21 Mar 2014

No sleeping pill cocktails for New Zealand cyclists?

12:43 pm on 21 March 2014

Bike New Zealand doesn't believe any of its cyclists have ever mixed sleeping pills with alcohol and energy drinks and says it has a no tolerance policy to prescription drugs.

Radio New Zealand on Thursday revealed that All Blacks Cory Jane and Israel Dagg's infamous night out during the 2011 Rugby World Cup was fuelled by sleeping pill cocktails - the question now: how many other sports has the legal yet dangerous practice infiltrated?

Bike New Zealand high performance manager Mark Elliot says considering cycling's history of illegal doping, stringent policies were put in place to prevent the abuse of prescription drugs more than two years ago.

Elliott says to his knowledge there have been no cases of Bike New Zealand cyclists experimenting with the sleeping pill cocktails and he considers it a non-issue.