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Thursday, June 20, 2013

" # ask Brian " FIASCO ?

Well meaning effort by the UK Candidate for the UCI Presidency , scheduled for UCI Congress at Firenze in September .

For me , it was a wasted effort , since there was no way to follow the action . Being fair to Brian Cookson , he actually " retweeted " some of the questions posed  . So far , i can find few of the answers to some of the questions " posed " , that deserve to be answered !  WHO cares whether he rides a " Compact Chain ring "?

THere are the likes of @Inrng or @Velonews that could have served as " moderators " , in am sure they would have vetted the likes of evilcycling , perhaps even LA ?

List of the hash tag " # ask brian ":







  • All those silly chaps asking Mr. Cookson daft questions, see me after class. You know who you are.
  • . Pat and Hein had ongoing battles with organizers (ASO,RCS, etc) how do you proposed to mend these relationships?
  • What was James Gandolfini's best movie? True romance or Where the wild things are?
  • .Which celeb chef would you like to cook a meal for you and what?
  • Right there are loads of unanswered questions floating around - for fairness can we also do the ones?






  • I'll be ready for your questions and thoughts on cycling's future in about 30mins. Please use &
  • UCI presidential candidate Brian Cookson's Twitter handle is answering questions under the hashtag
  • : you sat in many UCI meetings with Pat McQuaid. Were you a disenting voice with fresh ideas?”
  • Feel like the answers were managed by his PR company, not from the heart.
  • Hey these compact gearings questions are just dandy but how about answering real Qs?
  • . If you've not taken action while being a member of the UCI board, why should we expect anything different now?
  • MT : Were you party to the decision to sue Floyd Landis? Is suing whistleblowers in your manifesto?
  • Just over 10 more minutes to go everyone. Please keep the questions coming
  • Do you shave your balls?
  • . Should the UCI both simultaneously govern and promote the sport?
  • do you ride a compact or standard double?
  • . In the interest of transparency will you release the content of the Plant dossier?
  • . Why would the UCI penalize riders for riding non-UCI events? It seems spiteful.
  • There were three plaintiffs (PMCQ, HB and UCI) on the legal suit I was served: Were you party to this decision?
  • What will happen to global cycling productions races - 4profit race organisers funded by uci w McQuaid on board
  • The unintended consequences of Twitter Q&As... trying to engage with
  • What are your concerns about cycling globalisation? We need to care about prestigious races too, don't you think?
  • Will you consider changing uci rule 1.2.019 for MTB? It negatively impacts MTB riders trying to earn a living
  • Candidate for UCI President, will be taking questions from the Twittersphere in about 10 mins. Use the hashtag



  • Seems i am not the only person that needs to see the whole timeline about " WHAT REALLY WAS GOING ON "?

    Another point of view :

    http://journalvelo.com/breaking/brian-cookson-twitter-qa-in-one-easy-to-read-place-askbrian/


    Cyclingnews Forum/clinic , provided a few more questions , though some were too late OR too hard to answer :




    Edit- a few of these came after Cookson was finished. Also, there were a few general repetitive comments that I didn't copy in here.

    Robert Newrick ‏@RNewrick 4h
    @cooksonforuci #askbrian what will be done to regain faith of cycling population in UCI? Can't have the farce of Contador, let alone Lance.

    Dave (Dim) ‏@dimspace 4h
    ****.. I forgot to ask @cooksonforuci who is paying for his PR company

    Race Radio ‏@TheRaceRadio 4h
    .@cooksonforuci Pat and Hein had ongoing battles with organizers (ASO,RCS, etc) how do you proposed to mend these relationships? #AskBrian

    Donald Young ‏@SlapshotJC 4h
    If @cooksonforuci wants our support he has to initiate a whole scale shift in cycling nothing less will do #askbrian

    Charlie ‏@NiceIcePrincess 5h
    “@ffflow: @cooksonforuci you sat in many UCI meetings with Pat McQuaid. Were you a disenting voice with fresh ideas?” #AskBrian

    Charlie Charlie ‏@NiceIcePrincess 5h
    @cooksonforuci RT'g LA is supposed to give you credibility when he's lined pockets of UCI? #WrongWay #AskBrian #Credibility #Transparency

    paulomaldini ‏@paulmalone33 5h
    @cooksonforuci Shame you ignored @PaulKimmage ....does this mean you have something to hide? #askbrian

    Ole Obitsø ‏@oleok2 5h
    @cooksonforuci Will you let yourself interview by @PaulKimmage? #askbrian I don't care what you answer, just think about it.

