The United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) has banned 26 year-old amateur cyclist Sidney Andrew after she returned a positive in-competition drug test for a banned derivative of methylhexanamine.
Andrew, who is a 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Champion and familiar with anti-doping rules, caught the attention of USADA after she won all three stages and the overall women’s amateur general classification at the 2022 Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas last May. The race is one of the most prestigious amateur events in the USA, which she won by over 15 minutes while riding for the Blackswift Cycleton team.
Methylhexanamine is a prohibited stimulant derived from natural geranium oil, extract, stems and leaves that is commonly used in widely available over-the-counter dietary supplements. This is not the first time an amateur has been banned after testing positive for the substance.
During a USADA investigation and subsequent anti-doping hearing Andrew’s positive test was determined to be the result of using a dietary supplement. Detailed analysis by a World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) lab discovered the supplement contained 5-methylhexan-2-amine, a derivative of methylhexanamine that was not listed on the product Supplement Facts label. The supplement has since been added to the USADA List of High Risk Substances.
Nonetheless, USADA and WADA apply a Strict Liability – Ignorance Is No Excuse policy to all doping violations, which states: 1) An anti-doping rule violation occurs whenever a prohibited substance is found in an athlete’s bodily specimen. 2) The violation occurs whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.
Andrew’s 12-month competitive ban runs from 21 June 2022 until 21 June 2023, in addition she is disqualified from results obtained on and subsequent to 21 May 2022, the date her anti-doping sample was collected, including being stripped of her Joe Martin Stage Race Champion title.
Photos: Joe Martin Stage Race