Brandt-Sorenson Accepts Doping Sanction, Marcotte Now National Champion

USADA announced today that Nick Brandt-Sorenson of Los Angeles, a masters rider who also competed in Category 1 races, has accepted a two-year suspension for an anti-doping rule violation.
Brandt-Sorenson, 32, tested positive for Efaproxiral, which artificially enhances delivery of oxygen to the tissues, as the result of a sample collected at the Masters Road Nationals in Bend, Ore. Efaproxiral is prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union (UCI) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code.

Brandt-Sorenson accepted a two-year period of ineligibility, which began on September 4, 2011, the day his sample was collected. As a result of the sanction, Brandt-Sorenson is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on or subsequent to August 31, 2011, the date the Masters Road Nationals event began, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

Results from the 2011 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships have been revised for the men’s 30-34 road race and criterium and medals will be awarded accordingly. The revised results are as follows:

USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships 30-34 Men’s Road Race
1. Eric Marcotte (Scottsdale, AZ)
2. Joshua Carling (Rancho Cordova, CA/Delta Velo-Michael David Winery Cycling Team)
3. Mathew Davis (Shreveport, LA/Team LaS’port)
4. Galen Mittermann (Milwaukie, OR)
5. Scott Gray (Bend, OR/Team Oregon p/b Laurelwood Brewing Company)

USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships 30-34 Men’s Criterium
1. Eric Marcotte (Scottsdale, AZ)
2. Mathew Davis (Shreveport, LA/Team LaS’port)
3. Andrew Crater (Asheville, NC/AeroCat Cycling)
4. Stephen Bedford (Beaverton, OR/Team Oregon p/b Laurelwood Brewing Company)
5. Olivier Humbert (Seattle, WA/Thumbprint Racing/FareStart p/b Cobalt Mortgage)

Sorenson’s sanction follows on the footsteps of Southern California’s Josh Webster who was sanctioned on July15, 2011 for two years after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine & Phenpromethamine.

In an effort to aid athletes, as well as all support team members such as parents and coaches, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (, conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference documentation.

USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

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