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Through lack of support i have been unable to achieve that goal and unless people decide to assist there is little chance that my 19th season will be any more successful !


London 2012 Paralympics was amazing for ALL , not just those participating but those who followed via the Media !


Since 2009 several other Blogs have been created to cover various other subjects !

Below is a guide to their separate purposes :

In the main Parrabuddy is about “Adaptive / Physically Challenged Sport” and Health Issues.


Skippi-cyclist is about personal issues and Road Safety Issues.


SkippyAus is about matters relating to Oz and some personal memories from my life there.


Tourdafarce & Tourdafrance are about matters relating to the Pro Tour , Racers and some personal experiences during my various visits to ride the Pro Tour routes .


Skippy (blogging) is about a variety of issues on the Internet .


NOT ALL postings arrive in their correct area but I will generally try to separate my views on Doping and Sporting Fraud from Road Safety Issues .



Comments ARE WELCOMED since this shows that those reading are interested in the subject matter ! Enjoy comments made to other blogs so wonder why only " anonymous " posts here !

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When any of you visit these Blogs I hope I am able to add value to your day and provide a source of information if not inspiration . Please consider asking your friends and contacts to add their support as many of the Para Athletes are struggling to find the resources to compete in Events at regional Levels let alone National Levels .


You the reader have the possibility to help these Amazing Athletes in your own way and contacting your National Paralympic Internet Site for relevant info is a good start !

Dec 13, 2012

SEARCHING FOR A LEGACY ?

When the " FAT LADY sings , the Game is OVER "!  phat is currently rocking the boat , so hard , that he is about to fall out ! Weeks after the " www.changecyclingnow.org petition came about , he is finally voicing his displeasure !  Acting to preserve his legitimacy , he is on the attack , claiming that the principals of " CCN " have a biased view of the UCI and his stewardship !


Does McQuaid get up every morning and ask himself, "what stupid thing will I say today?"



Here are a few of his remarks today :

  “  It seems clear to me that their leader, Jaime Fuller (who runs the clothing company Skins) is seeking to further his own business interests," McQuaid told AFP. "Then there is a journalist who wants to promote a book coming out shortly and a haematologist who claims to have a method of detecting blood transfusions for the next Tour de France. Why are they not working with the UCI or the World Anti-Doping Agency?    ”

Copied from :  http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/mcquaid-change-cycling-now-not-a-part-of-cycling

Further down the article , he asks what Greg LeMond , has done for Cycling in the past 25 years ?
  
  "  What have you done for cycling in the past 25 years?’ The answer is nothing,”

Even I , an outsider , is aware of the fact that Greg Lemond , won the 1990 " Le Tour " , then went on to create a Bike Company , apart from ALL the other matters that he has been involved with over the years ! 

A few of Greg LeMond's accomplishments , follow :


Copied from elsewhere :

 "  We will skip by Greg winning 2 Tours and a Worlds in the last 25 years - but for a man who has done "nothing" in cycling you sure did want to sue him, Right.

Also in the last 25 years (and not discussing aero bars and helmets, which most everyone readily acknowledges):

...led the Ti and Carbon revolutions (by proactively being the first to introduce them to the Pro peloton)...
...first to use drop bars
...first to use carbon forks
...first to use road suspension forks

...popularized spin bikes...

In the last 25+ years
...first to use a cycling computer
...first to use clipless pedals
...first to use hardshell helmet

He even used electronic shifting.

Now, shall we ask again who has done more for cycling when Pat doesn't even have anything in the positive column?

The question is a joke and Phat is a Pharce " .


Whilst disparaging others , phat is quick to " big himself "!

“People involved in cycling who I work with every day know what I have achieved as president.”

The feeble applause will be led by his Family , many of whom are involved with the Cycling Industry and other members of the " Swill Trough " , of which  he has control  !    

Looking at the results of this period , 1990 to present day , what has the UCI done to fight the greatest menace to Cycle Racing , " EPO " , and " Blood Doping " ? Even this year we see David George , one time member of an Armstrong Team , given a Two year Sanction for Anti Doping Offences !  Can phat claim success , when NOTHING has changed ?  Even the few advances that UCI has achieved were being created prior to phat taking the " reins "!

In recent days i have seen reports of a New Series of Races being projected to start in 2014 . This Initiative was brought about by the Czech Owner of the Quickstep Team , investing Time , Effort and Money . This Initiative is being considered favourably by the Owners of the Grand Tours . Amaury Sports Org. , owner of " Le Tour " and an investor in the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta Espana asked that UCI be involved , and thus the project was brought to tthe attention of UCI , who will now claim it as their own ?