    Andrew Rosch ‏@Andrewrosch 5h
    @CooksonforUCI How do you feel about the creation of XCE, rejection of Enduro, & resultant breakaway league? #askbrian

    Charlie ‏@NiceIcePrincess 5h
    @cooksonforuci on record #AskBrian Were you privy or part of decision to sue award winning journalist @PaulKimmage? No reply, is answer UCI

    PavĂ© Bikes ‏@PaveBikes 5h
    @cooksonforuci Should the UCI work with bike-sharing programs around the world to promote safer cycling? #AskBrian

    Donald Young ‏@SlapshotJC 5h
    @cooksonforuci up for a game of softball?? Should be that's all the questions you answered, try answering the tough question #askbrian

    fmk ‏@fmk_RoI 5h
    You have many good Qs ignored back thru yr timeline @CooksonForUCI. Will #AskBrian get to them later or are they to be ignored?

    Martin Waters ‏@martinwaters07 5h
    @cooksonforuci any chance of a response to the questions asked by @PaulKimmage ? #askbrian

    Chris Walker Chris Walker ‏@ChrisWalker__ 5h
    @cooksonforuci are there any plans in your manifesto to increase number of tests (in and out comp) or just to make it independent? #askbrian

    Neil Browne Neil Browne ‏@neilroad 5h
    Hey @Cooksonforuci these compact gearings questions are just dandy but how about answering real Qs? #AskBrian



    Farrell ‏@FarrellRock 5h
    #askbrian Do you plan to bring Didi Senft along to meetings so he can jump up & down next to you in the conference room? You should.

    Jeppe Helbo Jeppe Helbo ‏@storejep 5h
    @cooksonforuci #AskBrian Will you work for making the selection process for World Tour Licence more transparent?

    John McNamara John McNamara ‏@jgmacca 5h
    @cooksonforuci will you look at technology in the peloton? Perhaps removing radios from riders to make racing more interesting #askbrian

    Ian Jonsen Ian Jonsen ‏@IanJonsen 5h
    @cooksonforuci What protection will you provide for whistleblowers? #askbrian

    Paul Kimmage Paul Kimmage ‏@PaulKimmage 5h
    @cooksonforuci @moran_anto As an example of openess and transparency would you mind answering my questions please? #askbrian

    TailWindHome ‏@TailWIndHome 5h
    @cooksonforuci At what point did you stop being "100% Supportive" of Pat McQuaid? #askbrian

    Adam Bartlett Adam Bartlett ‏@BartlettAdam 5h
    @cooksonforuci #askbrian do you intend to make selection criteria for world tour team status more transparent?

    Unfortunate Kritik Unfortunate Kritik ‏@THUNK4U 5h
    .@cooksonforuci how about a UCI plan in conj. w/ @wada_ama to have "open-door" confessionals w/ limited-time offer zero-punishmnt? #askbrian

    Damian Ormston Damian Ormston ‏@DamianOrmston 5h
    @cooksonforuci How do you plan on not only separating your allegiances with Team Sky/BC from the UCI Pres. but also being seen to? #askbrian

    Dave (Dim) Dave (Dim) ‏@dimspace 5h
    @cooksonforuci are you going to do anything for organisers of historic races that are struggling to pay UCI fees #askbrian

    Mark Florence ‏@markflorence11 5h
    @cooksonforuci I won't support your nomination if you won't answer @paulkimmage. #askbrian

    Cian Hogan Cian Hogan ‏@chogan76 5h
    @cooksonforuci very disturbing that there are certain questions you choose not to answer - same ol' same ol' ?? #askbrian

    steve chapman steve chapman ‏@stevechapman65 5h
    @cooksonforuci will you answer any of the questions I asked #askbrian #justasking

    Neil Browne Neil Browne ‏@neilroad 5h
    MT @PaulKimmage: @cooksonforuci Were you party to the decision to sue Floyd Landis? Is suing whistleblowers in your manifesto? #AskBrian

    Cab Davidson ‏@gnomeicide 5h
    #askbrian @cooksonforuci professional womens road cycling seems to be limping from disaster to disaster. Whats the solution for that?

    Alex Murray Alex Murray ‏@leguape 5h
    @cooksonforUCI In nearly 20yrs, why hasn't BC made any substantial progress on improving race conditions on UK roads? #AskBrian

    David S. David S. ‏@Courier429 5h
    @cooksonforuci would you support another sanctioning body in the USA aside from USAC? #ASKBRIAN

    jeffvolkmer jeffvolkmer ‏@jeffvolkmer 5h
    @cooksonforuci What is yr plan, as an IOC & therefore non-profit entity, to make pro cycling & its teams financially sustainable #askbrian?

