American cyclist Jackson ‘Huntley’ Nash has been banned for life from cycling after a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) investigation found evidence of multiple anti-doping rule violations.
In a report (opens in a new tab) released Wednesday evening, USADA said the investigation began after receiving information from a whistleblower last December.
“This is yet another case that demonstrates the power of investigations in the common fight to protect sport and the rights of athletes,” USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said in a statement.
“As always, we will thoroughly investigate and act on evidence of doping violations, and greatly appreciate the assistance of those who come forward on behalf of clean sport.”
The anti-doping offenses revealed by the investigation are numerous:
– Use or attempted use of banned substances including testosterone, clenbuterol, oxandrolone and anastrozole
– Tampering or attempting to tamper with any part of doping control by interfering with USADA’s investigation
– Possession of banned substances including testosterone, clenbuterol, oxandrolone and anastrozole
– Trafficking or Attempted Trafficking of Prohibited Substances Clenbuterol and Oxandrolone to another Athlete
– Administration or attempted administration of prohibited substances human growth hormone, clenbuterol and oxandrolone to another athlete
– Complicity or attempted complicity in inciting another athlete to consume prohibited substances
– Retaliation by filing a baseless motion for an order of protection against an individual based in part on the individual’s report to USADA of Nash’s anti-doping rule violations
Nash has raced professionally in the United States for the past few years and competed in several races in 2021. His last major race was in August 2021, the Spartanburg Criterium. The best finish he achieved last year was sixth at the Miami Prix Criterium Series Men Cat 1/2/3 division in April 2021.
The lifetime ban began on June 30, 2022, the date his provisional suspension took effect. Additionally, he was stripped of any results as of December 15, 2021, when evidence was collected of his possession of banned substances.
The case is linked to New Zealand cyclist Olivia Ray, who was reportedly in a relationship with Nash. Cycling tips reported (opens in a new tab) This evidence related to the case came to light during a domestic violence hearing in Superior Court in Gwinnett County, Georgia in January of this year. Domestic violence allegations have been made against Nash, who denies any abuse.
Last month, the NZ Herald (opens in a new tab) reported that Ray, who raced in the United States last year for Rally Cycling and is the current New Zealand road racing champion, revealed in an interview that she had taken performance-enhancing substances.
She is currently awaiting the outcome of a USADA investigation into her, which could mean up to a four-year ban. Ray was released by her Human Powered Health team in March following alleged code of conduct violations.