Pat McQuaid, former UCI President; people forget that before he moved into cycling ‘politics’ he was a good bike rider.
We thought it was time someone gave him a break, stopped asking about Lance and Hein and took him back to those days when he was pushing the pedals rather than a pen…
Coming from the family you did was it possible you could be anything other than a cyclist – and there were a few of you McQuaid boys on the go?
“No, there wasn’t much possibility.
“My father Jim was a successful cyclist – indeed I saw him win races when I was a child.
“Of his 10 children, seven were boys and all had a go at racing at some stage or another with different levels of success including two, Kieron and Oliver who competed in the Olympic Games.”
Your first race?
“That would h