John “Kippers” McQuaid

My Gerard Experience

More than 15 years after retiring from high-level racing, I decided to get back into it again and chose a Gerard Force 90 for the job.

My goal was to train for the Race the Rás Sportif, a version of the nine-day stage race that I had ridden many times, winning ten stages. Just from my measurements and riding style, the bike came to me set up beautifully and I truly can say that I feel one with it as I ride. I was a fair sprinter in the day and love how stiff it is, so that everything I put into the bike transfers to speed. And it’s pleasantly compliant on the rough roads we have around here. I wouldn’t think of changing bikes, except maybe for the latest Gerard model.

What are the odds? Out with my Gerard Force 90.

About John


Dublin Ireland


Dublin, Ireland



Claims to Fame

1983, 1985Champion—Irish National Senior Road Race Championships
1982Champion—Irish National Track Championships (1 km Time Trial)
19881st place—Stage 6, Hessen Rundfahrt, Germany
19841st place—Stages 7, 9, and TTT, FBD Milk Rás (Tailtean), Ireland
19872nd place—Stage 1, Guinness 2-Day Race, Ireland
19883rd Place—GC (General Category) Nine-day FBD Milk Rás (Tailtean), Ireland

Pro Team(s)

  • 1980-1988: Irish National Team
  • 1988: Seoul Olympics—Road Race and TTT (Team Time Trial)

Current Gerard Cycles Bike

Force 90

Off the Bike Obsession

Playing golf

My Links

McQuaid Custom Clothing


1983 World Amateur Championships

Sitting in third wheel representing Ireland in the amateur road race at Altenrhein, Switzerland. Greg Lemond won the pro race.

1988 FBD Milk Rás (Tailteann)

Winner of Stage 3.

1982 FBD Milk Rás (Tailteann)

Stretching the quads before the flag drops.

Off the Bike

Sinking the winning putt for the Hollystown Golf Team.