Press round-up

A few interesting articles have popped up in the last month. This one in The Conversation is particularly good and features this paragraph:

“More and more, amateur competitors are prepared to spend thousands of pounds on equipment, invest 10-15 hours a week training, spend their holidays on training camps, and pay for personal coaches. It’s no great leap to seeing doping as just another opportunity for improvement. They may not be doing it for money – it seems pride and social status, and perhaps even just curiosity – are motivating principles. The paradoxical twist here is that if testing does get ramped up, then the open secret will disappear into the shadows, increasing the health risks as it goes.”

303 Cycling highlights the problems of doping in amateur cycling, while this article tries to go inside the mind of a doper.