Pat McQuaid

Pat McQuaid

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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).

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 Sean 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.

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. Since 2006 he has been President of the...
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