Pat McQuaid, president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), is facing fresh problems from within his own organisation after a dossier was produced on him and his leadership.

The dossier was produced by Management Committee member and former USA Cycling president Mike Plant, detailing McQuaid’s actions during the USADA investigation and resulting fall out.

According to Inside the Games, the dossier was given to other members of the UCI’s management committee at a recent meeting in Bergen, Norway after McQuaid had tried, unsuccessfully, to block it.

The information has not been made public, although Brian Cookson, President of British Cycling wrote on his blog; “I have to respect the confidentiality of the Management Committee with regards to the contents of the dossier. But what I can say is that I was disturbed by what I heard and I have been assured it will be properly investigated.”

Cookson is a member of the management committee and McQuaid’s sole competition in the September elections.

Plant, a former USA Cycling president, explained that the UCI is now at a “critical turning point … and strong, credible leadership has never been more important.”

“In private discussions with the UCI President and fellow members of the Management Committee, I have made my reasons, findings and concerns clear to him and my colleagues,” Plant told Inside the Games.

“The impact of the decisions being made today will be felt for generations to come. What the sport of cycling needs most at this crucial time in its history is to be guided by a consistent set of values. This isn’t a time for self-interest; this is a time for doing what is in the best interest of the sport.”

McQuaid’s bid for a third term as UCI president has been fraught. Cycling Ireland rescinded its initial nomination after a successful challenge was made by a member of the board based on a technicality.

Last weekend McQuaid was defeated by members of Irish cycling clubs in a vote at an Extraordinary General Meeting. Both Stephen Roche and Sean Kelly had publically supported McQuaid but the endorsement wasn’t enough.

The Irishman is now relying on a nomination from the Swiss federation – where he is resident – although not even that is assured.

  • Paul

    Jump or be pushed. Your call Pat. We dont care we just want rid of you.

  • colnago dave

    Personally I do not think Mc Quaid is the right man for the job and his links to Verbruggen do not help his credability. In the interests of Cycling he should step aside as he is now considered by the Rank and File as damaged goods.
    Whether he was successful during his terms of office is a moot point but if you take into account some of the stupid technical decisions made during both his and Verbruggens leadership, like the UCI frame stickers, Bont shoes, 2 pages of rules governing feeding bottles and no real clarity and bickering with WADA etc on doping it is hard to see his reasoning.
    Also the fact that several members of his family who are involved in promotion, rider management etc; indirectly “benefit” from his position will always cause suspicion whether justified or not Perhaps it is the rumoured 6.000 Euros salary that keeps him going plus no doubt business class travel all funded by Professional teams and the Rank and File.
    For that type of money I’m sure there are plenty of candidates able and willing, in fact how do I put my name forward?

  • Bev Still

    All I can wonder is what “benefit” being President of the UCI is to Pat McQuaid if he is so determined to retain his position when so many issues keep coming out of the woodwork. Or is he just obtuse ?

  • Robert

    Quote: Brian Cookson, President of British Cycling wrote on his blog; “I have to respect the confidentiality of the Management Committee with regards to the contents of the dossier. But what I can say is that I was disturbed by what I heard and I have been assured it will be properly investigated.”

    Clearly, the doping / corruption ‘Omerta’ is not yet dead in cycling. The only way the UCI can regain any credibility is for them to get rid of McQuaid and Verbruggen right now, and make the contents of this dossier public.

    If Mr. Cookson is genuinely more interested in the future of cycling than stepping into McQuaid’s shoes, perhaps he is the man to do it.