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The purpose of this page is to communicate GFNY’s support of WADA and to provide the necessary information to our athletes.

While GFNY is not a WADA Code signatory, we recognize the importance of clean competition, and have taken an unusually proactive stance in implementing an anti-doping program on behalf of clean athletes and the integrity of our sport, which includes adherence to the WADA Prohibited List.

In 2012, GFNY was the first amateur competition in the world to test athletes out-of- competition (OOC) in addition to the traditional in-competition (IC) testing. The more costly and more difficult OOC testing is widely recognized as the superior testing method.

GFNY 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.

GFNY 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 GFNY’s Anti-doping Policy aim to:

  • Promote GFNY 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 GFNY, receive an immediate lifetime ban for all GFNY events. Furthermore, GFNY 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 GFNY, the team can be held liable for this damage.

In 2012, two male riders in the top 10 tested positive for EPO on GFNY NYC race day.

In 2015, the first man across the finish line and the third woman across the finish line tested positive for testosterone.
In 2017, a rider was caught for EPO during out-of-competition testing. The rider reimbursed GFNY for the testing.
In 2019, two riders were caught for EPO during out-of-competition testing.
We see these results as a positive sign that our testing works. You can’t find cheaters unless you look for them.


Educational Information

GFNY anti-doping rules (clause 9)
Athlete Guide – an overview of general anti-doping information
Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)
WADA Prohibited List
World Anit-Doping Agency (WADA) Website
Global DRO Website


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