Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Interesting reads

• Nathan Wallace tested positive for Oxilofrine (stimulant) at the Queensland Natural Physique Titles. Mr Wallace received a three-month period of ineligibility which commenced on 4 October 2008, being time already served.

To give you the truth about what happened with Nathan Wallace. He failed for Oxilofrine which came from ALRI Hyperdrive. An over the counter supplement used by plenty of natural competitors. He also contacted the INBA/ASADA about whether the product was on the banned list before he took his sponsorship from ALRI and was told by the INBA/ASADA that it was fine to take.

Oxilofrine does not appear on the list of ingredients on the bottle (of Hyperdrive) anywhere and Oxilofrine can't be bought as a single product in Australia. The product has since been taken of the shelves in Australia by the TGA.

Now, here's what I learned in retrospect. When ALRI first put out Hyperdrive, it was called 'Venom' Hyperdrive. It was marketed as a powerful B vitamin. Then, after athletes started getting popped for oxilofrine violations, they put a synonym for oxilofrine on their label called methyl synephrine. If an athlete (like me) researched the product prior to the label change (see label before change in the post below), they would have no way of knowing.

Let me say, right now, all I'm trying to do is find a way to sleep at night.

Best wishes,
-F

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

WHAT???

Dear all,

If you are reading this now it is likely that you are here looking for more info about the two-year cycling sanction that USADA sought against me. Well, I am sad to say, that it is true. I am still in a state of shock after hearing about the decision today. And mind you, I wasn’t called by USADA or the Arbitrator and given the news before it was posted and made public. No, a friend of mine in Sacramento sent me a message saying that he had read it online in Velonews. I would say that of all the ways to find out such bad news, that was maybe the worst.

For the last several months I have been privately dealing with the positive drug test that I gave at the end of last year. The test result was due to my use of an over the counter product that I thought was safe called Hyperdrive 3.0. Regrettably, the product contained a compound called Methyl Synephrine, which is an optical isomer of Oxilofrine, which is a banned substance. Neither compound was listed on the ingredients label of Hyperdrive 3.0 that I researched. I did not knowingly ingest the banned substance, and the arbitrator that heard the case commented in his report that he believed me.

Needless to say, I am feeling pretty rocked right now. I thought that once I explained everything that the arbitrator would clearly understand that I did not intend to take the banned substance, I didn’t even know it was in there! But, the USADA rules are pretty biased against those that give + tests. For example, here is one section of the rule book:

Riders must refrain from using any substance, foodstuff, food supplement or drink of which they do not know the composition. It must be emphasized that the composition indicated on a product is not always complete. The product may contain prohibited substances not listed in the composition.


So, that’s about that. There isn’t much I can do. Clearly, I didn’t know the composition of all of the food that I was eating and the products that I was using. Mostly because, not all of the ingredients were listed on the label. Like I said, I’m not sure what more I can do.

Best wishes,
F

Oh, and here is the product to beware. Note, the label is now different than what you see here (click to enlarge):