Gran Fondo is opposed to the practice of doping in sport, on ethical and medical grounds, and fully supports the position of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the use of banned substances and methods.
The use, possession and/or trafficking of banned substances, methods, or the encouragement or counseling to use banned substances, or methods, and/or taking measures to mask the use of banned substances, or methods by any participant in competitions is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Gran Fondo has adopted WADA’s anti-doping policies and procedures in order to ensure a clean, healthy and fair sporting atmosphere for all athletes.
The rules and regulations of Gran Fondo’s Anti-doping Policy aim to:
- Promote Gran Fondo as a drug-free event;
- Uphold and preserve the ethics of sport;
- Ensure that all athletes have an opportunity to compete equally;
- Safeguard the physical health and mental integrity of the athletes;
- Encourage Affiliate Federations to execute similar regulations with their athletes.
Athletes who test positive at Gran Fondo, receive an immediate lifetime ban for all Gran Fondo events. Furthermore, Gran Fondo reserves the right to ask the doper for any damages to its reputation that are a consequence of his/her positive doping control. If the rider is part of a team participating at Gran Fondo, the team can be held liable for this damage.
We see these results as a positive sign that our testing works. You can’t find cheaters unless you look for them.
The purpose of this page is to communicate Gran Fondo’s support of WADA and to provide the necessary information to our athletes.