It's awfully hard to find a cyclist who *doesn't* have asthma and need an inhaler to treat it.RDV4ROUBAIX said:I believe Big Mig was taking salbutamol for asthma throughout his whole career. It came up as an issue due to the fact that it contains steroids.
ukpaul said:If doping is anything that increases your ability, then should we ban energy drinks, Vitamin suppliments etc?
Alfred E. Neuman said:Is sleeping in an altitude tent to artificially raise hemocrit levels cheating?
BroDeal said:Are you going to ban people from living in Colorado next? What about Columbia?
Yes. And who knows what else Dr. Ferrari gave him. Great cyclist though, should have won the '93 Tour - a year that he spent the month of June living in Leadville Colorado and riding up Mt. Evans all the time preparing for the Tour, while we're speaking of hemoglobin...ukpaul said:Didnt Tony Rominger take something for hay fever too?
Alfred E. Neuman said:It's awfully hard to find a cyclist who *doesn't* have asthma and need an inhaler to treat it.
BigBoat said:Hey, I just to put out that suppliments (multi vitamins, etc) dont really have any performance enhancing properties at all unless you are already depleted or malnourished to begin with (in a poor starving country or live off of chicken nuggets, fries, etc.) Now, I take a multi vitamin and I would recommend others to do so to if you dont like eating all your vegetables, etc.
"Energy drinks" are just basically sugar/ caffeine. Now, caffeine can help your body save glycogen and it is a mild stimulant depending on how often you consume it. But an FTP/ V02 max increase is going to be almost un-noticeable...
This whole "energy drink" industry is realy just fancy pop for people to buy at convenient stores.
Now, "doping" for me starts at synthetic testosterone, then HGH, Insulin, IGF-1 or an mechanized growth factors >> the heaviest doping for cycling being blood transfusions (packed red cells or whole blood) and EPO/ epo stimulating peptide hormones. There are also 02 carriers and synthetic hemoglobins that are very powerful indeed.
Its the blood doping >> 02 carrying increases that really "do it in in" for non drug user Pros. They cant follow a 25% power increase, but maybe they could follow the 5% FTP increase that comes with just test or HGH for example.
Why not ban sleep? The more sleep you get while hard-training, the faster you recover.