The sports world has been gravely tarnished with PED use, especially with such high profile cases as fallen cycling star "Hot Pants" Lance Armstrong, Olympic Champions and even the Kenyans! What, the Kenyans!? What is this world coming to when the Kenyans are doping--the sweet, soft-spoken, frail little Kenyans???
Since Team Colorado is a huge proponent of drug testing, we are happy and welcome this new policy. As Simon Gutierrez stated, "It's good for the sport because it keeps the playing field nice and level."
It doesn't keep the terrain of the course nice and level, just the competition!
|Three-time winner of the Pikes Peak Ascent, Gutierrez, takes the race out fast in 2012 with fellow TC member Rickey Gates off of his left shoulder (Gates placed 2nd in 2012) photo: PikesPeakSports.us|
|Gute's juice |
photo: MEDA Consumer Healthcare
There is also the Old Spice, he swears by Old Spice.
Mountain runners are a tightly-knit group of like-minded people and are involved in the sport mainly to be out in the mountains and on the trails, to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors, to pee freely when nature calls. "Bring on the testing!!!" Peter Maksimow, who will be running the Pikes Peak Marathon, states, "I can't wait to pee in a cup! Peeing in a cup is a sign of success because that means you have placed high enough to get tested. I would be honored to pee in a cup...I'm just worried that I will be so dehydrated after the marathon that I will have to sit for hours while they force feed me water. Hell, I would even be willing to give a stool sample if they want that!"
|Maksimow disguises himself by shaving his facial hair photo: Christian Murdock/The Gazette|
Team Colorado member and the 2010 Ascent Champion, Glenn Randall, ran one of the fastest ever debut Ascents, clocking a 2:09:28, stated, "In skiing, I won an NCAA Team Championship, won an individual NCAA Championship, and was top 3 a few times at US Nationals. I was not tested for any of these races. When I won Pikes a few years ago, I was tested. I did not realize that testing was as rare in mountain running as the articles made it out to be, but the fact that Pikes is now testing every year almost makes me want to change around my race schedule to fit it in again."
|Randall "Randaling" the field only a half mile into the 2010 Ascent photo: Christian Murdock/The Gazette|
|....to finish photo: Christian Murdock/The Gazette|
True, you need balls to be ballsy!
There has been some question around how Axel Nichols has such nice hair. What is he using? "My hair always looks this beautiful," Nichols states. "I don't have to take anything for it...there is no secret to it. I just do a lot of hard training and the sun's rays keep it nice and blond."
|"My hair always looks this beautiful" states Nichols, en route to a 2nd place finish in the 2012 Pikes Peak Marathon photo: PikesPeakSports.us|
Multiple-time top-3 finisher, Rickey Gates, uses a tonic to grow his mustache, but "it's all natural spirits, man!" he claims. "Drugs are bad, mmmkay."
You are such a hippie, Rickey!
|Gates bringing sexy back to facial hair photo: Scott Markewitz|
Team member and 2-time veteran of the Ascent, John Tribbia, says "I support drug testing in the sport, especially in races that offer prize money. It will be enlightening to see how this changes (or doesn't change) the make-up of competitive fields. My hope is the people we race against are clean. I just hope there is a test for helium composition in the blood stream and helium in shoes."
Tribbia laments, "Would white compression socks be considered doping? I hope not, because I wore those once."
As long as the white compression socks do not contain helium,Tribbia (#65) is happy
Tommy Manning has no tolerance for doping. "There's no money in mountain running so nobody has the need for PEDs. If somebody wants to take PEDs to be a big fish in a little pond and then die young, go ahead."
Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent Results
PikesPeakSports.us write up
RunColo.com write up