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McQuaid HAS to go
Last Post 07/09/2013 03:53 PM by Jack Pouchet. 14 Replies.
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07/08/2013 04:47 PM
Another reason McQuaid has to go. People would stop focusing on doping if the UCI had a track record of catching and enforcing rules during races. This "these guys deserve to be left alone" point-of-view is exactly why McQuaid is simply cut from the same cloth as previous UCI presidents. http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/07/news/uci-boss-mcquaid-to-press-lay-off-the-doping-questions_294189


07/08/2013 05:01 PM
anyone else notice that VeloNews has not only nuked the forum but article comments as well. they've gone old school and non-interactive.


07/08/2013 06:10 PM
Posted By entheo genic on 07/08/2013 05:01 PM
anyone else notice that VeloNews has not only nuked the forum but article comments as well. they've gone old school and non-interactive.

LOL! I guess Spear of Lance and the rest of the nut jobs were fine as far as VeloSnooze was concerned as long as they were confined to the forum-asylum. Once they were unleashed on the public at large it was time to do something. Pretty funny
Cosmic Kid


07/08/2013 06:17 PM
Dude.....don't mention their names!! It is probably like BeetleJuice...say their names 3 times and theya re gonna start popping up here!!

Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!


07/08/2013 06:29 PM

He's now threatening that if he goes cycling likely gets booted from the Olympics

Gjanney is right, it's time for the fat lady to sing


07/08/2013 06:38 PM
Getting booted from the Olympics would be a good thing.


07/08/2013 06:49 PM
As far as McQuaid goes. This scene from Young Frankenstein just about covers it.



07/08/2013 07:44 PM
8 years as president is a good run. Why doesn't he just walk away? Sometimes those in power have to be shown the door. Not sure Clarkson is a great improvement except that he seems to have fewer ties to Heiny and Co.


07/08/2013 10:42 PM
Posted By jeff sanford on 07/08/2013 06:38 PM
Getting booted from the Olympics would be a good thing.

In what universe? Without Olympic funding many cycling federations would suffer great financial hardship or worse.


07/08/2013 11:36 PM
That he would consider pulling his support for cycling if he loses just shows he really doesn't care for the sport.


07/09/2013 01:43 AM
Master50, how does McQuaid's standing as UCI president affect his status as IOC representative. They are separate positions are they not? Not being re-elected should simplify McQuaid's position at IOC and allow him to give it his undivided attention.

Is this not possible because UCI and IOC are too ingrown? Or is it not possible because McQuaid isn't man enough to accept what is?

I'm sorry if electing Cookson costs federations money. I am more sad that we have a system so sick that electing someone who wants to clean things up has that effect. (I am including IOC in that "system")



07/09/2013 07:09 AM
this interview with john hoberman re: the corrupt, incestuous relationship between UCI & IOC merits a bump...

VeloNews: What was your role at the Change Cycling Now conference?
John Hoberman: I was the doping historian sitting around a table with 16 other people. As an historian I have two roles: one is to apply my knowledge of the 60-year doping epidemic to the challenge of creating the closest thing to drug-free cycling that can be achieved at this time; the other is to apply what I know about international sports federations and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to dealing with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the controversial sports officials who are currently running that organization. Interestingly, both of them are IOC members, a fact we will come back to later in this conversation.

VN: Did you learn anything new at the conference about pro cycling, its future, its power players, and how it manages doping?
JH: I learned a great deal by listening to people who have devoted their adult lives to cycling, whether by riding, coaching, sponsoring, journalism, or doing applied science, like Michael Ashenden and Antoine Vayer. Much of what I heard and observed confirmed what I already knew from researching professional cycling’s long involvement with doping. You can’t be a doping historian without studying the history of cycling and its entanglement with performance enhancing drugs.

At this point, the future of cycling is unclear. If the federation apparatchiks are allowed to stay in power, progress against doping is doubtful. Look at the sequential reigns of Hein Verbruggen (1991-2005) and Pat McQuaid (2005-present) at the top of the UCI. Together, they have presided over all of the major doping scandals of the past 15 years. Under Verbruggen’s leadership, the principal result of the 1998 Festina scandal was the age of Lance Armstrong, which the UCI did nothing to bring to an end. On the contrary, even during the endgame, as Armstrong was going over the cliff, McQuaid and Verbruggen stuck with their man. They protested how (the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) pursued Armstrong. They are still denying USADA access to documents. That is how closely they identify with the systematic doper who has done so much to enable their operation and their hold on power. And that is why Armstrong’s lawyers were desperate to wrest jurisdiction over his case from USADA and give it to the UCI — “a safe pair of hands,” as they say in cricket.

So, as usual, it was an outside agency like USADA that did the work. USADA exposed systemic corruption that had persisted for years under the UCI’s nose. No one is more powerful than sports officials in positions of responsibility who decide to keep their foot on the brake and do as little as they can get away with to catch dopers. This quiet sabotaging of anti-doping efforts was an unofficial, but very effective, policy during the IOC presidency of Juan Antonio Samaranch (1980-2001). About every thousandth athlete at the Summer Olympic Games was testing positive, and only a fraction of this tiny number involved anabolic steroids. Most of the positives were for stimulants, including over-the-counter products.

This pathetic “anti-doping program” served the IOC as a successful PR strategy for many years until the Festina Affair blew up in 1998. Then the IOC was forced to co-sponsor WADA with the governments, and the number of positives began to go up, but not by much. In fact, the latest word from the top of WADA is that the war against doping cannot be won. So what is to be done in these daunting circumstances? CCN is looking for a solution that can help all of sport by focusing on the sport of cycling. The opposition to organized doping needs some new ideas. Jaimie Fuller, the Australian businessman and cycling sponsor who founded CCN, has decided to provide one, and he is off to a successful start. CCN was awarded representation status by the UCI Independent Commission within hours after the CCN press conference in London on December 3. In addition, CCN has entered into an informal alliance with WADA and USADA for the purpose of making sure that the UCI Independent Commission has a properly broad remit to find out what has been going on at the UCI.

interview continues at: http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/01/analysis/hoberman-qa-outlining-corruption-doping-collusion-at-the-ioc-uci_270482


07/09/2013 12:28 PM
That article is pretty damning! ('Though most of it is not about McQuaid and more about IOC than UCI.) Pretty hard to believe you can cram that much corruption into so small an organization. You may want to put your helmet on and fasten the strap before you open that link. Without it, your jaw will hit the floor hard.

Keith Richards


07/09/2013 02:03 PM
Can you call something that has been going on for 60 years an epidemic?

Maybe he meant endemic...lol!
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.


07/09/2013 03:53 PM
Sadly those who wish to cheat the system will invariably find one or more techniques that will keep them one-step ahead of the "law".

Hopefully better science, sports medicine (the good kind), nutrition, and training / recovery will enable those who wish to remain 'clean' to achieve not only parity but to win so often that the hope of cheating to achieve victory is diminished.
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