davidg said:Some good stuff here guys.
Sounds great to just throw the comment out there, that it is the way to go, but the more you look at it, the more it seems to be a totally impractical approach to the problem.
I think the only merit it has is as an indicator along with other observed values like VAM to perhaps suggest who should be targetted. On this basis, the detection methods have to improve as the definitive ruling on whether a rider has doped.
For example, it is OK to have a rule that says you cannot use EPO, or blood dope, but can you have a rule that says your W/Kg cannot be 7 at FTP. Yes we know that currently that means the rider will (most certainly) have doped, but somewhere there could be someone who is genetically made that way.
you could say, just use the meters to get raw power data in a race, no baseline needed, and just use the info to point out those that have numbers way out of wack but even then they'd have to be tamper proof, if that's even possible, and therefor would probably be an expensive product that doesn't even exist at this point.
maybe some company out there should go to work on this. make a simple tamper resistant meter that would be cheap enough for widespread use.
i now admit that would point to people that are probably cheating. but you'd still have to have another way of proving it.
would it be worth it just for that?