Doping has a long history in endurance sports. For many, the face of this epidemic is Lance Armstrong, a man who won a record-setting 7 Tours de France, only to have them stripped after a doping admission. The admission also brought a lifetime ban from triathlon, a sport he took up after retiring from cycling.
There are arguments to be made on all sides of the doping debate. But, one question that keeps coming up in about reinstatement. A recent LAVA Magazine cover story took it on, prompting a swell of reactions from age-groupers and professionals alike.
The story comes at a coincidental time. A few days ago, the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC), an independent, three-member panel tasked by cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), with “investigating the causes and patterns of doping within cycling.”
The 200+ page CIRC report is revealing, also shedding light on doping in the modern peloton. It’s also making some current riders a bit uneasy, some of which have chosen not to address questions about it by the press.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the debate. Should an athlete who admitted to using performance enhancing drugs be afforded a second chance at competing? If so, what does that say about the credibility and integrity of triathlon?