PEZ on the Motion pictures: Protecting the Mild On

Just about since its inception, the game {of professional} biking has been infamous for dishonest. Within the early days, this may need been by getting supporters to beat up one’s rivals, or throw tacks o the street earlier than they handed. These reasonably crude strategies have in newer years been supplanted by chemical enhancements, first with poorly-managed utilization of issues like cocaine and amphetamines after which finally by way more scientific utility of merchandise like EPO and HGH. The place as soon as solely people have been on the lookout for a leg up, whole groups—from managers to help workers to riders—turned concerned. An entire collection of scandals erupted: the Festina Affair; Operación Puerto; Operation Aderlass; and, in fact, the Armstrong revelations, the place doping was primarily obligatory for riders on the US Postal squad. For sure, professional biking’s status for plausible competitors put it someplace round skilled wrestling.

MPCC Legeay

In 2007 a brand new voluntary group was based to defend the concept of fresh biking and to observe the strict code of ethics of the UCI. The MPCC (Mouvement pour un cyclisme crédible, or Motion for Credible Biking) is a union of the presently consists of 8 of the Males’s World Tour groups, 15 Professional Groups, 17 Continental Groups, in addition to 4 Girls’s World Tour and 11 Girls’s Continental Groups. Different members are a dozen race organizers, 4 nationwide federations, sponsors, “sympathizers,” present and retired workers members and, apparently, 362 particular person present riders, a quantity that features many whose groups are usually not MPCC members. The supervisor of the Crédit Agricole group, Roger Legeay, was one of many founders and has been president since its inception.

MPCC just lately launched a 20 minute academic video, “Protecting the Mild On,” about efforts to deal with doping in professional biking. It focuses totally on the work of the Worldwide Testing Company, a company based in 2018 in Lausanne to manage anti-doping packages for worldwide sports activities federations. It covers some 60 sports activities.

The video is split into three segments. The primary is about testing procedures, which appear well-established. After all, the science on doping strategies and merchandise, in addition to advances in testing to fight it, strikes ahead. We be taught that there are greater than 10,000 samples in long-term storage in order that as evaluation improves will probably be potential to revisit them and decide if any person goes to lose that Olympic medal in spite of everything. The skilled notes that there are completely different ranges of doping, with amateurs (who principally don’t know what they’re doing) most simply caught however then shifting up the ladder in sophistication to professionals on the highest ranges of sport.


The second half covers what appears to be a newer, however clearly essential path: investigation. A former US Homeland Safety operative is in control of this as ITA tries to unmask the networks which are supplying efficiency enhancing medicine to sports activities organizations and people. The ITA affords an nameless “whistle blower” platform named REVEAL for passing info on supected doping offences.

Lastly, the video requires “dedication” in its remaining part. That is actually the perform that the MPCC undertakes in its promotion of fresh biking, calling on groups, riders and organizations to help the anti-doping motion. Roger Legeay notes, with some clear remorse, that the highest World Tour groups are usually not members of the MPCC. Trying on the group’s web site, it reveals solely 50% of the Males’s World Tour groups are members and solely 37% of the Girls’s World Tour groups. Nonetheless, 83% of the second-level UCI Professional Groups are concerned. Membership is fully voluntary however, as indicated on the web site: “Any member commits to a variety of basic guidelines of the MPCC and is free to go away the affiliation at any time.” Quite a few groups have finished so previously though the basic guidelines don’t look all that onerous.

Biking has positively gone from one of the crucial seen doping offenders to one of the crucial extremely managed and constructive circumstances are pretty uncommon now, though no one would ever say it has been fully eradicated. There have been nonetheless 28 doping circumstances in 2023, with 4 on the World Tour degree.

MPCC 2024

Efficiency enhancing medicine have change into an enormous and pervasive business, not solely supplying skilled athletes in broadly numerous actions—current doping tales embody determine skating, golf, tennis and, amazingly, curling—however amateurs as nicely, whether or not Gran Fondo riders or highschool soccer gamers. And now we’re on the verge of seeing aggressive occasions within the so-called “Enhanced Video games,” the place it seems that something that doesn’t instantly kill the athlete will probably be allowed.

“Protecting the Mild On” is price watching because it brings ahead the story of efforts in biking to restore the game’s tarnished status, to attempt to preserve the aggressive subject a degree one and a wholesome one total for athletes.


“Protecting the Mild On,” by MPCC
21 minutes, 2024
With subtitles in French and English:

  • For extra info on the MPCC, try their web site:
  • Be taught in regards to the Worldwide Testing Company (ITA) right here:

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