    Xavier Xavier ‏@ksavje 5h
    @cooksonforuci How do u plan to convince cont. europe that u're aware that cycling is a sport built on tradition & not a product? #askbrian



    Samuel Gamester Samuel Gamester ‏@LanterneVerte 5h
    @cooksonforuci will you work to preserve and protect the great races of the sport, spring classics, monuments, GTs etc #askbrian

    TailWindHome TailWindHome ‏@TailWIndHome 5h
    @cooksonforuci Are you only answering easy questions now? #askbrian @PaulKimmage

    Jack Thurston ‏@thebikeshow 5h
    @cooksonforuci Will you apologise to @graemeobree for banning his bikes ? #askbrian

    Chris Chris ‏@chris_the_tall 5h
    @cooksonforuci #askbrian Given the advantages of the incumbent, do you agree that the President should be limited to 2 terms of office ?

    Peter In Devon Peter In Devon ‏@PeterInDevon 5h
    @cooksonforuci #askbrian When this half hour is over will you go back and read through EVERY question in detail?

    The Group Ride The Group Ride ‏@TheGroupRide 5h
    @CooksonForUCI Shouldn't the UCI promote womens cycling on par w/the men? Minimum salary benefits? #AskBrian

    Charlie ‏@NiceIcePrincess 5h
    @moran_anto @cooksonforuci #askbrian and if not, Why? Complete accounting of UCI finances (including Hein, McQuaid personal banking/UCI)

    Cornelia Howell Cornelia Howell ‏@CorneliaHowell 5h
    @cooksonforuci any ideas on how UCI could help federations promote cycling for youngsters, both racing and recreational? #askbrian

    Anto Moran Anto Moran ‏@moran_anto 5h
    @cooksonforuci Do you like Ireland? #askbrian

    Levi Jones Levi Jones ‏@LevyJones 5h
    @cooksonforuci Thoughts on revenue sharing or some sort of salary cap to even the playing field among world tour teams? #askbrian

    Dave W Dave W ‏@iD4VE 5h
    @cooksonforuci Will you place as much emphasis on other aspects of cycling such as MTB, Downhill & 4X as there is on road cycling? #AskBrian

    Casey Walter Casey Walter ‏@rider1000 5h
    @cooksonforuci Why should we as fans support you? What makes you different from the past? #askbrian

    Alex Murray Alex Murray ‏@leguape 5h
    @cooksonforuci Why was British Cycling partner Sky allowed to invest in GB road cycling without any equality obligation? #AskBrian

    Anto Moran Anto Moran ‏@moran_anto 5h
    @cooksonforuci will you implement a womens commission if you are successful? #askbrian

    Dave (Dim) Dave (Dim) ‏@dimspace 5h
    @cooksonforuci And do you think there is a danger that this election could end up being fought over a single issue.. doping.. #askbrian

    Dave (Dim) ‏@dimspace 5h
    @cooksonforuci Six months ago though, you said that womens cycling had no media interest, or sponsor interest and no to min wage. #askbrian

    Alex Murray ‏@leguape 5h
    @cooksonforuci As President of UCI Road Commission, what have been your main achievements? #AskBrian

    Scott O'Raw Scott O'Raw ‏@velocast 5h
    .@cooksonforuci Should the UCI both simultaneously govern and promote the sport? #askbrian

    Lewis Hill Lewis Hill ‏@Hilly_Hilltop 5h
    @cooksonforuci Hello Brian, would you look to reform current UCI limits on bike technology? Weight limits etc? #askbrian

    Adam Bartlett Adam Bartlett ‏@BartlettAdam 5h
    @cooksonforuci will you make the process for selecting world tour teams mire transparent? #askbrian

    Alexander Hinds Alexander Hinds ‏@al_hinds 5h
    @cooksonforuci Would you push for a region rethink? Oceania currently needs expansion or to be merged if it is to have any value. #askbrian

    Ad Snow ‏@AdSnow 6h
    @cooksonforuci Would you enforce/encourage teams to give more of their budget towards anti-doping tests&measures? #askbrian

    Steve C Steve C ‏@SteveCold 6h
    @cooksonforuci do you see the uci's role as improving the sport or improving cycling in general (general usage, access rights). #askbrian

    Niels Goozzer Niels Goozzer ‏@NielsGoozzer 6h
    @cooksonforuci How about what's most important: great sport. What's your stance on smaller teams in the races? #askbrian

    Luke Allingham Luke Allingham ‏@luke0411 6h
    @cooksonforuci What are your plans to rebuild the credibility of the uci, and cycling? #askbrian

    paul paul ‏@bikerforever68 6h
    Long time to trust UCI again,helped destroy cyclings rep for a generation,bad image,loss of fans #askbrian

