Cycling South Africa reports that mountain bike cyclist Rourke Croeser returned an adverse analytical finding in an out-of-competition test conducted on 30 August 2015. The analytical report confirmed the presence of Recombinant EPO in his urine sample. Mr. Croeser elected to have his B sample analysed which confirmed the result.
National team rider Rourke Croeser was found to be in possession of a syringe at the recent World MTB Championships in Andorra. This is in direct contravention of the UCI Medical rules and specifically in relation to the sub-section “Ban on Injections”. The possession of syringes is in violation of UCI Medical rule 13.03.058 (2). The rule states :
The 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Series presented by Shimano drew to a close when the final round took place in Val di Sole, Italy from 22-23 September. The name hot off the mouths of those supporting on Sunday was that of South Africa’s Rourke Croeser, who climbed 32 places to finish 15th in the Elite Men’s cross-country (XCO) race.
South African Rourke Croeser and Swiss Ariane Kleinhans conquered strong competition and atrocious conditions to claim victories in the men and women’s races respectively at Round 5 of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series at Ballito on South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal coast at the weekend.
It was a tale of two races at the 2015 Stihl SA MTB Championships presented by Subaru Cape Town/Novus Holdings with James Reid snatching victory in an end sprint whilst Cherie Vale put in a commanding performance to win the ladies cross country title on Saturday.
Defending men’s South African Cross Country champion Rourke Croeser will jet home next week to try and win another national title as well as vital UCI points in his bid to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Stihl SA MTB Championships presented by Subaru Cape Town/Novus Holdings in Stellenbosch onSaturday 18 July.