Didn't realize doping was illegal amongst amateurs. Why waste the money testing amateurs. Rather test a pro instead.
Perhaps the biggest problem of doping in cycling is the fact that it's also often used in it's amateur ranks.
There are two ways into professional cycling:
- Via the junior/u23 etc. ranks. Talented, younger aged riders that go through the whole process from their early years and end up being pro.
- Via the amateur ranks. Talented, hard working, older aged riders that get discovered and picked up by a team later in their life.
Riders who come from the one root of cycling and go through the whole proces of being a junior/u23 to a professional obviously get checked numerous times in their career and now in modern times are discouraged to use doping products.
Riders who come from the other root of cycling dont, and even worse, some people dont even care about it...
Here in Belgium amateur cycling/races are pretty big and riders get checked regularly. Some use, get busted and serve two or one year suspensions. Like it should be and just like in professional cycling.
All ranks, amateur or professional, are connected with each other in this sport!
Edit: In most country's the use of doping products itself is not illegal (Only in France) but entering races or competitive events with doping is.