Victor Conte's letter to Dwain Chambers

Mar 4, 2010
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Dear Dwain,

Per your request, this letter is to confirm that I am willing to assist you in providing the UKA and others with information that will help them to improve the effectiveness of their anti-doping programs.

The specific details regarding how you were able to circumvent the UKA and IAAF anti-doping tests for an extended period of time are provided below.

Your performance enhancing drug program included the following seven prohibited substances. THG, testosterone/epitestosterone cream, EPO (Procrit), HGH (Serostim), insulin (Humalog), modafinil (Provigil) and liothryonine, which is a synthetic form of the T3 thyroid hormone (Cytomel).

THG is a previously undetectable designer steroid nicknamed “the clear.” It was primarily used in the off season and was taken two days per week, typically on Mondays and Wednesdays. Generally, these were the two most intense weight training days of the week. The purpose was to accelerate healing and tissue repair. Thirty units (IU) of the liquid was place under the tongue during the morning time frame. THG was used in cycles of “three weeks on and one week off.”

Testosterone/epitestosterone cream was also primarily used during the off season. It was rubbed into the skin on the front of the forearm on two days per week, typically Tuesdays and Thursdays. The dosage was ½ gram which contained 50 mg of testosterone and 2.5 mg of epitestosterone (20 to 1 ratio). The purpose was to offset the suppression of endogenous testosterone caused by the use of the THG and to accelerate recovery. The testosterone/epitestosterone cream was also used in cycles of three weeks on and one week off.

EPO was used 3 days per week during the “corrective phase,” which is the first two weeks of a cycle. Typically, it was on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It was only used once per week during the “maintenance phase” thereafter, typically this was every Wednesday. The dosage was 4000 IU per injection. The purpose was to increase the red blood cell count and enhance oxygen uptake and utilization. This substance provides a big advantage to sprinters because it enables them to do more track repetitions and obtain a much deeper training load during the off season. EPO becomes undetectable about seventy-two hours after subcutaneous injection (stomach) and only twenty-four hours after intraveneous injection.

HGH was used three nights per week, typically on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Each injection would contain 4.5 units of growth hormone. Once again, this substance was used primarily during the off season to help with recovery from very strenuous weight training sessions.

Insulin was used after strenuous weight training sessions during the off season. Three units of Humalog (fast acting insulin) were injected immediately after the workout sessions together with a powdered drink that contained 30 grams of dextrose, 30 grams of whey protein isolates and 3 grams of creatine. The purpose was to quickly replenish glycogen, resynthesize ATP and promote protein synthesis and muscle growth. Insulin acts as a “shuttle system” in the transport of glucose and branch chain amino acids. There is no test available for insulin at this time.

Modafinil was used as a “wakefulness promoting” agent before competitions. The purpose was to decrease fatigue and enhance mental alertness and reaction time. A 200 mg tablet was consumed one hour before competition.

Liothryonine was used help accelerate the basic metabolic rate before competitions. The purpose was to reduce sluggishness and increase quickness. Two 25 mcg tablets were taken one hour before competition. There is no test available for liothryonine at this time.

In general terms, explosive strength athletes, such as sprinters, use anabolic steroids, growth hormone, insulin and EPO during the off season. They use these drugs in conjunction with an intense weight training program, which helps to develop a strength base that will serve them throughout the competitive season. Speed work is done just prior to the start of the competitive season.

It is important to understand that it is not really necessary for athletes to have access to designer anabolic steroids such as THG. They can simply use fast acting testosterone (oral as well as creams and gels) and still easily avoid the testers. For example, oral testosterone will clear the system in less than a week and testosterone creams and gels will clear even faster.

Many drug tested athletes use what I call the “duck and dodge” technique. Several journalists in the UK have recently referred to it as the “duck and dive” technique. This is basically how it works.

First, the athlete repeatedly calls their own cell phone until the message capacity is full. This way the athlete can claim to the testers that they didn’t get a message when they finally decide to make themselves available. Secondly, they provide incorrect information on their whereabouts form. They say they are going to one place and then go to another. Thereafter, they start using testosterone, growth hormone and other drugs for a short cycle of two to three weeks.

After the athlete discontinues using the drugs for a few days and they know that they will test clean, they become available and resume training at their regular facility.

Most athletes are tested approximately two times each year on a random out-of -competition basis. If a tester shows up and the athlete is not where they are supposed to be, then the athlete will receive a “missed test.” This is the equivalent to receiving “strike one” when up to bat in a baseball game. The current anti-doping rules allow an athlete to have two missed tests in any given eighteen month period without a penalty or consequence. So, the disadvantage for an athlete having a missed test is that they have one strike against them. The advantage of that missed test is that the athlete has now received the benefit of a cycle of steroids. Long story short, an athlete can continue to duck and dive until they have two missed tests, which basically means that they can continue to use drugs until that time.

In summary, it’s my opinion that more than fifty percent of the drug tests performed each year should be during the off season or the fourth quarter. This is when the track athletes are duckin’ and divin’ and using anabolic steroids and other drugs. Let me provide some rather startling information for your consideration. If you check the testing statistics on the USADA website, you will find that the number of out-of-competition drug tests performed during each quarter of 2007 are as follows: In the first quarter there were 1208, second quarter 1295, third quarter 1141 and in the fourth quarter there were only 642. In late 2003 I advised USADA about the importance of random testing during the fourth quarter of the year. They did initially seem to follow my advice because they increased the number of fourth quarter tests in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

However, they failed to continue this practice in 2007. Why would USADA decide to perform only 15% of their annual out-of-competition tests during the fourth quarter? Let’s not forget that this is the off season before the upcoming summer Olympic Games. This is equivalent to a fisherman knowing that the fish are ready to bite and then consciously deciding that it is time to reel in his line and hook, lean his fishing pole up against a tree and take a nap.

