Lauren Mulwitz of Marina del Rey, a member of the club Sisterhood of Cycling, has accepted a 6-month suspension for violating doping rules, authorities said Friday. She tested positive for pot.But having completed an anti-doping tutorial, her period of ineligibility was reduced by three months and is now set to expire Oct. 9.
Mulwitz, 35, had carboxy-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in her system, a metabolite of marijuana or hashish, said the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, based in Colorado Springs. The amount was above the “decision limit” of 180 nanograms per milliliter — as found in a sample collected June 7 at the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix.
Doping suspensions are common for men — with many found to be seeking an advantage. But drug suspensions of female cyclists are relatively rare — with only a dozen Americans in the past 15 years. (About 100 U.S. male cyclists have been sanctioned since 2001, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency database.)
Carboxy-THC is a substance in the class of cannabinoids, which are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union Anti-Doping Rules.
Mulwitz accepted a six-month period of ineligibility, which began July 9, 2015, the date she accepted a provisional suspension, USADA said in a news release.
But Mulwitz has been disqualified from her competitive results achieved at the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix on June 7, the date her sample was collected including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes. She took eighth out of 50, according to a cycling results site.
Before Mulwitz, the most recent USADA sanction involving a female cyclist was Madalyn Godby, 20, of Colorado, who tested positive for clenbuterol in February 2013.
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