Pat McQuaid

(05/09/1949)

Patrick “Pat” McQuaid, born on September 5, 1949, in Dublin, Ireland, is a prominent figure in the world of cycling. Raised in a family deeply rooted in cycling, his father Jim McQuaid, a celebrated amateur cyclist, and his uncle played significant roles in the national cycling organization. Growing up in Dublin’s northern suburbs in Ballygall, McQuaid was exposed to cycling from a young age, with all seven of his brothers also actively participating in the sport.

Despite being born into a cycling family, McQuaid’s journey into the sport wasn’t without its challenges. His early years saw him navigating the tumultuous landscape of amateur and professional cycling. He began his cycling career as an amateur, riding for the Emerald Cycling Club, which was founded by his father and uncle. McQuaid’s talent soon became evident as he clinched the Irish national road championship in 1974 and secured victories in prestigious events such as the Tour of Ireland and the Shay Elliott Memorial Race.

In the mid-1970s, McQuaid embarked on a brief professional stint with the Viking Cycles team in Britain before transitioning into race promotion and administration. His contributions to Irish cycling included founding the Nissan Tour of Ireland and directing the Grand Depart for the Tour de France in Dublin in 1998. McQuaid’s dedication to the sport earned him leadership positions within the Irish Cycling Federation, where he served as president, and later, on the global stage, as the president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) from 2005 to 2013.

During his tenure as UCI president, McQuaid focused on enhancing the professional side of cycling, implementing anti-doping measures, and expanding the sport’s reach beyond traditional cycling hubs. He played a pivotal role in extending anti-doping measures and addressing longstanding disputes within the cycling community. Despite facing challenges and controversies, McQuaid’s commitment to advancing cycling remained.

In addition to his contributions to cycling, McQuaid pursued a career in education, qualifying as a teacher of physical education and mathematics, at the Greenhills College in Walkinstown.. His passion for teaching extended to his professional endeavours, where he balanced his roles in cycling administration with teaching positions in Ireland and England.

Following his departure from the UCI, McQuaid settled in the south of France, where he currently runs a holiday accommodation business. Despite stepping away from the forefront of cycling administration, his influence and legacy in the sport endure, shaping the future of competitive cycling and inspiring generations of cyclists worldwide.

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Connection with area: Irish former road racing cyclist and ex-president of the Union Cycliste Internationale who worked as a teacher in Greenhills College in Walkinstown