On several occasions, I have provided detailed information to both USADA and WADA in an attempt to help them establish more effective testing policies and procedures.

I certainly have more information that I would like the opportunity to provide to you and the UKA, but I will leave that for another time.

Hopefully, this information will be helpful and I am available to assist you further upon request.

Sincerely,

Victor Conte
 
Jun 12, 2010
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Do you have a source for this letter Tyler?

Assuming its legit it reveals theres more benifit to Epo for short events, kilo, sprinters, team sprint and Keiren than I`d thought.
Ive certainly been suprised by the lack of track possitive over recent years and these details make me suspect mirco dosing of Epo re track might be quite going on much more than i`d have imagined.
 
Could someone offer a quick background to such a letter, and Chamber's request, be it serious or not? Thanks!
Indeed it would be huge if EPO were to be so helpful for shorter events.
 
May 20, 2010
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I thought what we had gleamed from Frei and Landis made it obvious how microdosing EPO could help sprinters. It allows you to train harder, every day without the fatigue you'd get without it.
 
Mar 4, 2010
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Just google "Victor Conte's letter to Dwain Chambers" for a source.

I suppose that EPO aids sprinters by speeding up recovery time between track repititions, thus allowing you to do more of them.

Another Conte quote on EPO: "What people fail to understand is that by increasing production of red blood cells you are transporting more oxygen to the muscles and you are also removing carbon dioxide, ammonia and lactic acid, all the byproducts of exercise. EPO is a recovery drug. It's a training drug."
 
Jun 12, 2010
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The info re steroids use from Conte in the boxing article draws my attention to those riders NOT competing at the Commenwealth Games prefering to focus on the European Championships in early November.
The time frame for being clear then but "prepairing" during the current and recent weeks looks at first glance to rule out competing in the games.

Perhaps I`m being overly suspicious , does any one else see this?
 
May 20, 2010
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Trying to peak twice in 8 weeks is either going to result you in performing well at one event but not the other, or completely missing them both and peaking in the middle of the two events. I think you are being overly suspicious indeed.
 
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The thing that shocked me was the revalation that the US authorities would reduce testing in the lead up to the olympics.I am suprised this has not generated more discussion
 
Mar 4, 2010
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Victor Conte: Marion Jones knew
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/8711013/23860946

Victor Conte on legalizing steroid use
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/8708507/23860932

Victor Conte: I showed Shane Mosley how to inject himself
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/8711009/23860958

Victor Conte: U.S. Olympics covered up positive drug tests
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/8711010/23860917

Victor Conte: Tactics athletes still use to cheat
http://sports.yahoo.com/video/player/news/Graham_Bensinger_InDepth/23860953#news/Graham_Bensinger_InDepth/23860953

Victor Conte on Usain Bolt and Jamaican sprinters
http://sports.yahoo.com/video/player/news/Graham_Bensinger_InDepth/23860957#news/Graham_Bensinger_InDepth/23860957

Victor Conte on PEDs in boxing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP1ViM8Qrn8
 
Apr 7, 2009
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Wow...seems like Conte has been spilling a lot of information regarding doping. Why has this guy been 'swept under the rug'? Seems he was willing to work with USADA and WADA but they didn't want any part of it. And the remarks about USADA backing off the testing prior to the Olympics is scary.

Just goes to show how far the corruption goes (IF THIS IS ALL TRUE). And if it is, then the other posts about CAS being on the UCI's 'Payroll' isn't so far fetched.

Seems like Testosterone is a major player in the doping scene and if so, why aren't more folks caught??? No wonder Floyd is ****ed!
 

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mwbyrd said:
Wow...seems like Conte has been spilling a lot of information regarding doping. Why has this guy been 'swept under the rug'? Seems he was willing to work with USADA and WADA but they didn't want any part of it. And the remarks about USADA backing off the testing prior to the Olympics is scary.

Just goes to show how far the corruption goes (IF THIS IS ALL TRUE). And if it is, then the other posts about CAS being on the UCI's 'Payroll' isn't so far fetched.

Seems like Testosterone is a major player in the doping scene and if so, why aren't more folks caught??? No wonder Floyd is ****ed!
You mean the other posts put up by yourself that has shown no (even circumstantial) evidence that CAS is on anyones payroll.

Conte does not make any comment on CAS - they are not on anyones payroll.

As for "why aren't more folks caught?" - Conte explains how tests are done (or not done) and how the athletes get around the controls.
 
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Tyler'sTwin said:
Victor Conte: Marion Jones knew
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/8711013/23860946

Victor Conte on legalizing steroid use
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/8708507/23860932

Victor Conte: I showed Shane Mosley how to inject himself
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/8711009/23860958

Victor Conte: U.S. Olympics covered up positive drug tests
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/8711010/23860917

Victor Conte: Tactics athletes still use to cheat
http://sports.yahoo.com/video/player/news/Graham_Bensinger_InDepth/23860953#news/Graham_Bensinger_InDepth/23860953

Victor Conte on Usain Bolt and Jamaican sprinters
http://sports.yahoo.com/video/player/news/Graham_Bensinger_InDepth/23860957#news/Graham_Bensinger_InDepth/23860957

Victor Conte on PEDs in boxing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP1ViM8Qrn8
What Conte says on Jamaica, that's common sense speaking.

btw. this slick, poker-faced interviewer. priceless.
 

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