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Meeting may have been convened on a technicality, but gives members a chance to express their feelings

Cycling Ireland has convened an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) that may result in its controversial endorsement of Pat McQuaid’s nomination to stand for a third term as UCI President being reversed.

The EGM has been convened by Anto Moran, the only one of the seven Cycling Ireland board members to vote against McQuaid’s nomination, which was carried by five votes to one, with one abstention. Moran subsequently resigned from his position as vice-president.

The backing of McQuaid for a third term saw Cycling Ireland’s board coming under heavy criticism from many of its members, as well as in the Irish press, one example being a column on Independent.ie which accused it of having dragged “the sporting good name of the country through the shit to get them.”

Cycling Ireland has said that details of its Board Meeting will be circulated to its members next week. If the EGM resulted in McQuaid’s nomination being rejected, the UCI President could potentially seek the endorsement of the Swiss federation, given he is a resident there.

In a statement issued via the UCI last night, McQuaid chose to focus on the technical issue which had enabled Moran to call the EGM, rather than the opposition to his nomination and the very real prospect it may be rejected, saying:

I was honoured that the board of Cycling Ireland endorsed my nomination as a candidate for the Presidency of the UCI earlier this month.

I understand that Cycling Ireland has now decided to refer the matter to an EGM as a result of a technicality arising from the fact that its President temporarily vacated the chair of the nomination meeting so that he could contribute to the meeting under the chair of the CEO.

This decision was taken on the basis of legal advice on procedural rules not on the merits of my nomination which the Board has endorsed.

We’ll find out shortly whether Cycling Ireland’s membership feels likewise.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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_SiD_ [163 posts] 3 years ago
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Very conservative bunch in Ireland - it'll take a massive effort to overturn the nomination. I wouldn't hold my breath.

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velogirl [5 posts] 3 years ago
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We are not that conservative...there is a huge groundswell of grassroots who are not happy with the nomination and were shocked that cycling ireland went ahead with the nomination against majority opinion.

People were really shocked and surprised that Anto Moran was the only one with any backbone.

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_SiD_ [163 posts] 3 years ago
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My club voted for the EGM and did a lot of canvassing for support.

I'm delighted with the result but I know from some club's feedback that's it's far from a done deal.
The cycling community is very conservative, hence nominating McQuaid 3 times on the trot.
I hope the groundswell keeps swelling.

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dullard [140 posts] 3 years ago
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There's a lot of support for Anto Moran outside of Ireland; I've been in touch with him to show solidarity with the stand he's taken and to add that he speaks for cycling enthusiasts, who love the sport but have just had enough, the world over. Keep the pressure up. McQuaid is bad for the sport.

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velogirl [5 posts] 3 years ago
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_SiD_ wrote:

I hope the groundswell keeps swelling.

http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/cyclling-club-revolt-may-se...

Looking like the vote will go against Pat McQuaid - General Consensus appears to be heading that way