Alex Simmons

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  1. I'm not sure why either.
  2. It was less about any individual and more about the general ill conceived notion of looking at random still photos and deciding whether it's a good position for someone or not and/or making recommendations on changes on basis of a still image. IMO/IME photos tend mask a lot of positional things and make some things appear to be that really aren't the case. IMO unless you are looking at and/or capturing data on someone actually pedalling on their bike under load, it's not overly helpful for assessing position.
  3. Do people not consider professional bike fits? With someone that knows what they are doing and works with you over time to adjust as you change? Having a well fitted bike is the most important thing you can do for your cycling.
  4. Some "recreational" drugs are only prohibited in-competition. Always better to read the WADA list as published by WADA.
  5. Because i. many substances and methods are prohibited since they can mask the use of other prohibited substances and ii. being ergogenic is not a necessary requirement for a substance to be prohibited. Read the WADA code to understand why. It's very clear. Neither alcohol nor marijuana would result in a ban in such situations because i. alcohol is not prohibited and ii. marijuana is only prohibited in-competition. There are some sports where discovery of these drugs in-competition would result in sanction, e.g. motor sports - and these are sport specific exceptions. Do not confuse legality with doping - they are different issues. I use this Venn diagram to help explain the difference:
  6. Which drug? You just mentioned "recreational", which is hardly specific. Alcohol is a recreational drug, as is cocaine, marijuana, MDMA and so on. All have quite different effects on athletic performance and each is treated by the WADA code on the basis of the criteria outlined in the code. And if it falls in the prohibited list, then there are also those that are prohibited at all times while others are only prohibited in-competition (e.g. cannabis). Again, if people ever actually read the WADA code then all of these questions would never arise, because it's all covered in there. In essence, the ergogenic capacity of a given drug or method is not per se the only reason it may be prohibited by WADA. If you don't get why, then read the WADA code. It's not some willy nilly nonsense made up on the spot - it's the result of years of careful assessment, well considered information, research analysis and advice by specialists in the field and incorporated into a code adopted by almost all nations of the world, all Olympic sports and many others sports on top. As for whether a recreational drug is also on the prohibited list depends on whether it's been assessed that it should be based on the criteria that are well explained in the WADA code. Don't confuse illegal/legal with WADA prohibited/not prohibited.
  7. Once again I suggest people read the WADA code.
  8. WADA's only concern is whether the drug is (or should be) on the prohibited list.
  9. Only if you get caught. The chances of being caught are very small, so small that the risk : reward ratio is too low to act as a sufficient deterrent. Put another way, execution hasn't put a dent in murder rates.
  10. Increasing the sanction isn't the answer. Increasing the chance of being caught is. Current sanctions would be very effective if the chance of being caught was high enough. Presently the chance of being caught is far too low.
  11. It is your responsibility as a member to know about the anti doping policy and processes. In such an instance there will be a specific process the anti doping authority must follow, and assuming they are doing so, then yes you must submit to the test, and refusal to do so will be considered and ADRV as per Section 2.3 of the WADA code.
  12. As others have pointed out, a missed test is only a reference to a missed whereabouts or an incorrect whereabouts statement for those athletes in the ADAMS system. It's not a refusal to test. A refusal to test is an anti-doping rule violation that carries the same sanction as if you tested positive. Actually it's probably worse because with a doping positive there are often mitigating circumstances that can see a reduction in sanction. If you are a member of any organisation that is a signatory to the WADA code, which includes Triathlon Australian and Ironman, the you are subject to testing at all times as required for the sport's WADA code compliance. For TA members this is explained in TA Anti Doping Policy Section 5.2 Authority to conduct Testing. When you join TA you agree to accept these licence conditions, amongst many others. Same applies to athletics, Cycling Australia and so on.
  13. I only worry when they come from the right. Not much to bite on the left!
  14. Sports betting will be the root of bigger scandal in the years ahead in the manner doping has been.
  15. Reminds me of this: