do and take action.”
About Champion System p/b Stan’s NoTubes cycling team: Champion System p/b Stan’s NoTubes is an elite cycling team based out of New York City. They are registered with USA cycling as a domestic elite team and race a national schedule. To learn more about the team, please visit ChampSysRacing.com
The Century Road Club Association (CRCA) was founded in 1898 and was named the USA Cycling Division 1 Club of the Year for 2009. The club exists to provide bicycle racing and bicycling activities for the enjoyment of its Members, to promote bicycling as a sport and generally advance the interests of cycling through organized races, coaching and training events.
Christopher Johnson, communications
Champion System p/b Stan’s NoTubes Cycling Team