2013 has been an interesting year, to say the least. With all the skeletons coming out of closets all over Europe, the average cycling fan may lose perspective over the looming battle between Pat McQuaid and Brian Cookson for the presidency chair in Aigle. The battle culminates on September 21st where 42 delegates vote to determine who leads the cycling free world for the next few years.
More and more, the cycling press falls into the trap of human interest over the facts. We’ve heard shots fired by McQuaid across Cookson’s bow, and oil dropped over the walls by Cookson onto the McQuaid forces. We’ve seen attempts by pressure groups to eliminate the incumbent, who have also filed lawsuits, injunctions, and notes from their mothers. It’s been entertaining to say the least.
With Cookson’s declaration of Vero Communications as his firm of choice for campaign assistance, it’s hard to determine what is spin and what is real. McQuaid, on the other hand, good or bad, has been transparent in his activities during the lead up to September.
If you’re looking for how this campaign really works, instead of rehashing, we’ll just post two links for you to read.
Here’s Inner Ring’s breakdown: inrng.com/2013/06/uci-president-election
The UCI’s rules and regulations: Start at article 27 of the UCI constitution
We’ll be posting our interpretations of the efforts by both sides to win the hearts and minds of the 42 delegates during the next 53 days or so.