The AMA National series is coming to your town this summer, and you are eager to put that brand-new AMA Pro license to use. But, do you know that your AMA Pro racing career could end before it even starts if you are the lucky random winner of
a free WADA/USADA drug test? You say that you aren’t worried because you have never
taken a performance-enhancing drug in your life. You are clean. Clean as a whistle.
Or are you? Have you ever woken up on the morning of a race with a bad cold and
pulled a few Sudafed tablets out of the medicine cabinet to clear your head. Or maybe you
used a nasal spray to clear your stuffy nose. Well, if that’s you, you could fail the AMA-mandated drug test and be banned from racing for up to two years.
THE RULES APPLY TO ALL
(EVEN AMATEUR) RACERS
Very few AMA Pros or potential AMA Pros realize
that they can be drug tested at any AMA National or
Supercross. This is a good thing for the sport, even if it
was a bad thing for James Stewart. You need to be a lot
more diligent than Bubba was, because they can call your
number at any race—and if they do, you don’t want to
trigger a positive doping test.
Just because you hate dopers and would never dream of
taking EPO or anything of the sort doesn’t mean that you’re
necessarily a clean athlete in the eyes of the
doping police. The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA)
list of prohibited substances and methods goes on for 10
full pages—that’s a lot of stuff that could get you in trouble!
Most of the items on the list are hard to pronounce, and
there’s no list of what products they’re found in.
The MXA wrecking crew wants to help
you navigate through your medicine
cabinet to stop you from becoming
the headline news.