Track cyclist Carl Grove – aged 90 – fails doping test at US Masters Track National Championships

Track cyclist Carl Grove – aged 90 – fails doping test at US Masters Track National Championships

Positive doping tests for amateur cyclists are not unheard of. Indeed they have become all too common in recent years. But it is rare for the guilty party to be a 90-year-old. 

Cycling fans were raising a quizzical eyebrow after Carl Grove, a Masters champion from Bristol, Indiana, was handed a public warning by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after testing positive for epitrenbolone on July 11 last year. 

Grove, the oldest participant at the Masters Track National Championships, had set a world record in the men’s 90-94 sprint category.

He claimed that ingesting contaminated meat the evening before competing was “more likely than not” the reason for his positive, pointing out that he had provided a clean sample the day before. Usada dismissed his argument, stripping him of his record.

While investigating the source of his positive test, Usada also determined that a supplement Grove was using prior to July 11, 2018, was contaminated with clomiphene, another prohibited substance.

The sheer absurdity of a 90-year-old testing positive will amuse some. But it is sure to alarm others, providing further evidence of a potentially serious problem within the amateur levels of the sport where testing is far less stringent.

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