Cycling Ireland warns against all supplements; reminds riders cannabis lingers for months

Posted on: March 2nd, 2016

Supplements of any description should not be taken by Irish racing cyclists, any of whom can be called for drug testing at domestic events, Cycling Ireland has warned.


Cycling Ireland has urged its members to steer clear of taking any supplements for fear of testing positive for banned substances.

And in an anti-doping message it has also reminded its members that recreational drugs are also banned and that cannabis can linger in the system after use for more than two months.

The federation has issued its advice in a release at a time when more and more drug testing is expected to take place at domestic events.

In one section of its statement under the heading ‘general guidance’ it points out that riders will be responsible for any banned substances found in their samples.

And because of that strict liability, it says, supplements of any kind should not be consumed.

“Under the Irish anti-doping rules members are held to the ‘strict liability’ standard… they are responsible for any prohibited substance found in their system,” it says in its just-published statement on doping.

“All riders (senior/women/junior/veteran) should be aware that they may be required to submit themselves for anti-doping tests, at any time, in an out-of-competition test, or at the end of a race.

“However for out-of-competition testing this is more likely to apply to those riders in receipt of government funding (carded cyclists).

“It is therefore necessary to ensure that any dietary supplement, that includes for example energy bars, pre, during and post competition drinks, vitamin, mineral, herbal or ergogenic aids do not contain any substance that could lead to an adverse finding in the event of an anti- doping test.

“Cycling Ireland would recommend, based on research, the avoidance of all supplements.”

With Ireland having had one recent positive result for cannabis – albeit in a case that was not treated as performance enhancing related and where a minimal suspension was handed down – the federation has issued advice on recreational drugs.

It reminds riders that the whole range of narcotics is banned, including cannabis.

“Members are advised that traces of recreational drugs can remain in one’s system for considerable periods after consumption, for frequent users it can even be 77 days, 30 days average for frequent users,” it said citing a research project on cannabis.

For Cycling Ireland’s doping statement in full, please follow this link.