Realising that he has lost any semblence of credibility , phat has created an additional " Stakeholders Commission " that will run independently of the " UCI Independent Commission ", which was  announced after the USADA Reasoned Decision . This Additional Commission will be conducted by the international auditing firm KPMG, a Dutch firm , which is one of the Big Four auditors . Their task : " will be to carry out a review of the governance of the UCI, as well as that of the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) " .   There will be a report produced , in time for its findings , to be debated in the consultation process . In addition, the UCI announced the discussion topics for the Stakeholders, will be divided into four “pillars”:
 globalisation;
 anti-doping;
 riders;
 the sports calendar.

 “In addition to all this , governance issues will be considered in all four pillars.”

Last week phat called on " Stakeholders to make submissions to the UCI by the 10th December about " Cycling's Bright Future " ! I wonder whether those making submissions caused so much alarm that phat decided on this " Commission " , so as to regain some of his lost ground ? If the " Terms of Reference " are similarly narrow as those of the  " UCI Independent Commission " then my POV , is that we will see more smoke and mirrors !

Change Cycling Now has made such an impact that the " UCIIC " has called on them to make submissions . Currently there are 4600 signed to the Petition created by "" CCN " , calling for the dismissal of phat & heinous .

 Here is what Jaimie Fuller is reported to have said about the approach of " UCIIC " to " CCN " :

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/ucis-independent-commission-wants-change-cycling-now-input

"We were approached immediately after yesterday's press conference in London and today I met with legal representatives of the commission," said CCN's creator, Jaimie Fuller. "I shall discuss the approach with the other members of the Change Cycling Now panel and we will consider the appropriate action."

As yet i have not seen , the reply from CCN to " UCIIC "! One thing is certain , not ALL that wish to make submissions are happy with the " Terms of Reference "!  WADA has submitted the following Tweet :
  

WADA confirms meeting with UCI independent commission lawyers and notes concerns over terms of reference 

This is the Cyclingnews article , setting out in more detail their reservations :

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/wada-president-has-concerns-about-uci-independent-commission

Many other parties have expressed their disapproval of the " T of R " , since their publication .

With the Swiss Athorities considering Paul Kimmage's submissions last month , i am left wondering what phat can claim as " HIS LEGACY ",  for the years that , we , the cycling fans , have had to endure , during the period of mismanagement , under his stewardship ?

With phat claiming UCI as a democracy , i was reminded of a comment that i read today  :

"  While I think Lemond's qualifications as the UCI leader can be debated, saying "the UCI is a democracy" as a defensible argument made me laugh a bit. 

But I might be wrong, we've also had the "Democratic" republics of Congo, Korea and the Germany for comparison. They had their electoral systems in place too.

Most of the leaders of these democracies could be regarded as " Despotic " if not as " War Criminals " deserving of sentencing by the Hague Court !

Noticed some  " Clinic Comments "  about phat's latest misfire to the media :

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I have to say it is actually one of the funniest things I have read in cycling for a while - and when you think Pat has competition from Ligget that's quite a task.

Lets take it from the top:
Quote:
"It seems clear to me that their leader, Jaime Fuller (who runs the clothing company Skins) is seeking to further his own business interests,"
Yes Pat - that is why Fuller is suing you guys, as you and the cabal have damaged the sport.

Quote:
"Then there is a journalist who wants to promote a book coming out shortly"
Hmm, whats that book about again?

Quote:
...and a haematologist who claims to have a method of detecting blood transfusions for the next Tour de France. Why are they not working with the UCI or the World Anti-Doping Agency?”
Did Ashenden make that claim - of course not. Also, Ashenden did work with the UCI and he says you owe him some money, which he will give to the Kimmage fund.

Quote:
“They have discussed nothing with us; they only spoke of their own interests for two days in London,” McQuaid said. “They are not part of cycling, they have no mandate, no status, but they do have a conflict of interest."
Yes Pat - they are not talking with you, they are talking about you - and I doubt you would want to take their call.

Quote:
“Greg was a great cyclist who I’ve known since the time when I was the organizer of the Tour of Ireland back in the 1980s, but I would ask him: 'What have you done for cycling in the past 25 years?’ The answer is nothing,” McQuaid said. “I find it a little bit arrogant for him to say he is prepared to serve as interim president of the UCI. The UCI is a democracy, there is an electoral system in place. If he wants to, he can always seek the support of his national federation and stand for election next September.”
We will skip by Greg winning 2 Tours and a Worlds in the last 25 years - but for a man who has done "nothing" in cycling you sure did want to sue him, Right.

Quote:
“People involved in cycling who I work with every day know what I have achieved as president.”
And your family thank you for it.

Quote:
“If they say our attitude was inadequate, we’ll take the necessary measures to ensure that this sort of thing won’t happen again in the future with a big name rider,” he said. “In the USADA report on Armstrong, there were many accusations that we reject. The UCI is serene and convinced that the independent commission will show that these allegations are not justified as the UCI has always been a pioneer in the fight against doping.

