QUOTE(ZigZagged @ Jul 3 2008, 03:14 PM)
...How would you know whether or not it levels the playing field, btw? ....
Perhaps I secretly wish I could offer myself as a guinea pig!
There is tons of material on DPF about this. For one thing, there are high responders and non responders.
For another, you can adjust training to match or enhance response.
For yet another, it is intuitively obvious that more money will buy you a better tailored program with more access to more doping agents and more sophisticated roostertails with more sophisticated anti-doping counter-measures.
Finally, there may even be race strategy tailoring to doping products. If you expect strategy A, then you follow doping procedure A1. If you expect B, then B1. This would be analogous to what cassette you throw on. How many track guys quickly change gearing when they look at what their competition is riding?
There are also in-race enhancements. I know from eyewitnesses that goodie pills were being passed out from team cars in large races as recently as two years ago.
To suggest it is as simple as popping the same red pill as everyone else is clearly an oversimplification. Pharmacology is quite a science.
Edit to add:
Roostertails -- that language adjustment always makes me laugh.
This post has been edited by D-Queued: 03 July 2008 - 10:39 PM