Well, do YOU take drugs for your cycling then?

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Well, do YOU take drugs for your cycling then?

Postby horizon » 8 Mar 2018, 10:54pm

I'm just stirring things up here :D but I would like to know what people think:

I've heard of people taking Ibuprofen to get them through a cycle ride, inhalers to get up hills or caffeine pills to complete an Audax. I see this as bad if not worse than what our esteemed Olympians are accused of. How extensive is drug taking in everyday cycling? What are your views on this?
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Re: Well, do YOU take drugs for your cycling then?

Postby Mike Sales » 8 Mar 2018, 11:06pm

horizon wrote:I'm just stirring things up here :D but I would like to know what people think:

I've heard of people taking Ibuprofen to get them through a cycle ride, inhalers to get up hills or caffeine pills to complete an Audax. I see this as bad if not worse than what our esteemed Olympians are accused of. How extensive is drug taking in everyday cycling? What are your views on this?


I really cannot see your point.
I am on my second hip replacement. I often take Ibuprofen because cycling makes it ache. Should I get a therapeutic use exemption? If you are not using a medicine to gain an undeclared advantage in competition, then nobody is being cheated. It is about as reprehensible as cheating at patience.

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Postby horizon » 8 Mar 2018, 11:15pm

Mike Sales wrote: Should I get a therapeutic use exemption?


I think you've got one and fair enough (amazing that you are still cycling BTW).

If you are not using a medicine to gain an undeclared advantage in competition, then nobody is being cheated.


I'm not sure that medicinal drugs should be used by healthy people to enable them to push their cycling (they are cheating themselves perhaps). But I am after views here - I have stated my position just for clarity but I am sure there is more to it.
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Postby Bmd » 8 Mar 2018, 11:18pm

I quite enjoy a medicinal beer on a touring ride!

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Postby mjr » 8 Mar 2018, 11:58pm

I think it's rife in amateur sport now and there's more chance of seeing the second coming than a drug tester at an evening ten or park crit.
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Re: Well, do YOU take drugs for your cycling then?

Postby brynpoeth » 9 Mar 2018, 8:15am

horizon wrote:
Mike Sales wrote: Should I get a therapeutic use exemption?


I think you've got one and fair enough (amazing that you are still cycling BTW).

If you are not using a medicine to gain an undeclared advantage in competition, then nobody is being cheated.


I'm not sure that medicinal drugs should be used by healthy people to enable them to push their cycling
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I am sure they should not
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Postby Mike Sales » 9 Mar 2018, 8:47am

horizon wrote:
Mike Sales wrote: Should I get a therapeutic use exemption?


I think you've got one and fair enough (amazing that you are still cycling BTW).



Not really amazing; it is the cycling which does me so much good. Dr. Bike again. Or perhaps Physiotherapist Bike.

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Postby brynpoeth » 9 Mar 2018, 8:54am

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Postby softlips » 9 Mar 2018, 9:17am

I drink more coffee before club rides.

I try not to take ibruprofen at all these days, particularly if I know I’m going to be riding. There’s growing evidence of negative cardiac side effects. I’m back to paracetamol if I need an analgesic.

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Postby pjclinch » 9 Mar 2018, 9:41am

horizon wrote:I'm just stirring things up here :D but I would like to know what people think:

I've heard of people taking Ibuprofen to get them through a cycle ride, inhalers to get up hills or caffeine pills to complete an Audax. I see this as bad if not worse than what our esteemed Olympians are accused of. How extensive is drug taking in everyday cycling? What are your views on this?


It depends who I'm competing against. If I'm taking a measure fully agreed by all in the competition as okay then it's okay. Given I don't do sport riding and thus the only person I'm competing against is myself, that measure of agreement is remarkably easy to come by!

(Drugs I take are caffeine (in coffee form) and Fisherman's Friends)

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Postby djnotts » 9 Mar 2018, 6:29pm

I use my COPD Inhalers whether I cycle or not. I always consume dangerously high amounts of espressos. And cakes. Before I became a recovering alcoholic I often took a 1/4 bottle of gin in the saddle pack - I don't think it improved my performance. Seeing as I do not compete with anyone, matters to no one.

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Postby cycleruk » 9 Mar 2018, 8:16pm

No.
I take Ibuprofen if I pull a muscle.
Paracetamol. Anadin, Aspirin for other aches and pains.
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Re: Well, do YOU take drugs for your cycling then?

Postby ScottishGeek » 9 Mar 2018, 8:40pm

Before particularly cold commutes I’m not averse to taking a puff on an inhaler to stave off the potential difficulties I have breathing at the top of the mid-ride ‘bump’. It get used so infrequently that I usually have difficulty finding where it is!

Do I use it as a performance advantage to get to work? Like heck I do :lol:

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Postby Cunobelin » 10 Mar 2018, 11:39am

To me it comes back to the "moral issue"

Using a painkiller as ...... a painkiller is hardly unethical.

There are dozens of medicines that I can use legitimately for the correct medical purposes that have been abused by professionals.

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Postby brynpoeth » 10 Mar 2018, 11:52am

Cunobelin wrote:To me it comes back to the "moral issue"

Using a painkiller as ...... a painkiller is hardly unethical.

There are dozens of medicines that I can use legitimately for the correct medical purposes that have been abused by professionals.

When do two (or dozens) of rights make a wrong?
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