Pat McQuaid

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Pat McQuaid
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Pat McQuaid in 2011
Personal information
Full name Patrick McQuaid
Born (1949-09-05) 5 September 1949 (age 67)
Dublin, Ireland
Team information
Discipline Road
Role President of UCI
Professional team(s)
1978–1979 Viking–Campagnolo
Major wins
MaillotIrlanda.PNG Road Race Champion 1974
Tour of Ireland 1975 & 1976
Tour of the Pennines 1978

Patrick "Pat" McQuaid (born 5 September 1949 in Dublin) is an Irish former professional road racing cyclist and former president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).[1] Following his cycling career, McQuaid moved into race promotion and administration.


McQuaid comes from a cycling family, with his father Jim and uncle Paddy being top cyclists. Jim and Madge McQuaid raised 10 children, seven sons and three daughters. All seven sons raced. Paul, Oliver and Darach McQuaid, the youngest of the ten, as well as his cousin John McQuaid represented Ireland in world road championships and the Olympic road race. In addition, there are 3 'McQuaid cycles' bicycle shops in Dublin and Kieron McQuaid is today the second largest importer of bikes in Ireland.[2] Two of Pat's sons have long established business interests in the sport - David McQuaid owns DMC Sports and is the General manager of an international cycling team. Andrew McQuaid is a lawyer, Rider Agent and the General Manager of Team Wiggins.

Cycling career[edit]

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

Cycling administration[edit]

After his cycling career, McQuaid worked as a Physical Education teacher in Dublin and remained fully involved in cycling both as an Administrator, Race Organiser. His career showed his rising through the ranks to the top level in the sports administration as follows:

  • 1983 - 1986 Appointed Irish National Team Director
  • 1985 - 1993 Director of the Nissan Tour of Ireland
  • 1993 - 1997 Elected President of the Irish Cycling Federation
  • 1993 - 1997 Director of the Tour of the Philippines
  • 1993 - 2004 Director of the Tour of Langkawai (Malaysia)
  • 1997 - 2005 Elected Member of the Board of Management of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)
  • 1997 - 2005 Appointed President of the UCI Road Commission
  • 1998 - 0000 Director of the Grand Depart for the Tour de France in Ireland
  • 2005 - 2013 Elected President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)
  • 2006 - 2009 Elected Member of the Board of Management of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF)
  • 2009 - 2012 Elected Member of the Executive & Foundation Board of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA)
  • 2009 - 2014 Elected Vice President of the Board of Management of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF)
  • 2009 - 2014 Elected Member of the Board of SportAccord
  • 2010 - 2013 Elected Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
  • 2010 - 2013 Appointed Member of the IOC Women In Sport Commission
  • 2010 - 2013 Appointed Member of the IOC Entourage Commission

On Friday 27 September 2013, the presidential election of the International Cycling Union (UCI) with Pat McQuaid and Brian Cookson the only candidates. The election took place at the UCI Congress in Florence. Cookson won the election by 24 -18 votes. McQuaid, who had been in office since 2005, had pledged not to launch a legal challenge should he be defeated in particular reference to the allegations of that votes had been bought by the Russian Board Member who wanted McQuaid removed.[3][4]

Corruption allegations and defamation lawsuits[edit]

McQuaid has been involved in defamation lawsuits in Switzerland against people who accused UCI of corruption and collusion in regards to doping.

In September 2013, during the presidential election campaign, a dossier, prepared by the Russian board member and the USA board member, was leaked to the press which contained the allegation that McQuaid had solicited a €250,000 bribe from a Russian Board member and cycling team owner to promote the team. Other allegations included the accusation that the UCI had sought payment to cover up Alberto Contador's 2010 positive drug test, and that McQuaid made private arrangements with Lance Armstrong regarding drugs testing and race appearances. McQuaid has denied all the allegations.[5]

The UCI, under its new administration, set up the Cycling Independent Reform Committee (CIRC) to investigate the above allegations. The CIRC had full access to interview UCI staff, cycling personnel and the general public, everyone was welcome to give evidence. The CIRC also had unlimited access to the UCI computer servers, accounts, legal and sporting departments as well as the email and phone records of Pat McQuaid, both personal and business, in order to fully carry out their investigations.

In March 2015, the CIRC report was made public and reported stated that there was no evidence to support the allegations of bribery or corruption against McQuaid.


In March 2008, McQuaid was promoted to Commander in the Order of the Ivory Coast Sporting Merit (Commandeur dans l'ordre du mérite sportif de Côte d'Ivoire).


  1. ^ "Pat McQuaid loses presidency of world cycling union". Irish Time Online. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  2. ^ McQuaid family about.shtml
  3. ^ Pat McQuaid defeated in cycling's presidential election,, Friday 27 September 2013, retrieved 19 January 2014.
  4. ^ Former UCI chief Pat McQuaid had laptop seized after election loss,, Thursday 24 October 2013, retrieved 19 January 2014.
  5. ^ Beaudin, Matthew; Rogers, Neal (9 September 2013). "McQuaid denies leaked file alleging deep UCI corruption, cover-ups". Velonews. Retrieved 14 September 2013.