“I think there is enough proof that the state of cycling is completely different today to what it was in the Armstrong era.”
So, when you say something that happened with Armstrong (woops) wouldn't happen with another big name rider we have to ignore that you were attempting to delay admitting Contadors positive?




  "  The only reason that McQuaid is still President of the UCI is that the system is not democratic. Just look at the corrupt national federations. Another great example of irony from fat Pat.
Even more relevant is the fact that Hein rigged the 2005 UCI presidential election (the only one where Pat was opposed) so Pat would win. Expect more of the same next year."

  "  After a week where we saw unbelievable stupidity with the Katusha announcement, then Alberto's amicable settlement (check the CAS language used, not by accident...), we now have Pat deciding to publicly take on CCN and rubbish an initiative which few people have heard of, let alone who is in it and what their positions are. Thanks Pat for the additional media coverage."

  "  Not sure what PR advice he got, or whether he ignored it, but all he has done, as he did by taking on Kimmage in originally announcing legal proceedings, is to give credence to the CCN cause and make a yet bigger turkey of himself in the media."

  "  Good on ya Pat, little need for fans to try to remove you, you're doing a great job furthering the cause yourself. "

CAN WE ALL , write , tweet , phone and Lobby the relevant people to observe the UCI Constitution processes ?


Patrick McQuaid's re-election as President could be the KEY ? UCI Article 51 provides sufficient access to the " removal process " !

Rather than trying to influence the majority of National Federations not to vote for McQuaid's re-election it would be more direct, more certain and economical , to concentrate on one National Federation - Cycling Ireland.


  UCI Article 51states :

1. The candidates for the presidency shall be nominated by the federation of the candidate.

The candidates for the nine other elected offices shall be nominated by the respective continental confederations.

2. Under penalty of inadmissibility, the nominations must be written in English or in French and deposited at the registered office of the UCI ninety days prior to the date of the Congress.
Kneecap McQuaid by lobbying Cycling Ireland to not nominate McQuaid for re-election in 2013.





FINALLY , i found a report of the letter to Katusha , from the " Licencing Commission "!

 Nothing to do with " UCI " ?

This tweet has the link , to the photo of the letter , which i am unable to copy :

"Dear Katusha we'll explain things soon". Note the non-UCI letterhead, Licence Commission semi-independent from UCI

Those interested in HOW Pro World TEAMS ARE SELECTED ", can check out the following :






EMAIL comments to Sky News today ; Friday 14 Dec 2012 :

1/

  "  Watching your report at 930GMT on Sky News , in Austria , i saw your footage of " Pat Mc Quaid's " views on Greg Lemond !

My blog www.parrabuddy.blogspot.com reveals more for your " OVERWORKED staff " to consider !
Also a visit to www.changecyclingnow.org will reveal the extent that Mc Quaid is out of step with the truth of his situation !

Will post this to the blog , since i doubt that your people will show other than bias to Mc Quaid ( I call him phat , as do others ) & co !

Now changing channel to ORF to watch the skiing ! Perhaps your team would find that there are Brits interested in Chemmy & others ?



FYI : this comment required numerous pages in your website to find ! Used 12MB at 16byte/sec ! OUTRAGEOUS that you make it so difficult for the " public " to express their POV !"

2/


http://www.skysports.com/opinion/story/0,,16299_8309970,00.html

Can see why NOBODY saw fit to reply to this biased report !

Saw the Sky News report at 9.30GMT , today , showing "phat Mc Quaid's  " derogatory remarks about Greg LeMond and suggest you read www.parrabuddy.blogspot.com to get a clearer picture of what is " REALLY GOING ON "!

Fact is " phat is on the fire " , now looking at an exit strategy , though will likely be " dragged out " of his mismanaged position ! Falling on his " Sword in an honourable way " is unlikely !

Signing onto the www.changecyclingnow.org Petition will help to speed his exit !

Add yourself to the following also :

http://www.change.org/petitions/wada-create-an-amnesty-in-all-sports …
&
http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/office-of-the-governor-general-of-australia-create-the-means-for-a-sports-amnesty-in-australia#invite …

http://www.facebook.com/AmnestyForAllSportsAthletesNow?skip_nax_wizard=true

Sky Sports response :
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Do they think i want to waste another 20MB on people that ONLY report ONE side of a story ?


Those hearing of the successful " YORKSHIRE " Le Bid " can visit my post in August , when i rode with Francesco Moser ! Photos of us both wearing the " Le Bid shirt in St Johan in Tirol , are to be found there !



Saturday 15th DEC

Sad to see that Newtown , CT , USA , was visited by Evil , that is allowed to continue to exist , because the " NRA Org. " , is funding any politician , that advocates in favour of the Second Amendment !

GO TO :

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/president-of-united-states-of-america-repeal-the-2nd-amendment

Help to change the GUN CULTURE  , NOW ! 

 More of my views on this matter in :    www.skippyaus.blogspot.com

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