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    Would being on Finasteride disqualify me from racing?

    Hey everybody,

    I'm really interested in getting into track racking but I'm concerned that being on Finasteride (aka Proscar or Propecia) that I'm taking to prevent hair loss would disqualify me from racing in any major events if I eventually get good enough to do so. I don't want to train and get good at doing this only to be stone walled by the drugs I'm taking. Stopping the medication is not an option for me, I have a full head of hair and I intend on keeping it that way.

    Any advice?

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    advice?

    there won't be any drug testing until you get to a very high level and even then it would only be at big national events. it's not even something to consider for you at this point, if ever

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    If you're ever in any doubt over the legality of medication you should check with the relevant anti doping agency.
    A quick online check of US Anti Doping Agency databasde reveals this:
    http://www.usantidoping.org/dro/sear...DisciplineId=3

    Sorry to report that Finasteride is banned both in and out of competition. So, if you get good on your bike you'll have to choose between your sport and your vanity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Kennedy View Post
    If you're ever in any doubt over the legality of medication you should check with the relevant anti doping agency.
    A quick online check of US Anti Doping Agency databasde reveals this:
    http://www.usantidoping.org/dro/sear...DisciplineId=3

    Sorry to report that Finasteride is banned both in and out of competition. So, if you get good on your bike you'll have to choose between your sport and your vanity.
    Bummer!

    I wonder why it would be banned as it actually lowers my DHT levels? You would think that would put me at a disadvantage. Oh well, thanks for looking this up for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay D View Post
    Bummer!

    I wonder why it would be banned as it actually lowers my DHT levels? You would think that would put me at a disadvantage. Oh well, thanks for looking this up for me.
    It's probably a hormone, stimulant or an agent that boosts levels of other substances deemed anti-competitive or harmful by that body.

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    Oh, it's banned because it can mask Steroid use, not because it'll do you any good.

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    what track events in the u.s. have drug testing? not many i'm guessing.

    the world cup: yes
    nationals championships: yes
    masters nationals:? don't know but guessing no
    junior nationals:? don't know but guessing no
    collegiate nationals:? don't know but guessing no

    anyone know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzzwillzzz View Post
    what track events in the u.s. have drug testing? not many i'm guessing.

    the world cup: yes
    nationals championships: yes
    masters nationals:? don't know but guessing no
    junior nationals:? don't know but guessing no
    collegiate nationals:? don't know but guessing no

    anyone know?
    Junior Nationals has it for the 17-18 age group because it's the qualifier for Junior Worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzzwillzzz View Post
    what track events in the u.s. have drug testing? not many i'm guessing.

    the world cup: yes
    nationals championships: yes
    masters nationals:? don't know but guessing no
    junior nationals:? don't know but guessing no
    collegiate nationals:? don't know but guessing no

    anyone know?
    never heard of there being testing at masters track nats, but it probably wouldn't be a bad idea...

    AFAIK, you have it right-- I don't know of any local/regional track events with testing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bitingduck View Post
    never heard of there being testing at masters track nats, but it probably wouldn't be a bad idea...

    AFAIK, you have it right-- I don't know of any local/regional track events with testing.
    No way. It's too expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Carpenter View Post
    No way. It's too expensive.
    Yeah. Even for the T-town races with $$$.

    And much more expensive than the testing is the legal action that follows a positive most of the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bitingduck View Post
    never heard of there being testing at masters track nats, but it probably wouldn't be a bad idea...

    AFAIK, you have it right-- I don't know of any local/regional track events with testing.
    I participated in Masters Nats this year at Hellyer and there was no drug testing. However, there was UCI technical inspection of bikes for physical compliance and weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
    I participated in Masters Nats this year at Hellyer and there was no drug testing. However, there was UCI technical inspection of bikes for physical compliance and weight.
    I was there, too. Technical inspection is cheap...

    I have heard various reports of things overheard and/or found in the infield to suggest that testing at the masters level would be a good thing.
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