Plan C, the McQuaid re-election saga
Last Post 08/25/2013 10:09 PM by pa biker. 27 Replies.
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79pmooney

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07/30/2013 01:16 AM
Pat McQuaid has lost the backing of his native Ireland and will see in a few weeks whether he loses the backing of his adopted home country, Switzerland.  But now Malaysia has proposed rewriting the rules to allow any two countries to back a candidate, no residency required.  This rule change would be retroactive.  Two countries, Thailand and Morocco, have stepped up and said they would back him.

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15115/Malaysian-federation-proposes-unprecedented-rule-change-which-could-assist-McQuaid-overcome-hurdle-to-re-election.aspx

This sounds so UCI/McQuaid.  I'll venture to guess this rule change will pass, irregularities in the vote will be challenged, but that McQuaid will be re-elected before any challenge can be heard in court.  I will also surmise that as I write this, his cronies are working on Plan D in case this one, Plan C, fails.

And, yes, you perceived correctly if you detected cynicism here.

Ben
stronz

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07/30/2013 05:43 AM
Forgive me for being ignorant of the "rules" of the uci, but doesn't his election still require an old fashioned vote? so being "backed" by a country is merely a step to getting on the ballot?

Jeez if it requires a rule change just to get this douche on the ballot maybe we need some other rule changes - like term limits?
THE SKINNY

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07/30/2013 08:26 AM
you'd think he's running for president of russia.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Entheo

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07/30/2013 08:46 AM
don't the UCI board members see what a laughingstock he makes out of their organization? everyone else see it.
pikeHillRoad

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07/30/2013 08:58 AM
Yeah, crazy.

@stronz - I look at it as he cannot win the primary, so he wants new rules to be on the ballot?

Cycling has become more global under him, but maybe that is due to the intertrons more than the UCI?
longslowdistance

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07/30/2013 09:06 AM
Becoming almost as corrupt as the IOC, but can't hold a candle to FIFA.
ChinookPass

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07/30/2013 09:19 AM
Go ahead, make my day.
Cosmic Kid

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07/30/2013 09:45 AM
“I want to tell the world of cycling to please join me in telling Pat McQuaid to f##k off and resign." - Greg Lemond
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Hoshie

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07/30/2013 07:22 PM
This guy is shameless, and a fighter to the end.

He will be gone though, the tide with the latest Tour De France revelations are against him.

If he stays, sponsors will continue to leave the sport but I put the odds at 25%.

J

laurentja

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07/30/2013 08:03 PM
Who did Pat blow in Malaysia?
pabiker

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07/30/2013 10:59 PM
Needs to go. I surely hope that it happens for the good of the sport.

Would be a great "shot in the arm" if the sport could rid itself of him this Fall and begin the march forward.
Hoshie

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07/31/2013 12:14 AM
Agree, yet he is fighting it like some petty dictator. Makes him look like a bigger douche frankly.
J
jookey

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07/31/2013 09:20 AM
Dude needs to realize he needs to step aside for the best interests of cycling. He does not get it. It is all about him. Sometimes you need to know when to say when. Those who back him are also blind. I am shocked there is not more backlash in the cycling community. Heck, when your own country won't back you, something is amiss.
Gonzo Cyclist

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07/31/2013 10:34 AM
yup, this guy is the major problem with cycling right now, dude needs to go for sure, what a narcissistic prick this guy is
Cosmic Kid

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07/31/2013 12:57 PM
I didn't think it was possible for me to loathe anyone more than I loathed Verbruggen.

I was wrong.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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07/31/2013 01:07 PM
This would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

Will giving him the boot he deserves make things better? I dunno. Sporting organizations tend to be little feifdoms. I certainly don't have any hopes pinned on this. Making cycling better is gonna take lots more than replacing the guy at the top, it may be a start, but only a small step.
BobGolden

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07/31/2013 03:26 PM
"Dude needs to realize he needs to step aside for the best interests of cycling."

