It was announced yesterday that Juan Pablo Dotti, AeroCat, was suspended for testing positive at Tulsa Tough this year. I’m getting pretty sick of all these drug positives and was kind of hoping I could avoid writing about it here so much. But, this is different. Again.
I got an email from Rick Paulos, the promoter of Rock Island, forwarding me the article from Cyclingnews.com. I emailed Rick back and told him that it didn’t surprise me. Actually, I was surprised. I was surprised that he was caught. I’ve posted here that it is pretty easy to tell when someone is super-charged racing. This guy was so obvious.
I was in the Tulsa Tough race he tested positive at. But, the race he popped on my list was the Rock Island Criterium over Memorial Day Weekend. I was in the break with him and some other guys on his team. It was a big break, around 15 and it kept splitting up. I was the only guy from TradeWind Energy there, so it was not a good situation for us. But the way that Dotti was riding that day was unreal. I was trying to mark everything, so I eventually got dropped out of the break. A pretty embarrassing day for me, but I usually race to win races and that is how I attempted to do it that day. I remember coming back into the field and saying to Josh Carter, Dotti’s team mate at the time, and a friend of mine, “your guys are on drugs, for sure.” I would not have said that if I wasn’t positive that was the case. And it was the case, obviously.
So, two of the most important Midwestern race weekends, Memorial Day in Iowa, which is 4 races, and Dotti won two (plus 3rd in Snake Alley), and Tulsa Tough, which is a NRC race and he finished 2nd the hardest day, on a pit bike, were ruined because this guy was there. You can’t redo the races and he changed them dramatically.
I’ve often wondered if someone actually makes these guys pay back their prize money like they’re supposed to. What to put bets on it? I bet not. And the money isn’t the issue really. But, these guys will never understand that, along with lots of other things. It’s so sad.
Here’s the Velonews article on it, but I wouldn’t bother. They call the guy from Georgia.