Anti-doping, like sport is governed by rules. As a member of a British Cycling, these anti-doping rules apply to you too regardless of what level you compete at.
The 2015 code increased the number of Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs), and places a greater emphasis on both Athlete Support Personnel (ASP) such as coaches and sports medics, and the relevance of anti-doping education. It is important that you understand the 2015 code and its implications.
According to the 2015 code those who choose to deliberately cheat and then return a positive test will face a four-year ban from all sport as the minimum sanction for the first offence.
However, the 2015 code also has less sympathy for carelessness. The penalty for inadvertent doping is likely to be a two-year ban or more.
Remember that it is not just a positive test by a rider that is an ADRV, there are ten ways to break the rules.
You need to make sure you have the required level of anti-doping knowledge to protect yourself and help those around you to train and compete clean. This emphasises the need for you to be familiar with the Race Clean information on the anti-doping webpage.