Thursday, November 22, 2007

GS Mengoni's Bunde Busted for Alleged Doping

I like Jared Bunde, the 31 year old GS Mengoni Team racer who recently got busted for taking a non-allowed substance, Clomiphene.

I met him at a party last week, and he seems like a nice guy.

Last night, GS Mengoni put out a public statement on their website declaring that Bunde was tested positive, and regardless of how he got the substance into his body, Mengoni has a zero tolerance policy and he is off the team. Bunde said he must have ingested the drug--which is known in cycling circles to mask testosterone and is a women's fertility drug--through other supplements that he thought were safe, according to other cyclists who have heard him tell his story.

But after Jared was suspended from racing for two years by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for the substance on July 28, 2007 at the International Cycling Classic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, all the local northeast cycling world has been embroiled in a storm of controversy over it.

Jared's two-year ban began October 15, the day he accepted a provisional suspension, according to NY Velocity.

NY Velocity also reported that as a result of the suspension, Bunde has forfeited his wins since July 28, including his US National Track Championship 30-kilometer points race triumph August 28 at Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, and "his sixth-place overall finish and third-place points effort at the Vuelta a Nicaragua, which included a victory in stage five on September 8," said Andy Shen of NY Velocity.

But the boards at NY Velocity are raging with anger and controversy about the entire thing. For one, guys are pissed that they raced next to someone that they now think was doping. Others feel that because Bunde doped, now everyone will dope. One writer thinks that having a DWI is a worse offense, and yet no one seems up in arms about that.

And that is a good point, because so many more people are affected by drunk drivers than dopers, a point that one cyclist who preferred to not be id'd for this article accurately pointed out. Some 45,000 people a year are killed by cars, but you don't hear or read screaming outrage about that: maybe because it's become a fact of life.

Still, read what some people said about Bunde:
"Indeed, he may be a good person, but his positive test shows a certain level of disrespect for his competition, the sponsors, and the sport. I would have no problem riding him into the gutter during a race because of it," wrote U23.
Another anonymous poster wrote:
"He STOLE thousands of dollars of prize money and ROBBED others of the results they worked so hard and sacrificed so much for."
While it maybe be true that Bunde did use drugs that he shouldn't have, there is some question as to how many people are using drugs now--or at least use them for specific competitions who never get tested. All those people who lost to Bunde might also have been using drugs, but just didn't get tested because they didn't win.

Well, this is one moral dilemma we won't find a straight answer to in a day.

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