Two Texas masters snared by RaceClean anti-doping program
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) increased testing of masters amateur cyclists continues to produce results. This week, USADA announced that Kimberly Ciolli of Austin, Texas, and Robert Baatz of Lewisville, Texas accepted sanctions for failed anti-doping tests.
As of July, USA Cycling said that 113 tests have been conducted in the amateur ranks, compared to 45 tests for all of 2015.
Baatz was caught by an in-competition test at Tour of Corsicana in Corsicana, Texas, March 12. His sample showed the presence of anabolic steroids, and the 48-year-old winner of the men’s 40+ overall in Corsicana has accepted a two-year ban. Ciolli also tested positive for anabolic steroids, as well as the stimulant proplyhexedrine at Tulsa Tough after winning the women’s masters 40+ race on June 11. Ciolli argued that the failed test was the result of a prescription medication and an over-the-counter product, taken under the guidance of a physician. USADA accepted the explanation, but without a TUE, Ciolli accepted the two-year ban.