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Canadian Cyclist interviews Pat McQuaid — Part 5

I skipped the last two parts of this extended interview with the president of UCI because they didn’t have much to do with track cycling. But in this segment, McQuaid basically calls bullshit on Chris Hoy and Vicky Pendleton for whining about not being able to do the Commonwealth Games because they need the Olympic qualification points from the European Championships. He basically calls them whiny little brats and there’s no reason they can’t do both competitions. Pretty easy for him to say, right? But I guess he’s got a point.

If you haven’t seen the other segments from this interview, definitely check out Part 1 and Part 2.

Found on Canadian Cyclist.

Pat McQuaid Interview Part 2

Here’s part 2 (of 5) of Canadian Cyclist's interview with UCI President Pat McQuaid. This is a great segment. McQuaid talks about something that’s really been bothering us trackies for the past year: the Olympics. McQuaid really breaks it down as to why and how the UCI and IOC downsized the Olympic track cycling program. He explains why they decided to axe the Madison (cuz it’s confusing to watch) and says he understands why people are upset that they dropped the Individual Pursuit. He does leave us with a glimmer of hoping saying that they’re going to be working on getting another endurance event added to the program for 2016 once the London Olympics are out of the way. Bring back the Individual Pursuit!

Found on Canadian Cyclist.

Pat McQuaid interviewed by Canadian Cyclist

This is the first in a five-part interview with the president of Union Cycliste International, the body that sets the rules for bike racing, the international calendars, coordinates the biological passport program and anti-doping standards with WADA, and works with the IOC on cycling in the Olympics. In this part, he talks about the overall state of the sport of cycling including where how successful track racing is right now.

He also chats a little bit about doping (a subject I rarely go into on RTBL). He pretty much hits the nail on the head: “I don’t think any sport can be a hundred percent clean… Once you get to the professional level money comes in, then a lot of those values go out the window.” While that may seem kinda cynical to some, he definitely makes it clear that UCI and WADA are making considerable advances in keeping the sport clean.

This is a great interview and I look forward to watching the rest of the series.

Found on Canadian Cyclist.

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