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Pat McQuaid
Pat McQuaid (right) with Johan Bruyneelduring the 2006 Tour of California.
Pat McQuaid (right) with Johan Bruyneel
during the 2006 Tour of California.
Personal information
Full name Patrick McQuaid
Date of birth 5 September 1949 (1949-09-05) (age 60)
Country  Ireland
Team information
Current team President of UCI
Discipline Road
Professional team(s)1
1978–1979 Viking–Campagnolo
Major wins
MaillotIrlanda.PNG Road Race Champion 1974
Tour of Ireland 1975 & 1976
Tour of the Pennines 1978
Infobox last updated on:
3 November 2009

1 Team names given are those prevailing
at time of rider beginning association with that team.

Patrick "Pat" McQuaid (born 5 September 1949 in Dublin) is a former Irish professional road racing cyclist and current president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

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Background

McQuaid comes from a cycling family, with his father Jim and uncle Paddy being top cyclists. His brothers Kieron and Paul Oliver and Darach as well as his cousin John McQuaid represented Ireland in world road championships and the Olympic road race.

Cycling career

McQuaid raced from 1966 to 1982, starting as a junior and then nationally and internationally as a senior. He was Irish national road champion in 1974 and won the Tour of Ireland in 1975 and 1976. He also won the Shay Elliott Memorial Race. At the end of his career, he rode for the Viking Cycles pro team in Britain.

McQuaid was racing when Seán Kelly started to become successful. The two were on national teams together during the seventies. Both were banned from the 1976 Olympics after racing in South Africa during a sporting boycott.[1]

Cycling administraton

After his career, McQuaid worked as a teacher but stayed involved in cycling. He was national team director from 1983 to 1986. He has also been director of the Tour of Langkawi in Malaysia, the Tour of China, and the Tour of Philippines. He was president of the Irish Cycling Federation from 1996 to 1999. McQuaid served eight years as the UCI road commission chairman.[2] Since 2006 he has been President of the UCI.[3]

In July 2007, during the Tour de France, a struggle pitted McQuaid against the Tour's organizers, Amaury Sport Organisation. Among tactics was McQuaid's publicizing a telephone call with the Tour’s race director, then demanding an apology for the conversation.[4] In addition, before and during the 2007 UCI Road World Championships in Stuttgart, McQuaid had a feud with Stuttgart's minister of sports, Susanne Eisenmann. She wanted to ban Paolo Bettini because he refused the UCI anti-doping pledge, a plan which backfired.[5] The German broadsheet Süddeutsche Zeitung accused McQuaid of flip-flopping on doping, on one hand maintaining that "there is no doping case of Michael Rasmussen" and defending Bettini, on the other stating he wanted to fine Patrik Sinkewitz and Alexandre Vinokourov.[6] Spiegel magazine doubted McQuaid commitment against doping.[7]

Awards

In March 2008, McQuaid was promoted to Commander in the Order of the Ivory Coast Sporting Merit.

References

  1. ^ "An interview with Pat McQuaid by Shane Stokes". Cyclingnews. http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/riders/2005/interviews/?id=pat_mcquaid05a. Retrieved 16 April 2007.  
  2. ^ "UCI president McQuaid: Globalizing the sport - Part 2". Velonews. http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/9310.0.html. Retrieved 27 January 2007.  
  3. ^ "The McQuaid family's involvement in Irish cycling". Celtictrials. http://www.celtictrails.com/html/ct_about.shtml. Retrieved 9 July 2007.  
  4. ^ Pugmire, Jerome (23 July 2007). "Cycling chief McQuaid demands apology from Tour director Prudhomme". Associated Press. http://sports.yahoo.com/sc/news;_ylt=AhibtK2xPTFb3X72OyDTjgp.grcF?slug=ap-tourdefrance-mcquaid&prov=ap&type=lgns. Retrieved 23 July 2007.  
  5. ^ Bettini cleared to race
  6. ^ Radsport beerdigt sich, sueddeutsche.de. "McQuaid [said]: "Es gibt keinen Dopingfall Rasmussen.‘‘ ... Amüsant mutet es wiederum an, dass McQuaid ankündigte, die UCI werde sich nun von Dopingsündern wie Winokurow oder Sinkewitz Geld zurückholen, da dies ja per Ehrenerklärung abgemacht sei. Doch hat nicht McQuaid in Stuttgart die Erklärung im Falle des renitenten Weltmeisters Bettini "juristisch nicht bindend‘‘genannt?" -- relevant passages translated : McQuaid said "The is no doping case against Rasmussen." However it is amusing to see that McQuaid was said to demand money from doped athletes Vinkourov and Sinkewitz, because they are bound by a promise (the UCI anti doping pledge); however, he called the same pledge "legally not binding" with Bettini.
  7. ^ Die WM der Amateure, spiegel.de; "UCI-Präsident McQuaid, ... ist eine Witzfigur, ein Grüßaugust, der sich freut, wenn er den Fahrern vor einem Rennen die Hand schütteln darf und ihnen danach die Medaillen umhängt. ... ist eine Witzfigur... Im Kampf gegen Doping gehen dem Iren jegliches Durchsetzungsvermögen und vermutlich auch der rechte Wille ab." - "UCI president McQuaid... is a laughing stock who is happy to shake athletes' hands and give them medals ... in the fight against doping he is lacking assertiveness and the will to change things."
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