SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) is in the process of doing retroactive testing for EPO (Erythropoietin) of all blood samples of over 50 top cyclists that competed in major mountain and road races during 2012 to establish whether EPO doping took place and if an EPO doing infrastructure exists in SA. Athletes testing positive will be charged and could face bans.
This is according to SAIDS CEO, Khalid Galant, who says that retroactive (backdated) analyses is one way of finding out if a major EPO doping problem exists in this country.
The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) today announced that top cyclist and Absa Cape Epic contender, David George, has tested positive for the banned drug, EPO (Erythropoietin) and will face a charge of doping at an independent tribunal. With his riding partner Kevin Evans, he finished in second place overall in this year’s Absa Cape Epic, his best performance in the event to date. George has also won the Absa African Jersey at the Absa Cape Epic three times (2008, 2009, 2012).
Cycling SA reports that David George returned an adverse analytical finding in an out-of-competition test conducted by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) on 29 August 2012.
George is therefore provisionally suspended with immediate effect from competing in any event. The SAIDS process will now take its course.
Cycling South Africa respects the independence of the SAIDS process and will respect the outcome. Cycling SA further reiterates its zero-tolerance approach to doping in sport and confirms that there is no evidence of this being an endemic problem in the sport in South Africa.
‘Years may come and years may go’ but the winner of the MTN Ride Crater Cruise ultra-marathon (106km) never seems to change.
In Parys, on Saturday (13 October), Kevin Evans (Nedbank360Life) won the Ride Crater Cruise for an unprecedented fourth time consecutively. His winning time was 3 hours 27 minutes and 21 seconds. James Reid (Nedbank360Life) was second (3:27:45) and Neil MacDonald (RE:CM) third (3:27:48).
Kevin Evans and David George (Nedbank360Life) will give new meaning to the words “rush job” on Saturday (13 October) when they are competing in the MTN Ride Crater Cruise National MTB ultra-marathon (106km) in and around Parys.
It rarely occurs that Max Knox (Specialized) has the luxury of going into a cycling race with absolutely no pressure on him to win.
When he lines up to start the MTN Hilton Ultra Marathon in KwaZulu-Natal on the 23th September, he will be in that privileged position.
With his dominant performance at the MTN Gravel Travel and SA Championship, which enabled him to finish nearly 12 minutes ahead of David George (Nedbank360Life) and 23 minutes ahead of Kevin Evans (Nedbank360Life), Knox had basically secured an overall victory in the MTN National MTB Series.
In a discussion of any particular sport, the debate about who is really the best will always be an important issue. A conversation like this very often turns into a heated discussion.
But as far as mountain biking is concerned, the question of who is the best mountain biker in South Africa, will be answered on 25 August when the best of the best will battle it out during the South African National Championships at the MTN Gravel Travel in and around Wellington.
One of the main challenges for the pro-elite riders will certainly be to bring the domination of Kevin Evans and David George (Nedbank360Life) in the MTN National MTB Series to an end.
After last year’s heartbreak, Kevin Evans and David George smashed the course record to reclaim their rightful place as winners of the 2012 sani2c, presented by BoE Private Clients, in Scottburgh on Saturday morning.
The Nedbank 360Life riders took the overall lead after winning the opening stage between Underberg and McKenzie Club near Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday and did not relinquish it again. Keep reading for a day by day report.