March 31/04 11:45 am - UCI Testing Program, CCA Hiring, Hardwood, Bobblehead, New Magazine
Posted by Editor on 03/31/04
New Drug Monitoring Program
The UCI (Union Cycliste International) has announced a new program to fight drug use in cycling. In response to the recent revelations from Philippe Gaumont (ex-Cofidis)and Jesus Manzano (ex-Kelme) regarding drug use in the pro ranks, the UCI has stepped up the roll out of a new electronic monitoring system - Electronic Personal Observation System (E.P.O.S.). Photo
The new system consists of a microchip implanted subcutaneously (under the skin) which monitors a person's red blood cell count. The circuit also contains a GPS locator and, when a receiving unit is within range, blood data can be downloaded for the previous 72 hours. The UCI did not say what the range of the receiver is, but it is expected to be less than 5 kilometres.
"We are confident that the majority of cyclists are clean, as our testing has shown", stated a UCI spokesperson, "but this technology will provide another weapon in our battle to improve the health and safety of the riders."
The UCI will be asking volunteers to use the system for the rest of this season, and plan to make it mandatory for top division teams in the Pro Tour, which is scheduled to begin next year. Since monitoring is undetectable by the rider, there is no way for them to know when their blood data is being examined. The UCI hopes that this will, in their words, "encourage" riders to avoid products such as erythropoietin, which has been linked to dozens of deaths among cyclists.
The IOC and WADA are both supporting the program, and will, if it proves successful, plan to introduce to all endurance sports.
Reaction from the teams and riders has been mixed, with many calling it a gross violation of privacy.
CCA Hires Marketing Director
The Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) has finally announced the hiring of a Director of Marketing, filling a position that has been empty for nearly one year. Effective immediately, the marketing position will be filled by Edward Arzouian. Arzouian is a surprising choice, given his recent battles with the cycling establishment, which include being terminated from the position of Competitions Coordinator at the Hamilton Road Worlds, and his subsequent lawsuit against the CCA and the Worlds organization.
"Mr Arzouian is one of the most knowledgeable members of the cycling community in Canada. He ran the Evian-Miko professional team, and was a top junior competitor before that. We look forward to having him as a member of the CCA family, and anticipate a significant upturn in sponsorship revenue." said CCA President Brian Jolly in a press release.
Arzouian brushed aside concerns that his public and repeated criticisms of the CCA and Masters level athletes will affect his ability to perform his duties.
"That is past. I am happy to see that the CCA has recognized my talents, and I fully expect to raise the level of professionalism for the sport in Canada. I have already begun to target potential sponsors, and have reached an agreement for colourful tents that the CCA and provincial associations will be able to use."
Director General Pierre Hutsebaut was unavailable for comment.
Hardwood and 24 Sports Reach Settlement
Hardwood Hills and 24 Sports have reached a tentative agreement to settle their ongoing dispute over land use for a 24 hour event in August. The two sides have agreed to a 24 Minutes of Adrenalin event, which will take place between noon and 1:00 pm June 31st. Teams of 5 will cover the gruelling 300m course in the traditional relay format. Further details will be available shortly.
Green Bobblehead Coming
Canadian Cyclist has commissioned a series of bobblehead dolls of top Canadian riders, starting with two-time mountain bike world champion Roland Green. The bobblehead Green figure will be available later this year, and will sell for approximately $39.95. Bobblehead dolls have been popular for a few years in major U.S. professional sports but this is the first cyclist bobblehead (so far as we know).
"I am honoured to be a Canadian Cyclist bobblehead." said Roland, when contacted. Future bobblehead plans include Alison Sydor, Michael Barry, Genevieve Jeanson and Ryder Hesjedal.
Pre-production orders are being accepted now, at a 20% discount. Please contact us if you are interested - firstname.lastname@example.org
New Magazine from Bicycle Canada
Bicycle Canada, the publisher of Canadian Cyclist, is pleased to announce the launch of a new publication for the freeride crowd. Yo Dude will be a quarterly magazine, focusing on big air issues such as "How Much Travel is Too Much Travel?", "Gnarley - Passé or Retro?", and "Missy Giove: God or Goddess?". Full of the greatest air shots you will ever see, Yo Dude will also attempt to answer the burning question: What will I say to my kids when I'm 40 and they ask me 'Dad, why do you have tattoos all over your body?'. Yo Dude will be available at discriminating skateboard shops everywhere.