United States Anti Doping announced that 50 year-old Arizona amateur cyclist Matt McWhirter (Bicycle Haüs Racing – Camelback Bike Club) has received a 4-year suspension for using testosterone and violating World Anti Doping Agency code.
McWhirter, who won the Arizona State Road Championship at the ill-fated Bike the Bluff race on 19 June 2021, tested positive for an anabolic agent as the result of an in-competition drug test at the event. Results show his urine contained steroids of synthetic origin – specifically testosterone.
McWhirter’s short-lived State Championship victory was his first mass-start win in eight years according to RoadResults. In addition, he finish 13th at one of the oldest medio fondo races in the United States – El Tour de Tucson – in 2019.
McWhirter’s four-year competitive ban started 4 August 2021, and ends 4 August 2025. In addition, McWhirter has lost his Arizona State Championship title and been disqualified from all competitive results after 19 June 2021.
But it’s not all bad news for McWhirter’s Bicycle Haüs Racing team, teammate Tony Rice finished second at the Arizona State Championship and is now the new State Champion.