    David S. ‏@Courier429 6h
    @cooksonforuci would you penalize riders for riding unsanctioned events? Also would you even payouts for men and women? #askbrian

    CycleSystemsAcademy CycleSystemsAcademy ‏@CycleSystemsAc 6h
    Pierre Roland recently being 'rested' for dodgy test results smacks of cover up&denial. Would this happen under your tenure? #askbrian

    Anto Moran Anto Moran ‏@moran_anto 6h
    @cooksonforuci if you get the Presidents position will you apologise to the 'scumbags' on behalf of the UCI? #askbrian

    Alex Murray Alex Murray ‏@leguape 6h
    @cooksonforuci Why didn't you vote for minimum salary for Elite Women when your GB riders receive it thru lottery funding? #AskBrian

    Chris Walker ‏@ChrisWalker__ 6h
    @cooksonforuci would you advocate NADOs to be non-governmental just like USADA? Would remove national athlete bias surely?! #askbrian

    Anto Moran Anto Moran ‏@moran_anto 6h
    .@cooksonforuci In the interest of transparency will you release the content of the Plant dossier? #askbrian

    Roxanne King Roxanne King ‏@CyclingRox 6h
    .@cooksonforuci Why would the UCI penalize riders for riding non-UCI events? It seems spiteful. #AskBrian

    cris towner cris towner ‏@CrisTT 6h
    @cooksonforuci #askbrian what Segregation of Duties needs to be introduced to UCI to ensure best elimination of conflicts in interests?

    Quintin ‏@qjnmh 6h
    @cooksonforuci how will you look to enhance the women's road race scene?#askbrian

    Michael Richards Michael Richards ‏@mykal1972 6h
    #askbrian C'mon now, what's in that dossier?

    CycleSystemsAcademy CycleSystemsAcademy ‏@CycleSystemsAc 6h
    Does the push to globalise the sport put too much pressure on teams? Should the sport even have races where no fans? #askbrian

    Laura Weislo Laura Weislo ‏@Laura_Weislo 6h
    @cooksonforuci #askbrian how would you balance the needs of race orgs to be in WorldTour with need to hone an ever expanding calendar?

    TailWindHome ‏@TailWIndHome 6h
    @cooksonforuci A what point did you decide you were no longer "100% Supportive" of Pat McQuaid #askbrian

    cris towner cris towner ‏@CrisTT 6h
    @cooksonforuci #askbrian in business we use 3 Lines of Defence concept to ensure compliance to policy/regulation. Could UCI learn from this?

    Mike Pearson Mike Pearson ‏@mikepearson 6h
    @cooksonforuci What will you do to develop & promote women's professional road racing at all levels? #askbrian

    spokeydokeyblog spokeydokeyblog ‏@spokedoke 6h
    @cooksonforuci Do you have any plans to abolish UCI frame & component stickers, plus min weight limit? To help manufacturers #askbrian

    Corinne Corinne ‏@Cor_i_nne 6h
    @cooksonforuci How will you improve women's pro cycling with regards to equal pay & conditions? #askbrian

    Lisa Brambani ‏@bikerbrambani 6h
    @cooksonforuci what about a Junior World Championship for Woman in Cyclo Cross to bring in line with the men? #askbrian

    Paul Kimmage Paul Kimmage ‏@PaulKimmage 6h
    @cooksonforuci There were three plaintiffs (PMCQ, HB and UCI) on the legal suit I was served: Were you party to this decision? #askbrian

    Pat Looney Pat Looney ‏@Funxyzeit 6h
    @cooksonforuci You've been president of BrCycling for 16 years. Do u think there should be a maximum tenure as president of UCI ? #askbrian

    Jai ‏@ddukeofdarkness 6h
    @cooksonforuci What would your plans be to push and promote women's cycling onto a similar scale as men's? #askbrian

    Andy Bennett Andy Bennett ‏@AndyBennett360 6h
    @cooksonforuci #askbrian Would you look at changing the points system to reward hard working domestiques, giving them more currency ?

    Jesper Carstens ‏@JesperCarstens 6h
    @cooksonforuci Should pro teams get some of the money from tv rights? #askbrian

    Kimberley Ramplin Kimberley Ramplin ‏@Kimbo_Ramplin 6h
    @cooksonforuci what are your plans to ensure certainty & security in women's road racing, esp. after Tour of Languedoc shambles #askbrian

    CycleSystemsAcademy CycleSystemsAcademy ‏@CycleSystemsAc 6h
    What will happen to global cycling productions races - 4profit race organisers funded by uci w McQuaid on board #askbrian

    Anto Moran Anto Moran ‏@moran_anto 6h
    @cooksonforuci #askbrian could we have an independent audit of UCI finances since 99?


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