According to CyclingNews.com, Team RideClean is looking to demonstrate that elite level athletes can compete at higher levels without the use of performance-enhancing drugs. This is a national organization that is looking to "clean up" sports competitions and send a clear message to athletes that there is a better way to compete.
In the piece at CyclingNews, Team RideClean steps up to Continental level in 2011, co-founders Doug and Tanja Loveday state:
"RideClean demonstrates a positive path for athletes to successfully develop and compete at an elite level without the use of performance- enhancing drugs. The example of 'clean sport' affects future generations, thus imparting the legacy of ethical competition. That's why there has always been a youth component to RideClean. We see that people gravitate to the RideClean concept worldwide. It starts one athlete at a time: RideClean and the rest will follow."
As difficult as this task might seem, RideClean is bent on promoting higher ethical standards in sports (they even offer educational outreach programs to help in this endeavor), and with a stable of elite level cyclists to support their cause, let's hope they are successful in their task. The integrity of honest, fair, and competitive sport, in addition to keeping the "human element" intact, is truly what's at stake.
They certainly have my vote!!!