i thought the Swiss were neutral?

oh Switzerland. in the name of several million bovine and almost as many annoying little clocks, why? what possessed you to stump up for Mr McQuaid when even his own turned their backs on him?

the Swiss cycling federation
the Swiss cycling federation

and i thought only King Kong had balls this size – the size  required to be able to humiliate yourself the way Pat is doing now. faced with the prospect of the cyclists of Ireland not backing him for re-election as President of the UCI, the man scuttles back to Switzerland and threatens to kidnap the nation’s muesli supply unless they back him – or something like that.

the vast majority of the cycling world want him gone, yet still he ploughs that furrow with his dull old blade.

Switzerland, land of chocolate, built on Nazi gold and a haven for tax-dodging celebrities: seriously, why?


this isn’t very neutral at all.

there may be a saving light though, and ironically, it is one of the UCI’s very own rules. UCI regulation 1.1.009 states that individuals may only hold the licence of one national federation. McQuaid holds a current Cycling Ireland licence as an honorary member, so technically he cannot stand as Switzerland’s nominee.


but then, when have the rules mattered before? if the last thing he does in his current term is to amend that little rule, he may well be ushered in for another.

how this can happen is beyond me. i mean, i know how it can happen, he stands and gets voted in, but, i mean, how is this happening? the evidence is stacked up, it’s all over the web, and yet he still has the brass tacks to stand again.

cheers, Switzerland. thanks a bunch.

Author: Lee Rodgers

Cycling coach, race organiser, former professional cyclist and the original CrankPunk.

7 thoughts

  1. I’m thinking of selling my BMC in protest. Bloody outrageous.
    Need a credible alternative to ride up on a white horse. Anyone?

    1. And thirdly, the code is more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules. Welcome aboard the Black Pearl, Mr. Punk.


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