This assumes that he has cycling's and not his own interests top of mind. I've seen nothing that would indicate this.
geosurf

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07/31/2013 06:17 PM
And this year's Idi Amin trophy goes to......
"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." H.G. Wells
Master50

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07/31/2013 07:55 PM
I like Pat. I completely disagree with the popular opinion of him out of the USA and GB. He has taken more crap for things the UCI could not have done any differently under the structures and rules of the sport which is a part of the UCI I worked for. Franky Cookson is making promises he cannot deliver without rule changes either. World wide he is a lot more popular than you might think and the vote will be a lot closer than you imagine. of the 175 federations I think fewer than 20 or 30 actually oppose his leadership. So many critics don't know what his powers are or what his authority is. As for this Malaysian move? I think the suggested process is at least as democratic as the current method and there is still an election. That Pat would just stand aside and let Brian Cookson in would not be good for the sport either. As for USA cycling. In my book they never really wanted to do anything the rules required hence the issues with licensing and domestic racing. Seems that Americans only want to do things their way no matter when they joined or who runs the club. Is Pat perfect? No one is and every leader gets stuff flung his way. I won't predict the outcome but I think you all better be prepared for another term.
79pmooney

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08/04/2013 09:03 PM
European Cycling Union president speaks up in a letter to McQuaid.. http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15153/Lappartient-warns-McQuaid-that-Article-51-change-could-lead-to-suspicion-and-the-perception-of-manipulation.aspx

Interesting that apparently to place an article before the UCI Congress, it must be submitted 90 days before. (Sept 27 - 90 days = July 5th.) UCI Article 31 states:

"Article 31
1. The agenda of the Congress shall be drawn up by the Management Committee.
2. A federation wishing to include one or more items in the agenda of the Congress, or to put a
question to the Management Committee, shall submit its draft proposals stating the reasons on
which they are based or the text of its question, in English or in French, to the registered office
of the UCI at least ninety days before the date of the Congress.
3. With the exception of alterations to the Constitution, any question not on the agenda of the
Congress can be added to be discussed and voted on by the Congress at the request of fifteen
federations.
4. Except in cases where the preceding point applies, no vote shall be taken on any question
which is not on the agenda."

I confess this was lifted from a commenter on the above article, not acquired thru rigorous research. Master 50, do you know if this article 31 is correct and if it applies here? It does sound like 15 Federations can have anything non-constitutional discussed. Is the nominating procedure part of the constitution?

Ben
Master50

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08/06/2013 10:10 AM
http://www.uci.ch/Modules/BUILTIN/getObject.asp?MenuId=MTY2NjU&ObjTypeCode=FILE&type=FILE&id=34040&LangId=1
this is a link to the UCI Constitution and frankly this is one part of the rulebook I never read since the middle 90s.

Politics are to be avoided by me. I tend to speak my mind regardless of the fallout. Probably another reason I left the sport as a racing official.
79pmooney

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08/09/2013 11:37 AM
So Pat McQuaid has lived in Switzerland for 8 years, starting shortly before his presidency. It is his home as he likes to point out. So no issues with belonging to the Swiss Cycling federation like he does the Irish Cycling.

Mr. McQuaid joined Swiss Cycling in May of 2013. OK, so he had been busy and it has take him a few years to get around to joining. And it is pure coincidence that it happened to be April 26th of 2013 that Irish Cycling decided to have a membership wide vote on his nomination. And likewise, that his nomination from Swiss Cycling happened May 16, 2013.

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15191/Swiss-Cycling-confirms-that-McQuaid-only-became-a-member-in-May-of-this-year.aspx

I feel my legs getting pulled. (I would like to see when his memberships to the other 5 or so cycling federations started, esp Morocco and Thailand.)

Ben
Oldfart

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08/09/2013 12:37 PM
Desperate he is. Desperate.
ElleSeven

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08/09/2013 03:40 PM
Is this all going to come down to 537 votes in Florida?
ElleSeven

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08/20/2013 04:07 PM
"He’s taken the view that he [Makarov] would prefer if I wasn’t president, as a result of that. So he is working against me. He’s done several things and he’s certainly not working for me. I hope his influence doesn’t swing the result.” -- Pat McQuaid, quoted in cycling news.com this morning

These sentences may clarify Pat's nomination by the Malaysian Federation: he now speaks Manglish, the official Creole of Malaysia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manglish
79pmooney

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08/20/2013 05:22 PM
Did I hear a rumor that Pat McQuaid has contacted a realtor in Egypt? And another in Thailand because Egypt gets too warm for him the summer?

Ben
laurentja

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08/22/2013 12:09 AM
This guy needs to lay off the Murphy's stouts and face reality. He's OVER!
pabiker

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08/25/2013 10:09 PM
When is the GD vote?


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