McQuaid, who is seeking a third term in office, has also listed a whole host of policies to improve women's cycling in his manifesto including a female commission and a new global elite race calendar.
"The UCI must bring a new focus on developing women's cycling," he wrote.
"Inequality in any sport is unacceptable. No distinction should be made between the achievements of men and women in cycling.
"It's not acceptable that women in cycling do not receive the same pay, prize money and conditions as men. It is past time for this inequality to be brought to an end."
But for the likes of Bertine, who is a trained journalist, it's time for action now.
She recalls how she was shocked by cycling's attitude to women after her switch from triathlon.
"The problem with the UCI is that it doesn't think it's sexist because they think its tradition," she added.
"But that's very easy to change. I absolutely believe we'll see a woman at the top one day. It's bit too far off at the moment. We need it to happen sooner."
The idea of a women's Tour is not a completely new one.
The Tour Feminin was held on occasions between 1984 and 2009 but struggled to make any impression following poor sponsorship, unpaid prize money and a legal wrangle over the name.
Britain's Pooley, a former time trial world champion and an Olympic silver medalist, was the last winner of the race in 2009 and is adamant women should be given the opportunity to have their own version of the Tour.
"It's the biggest race in the world," Pooley told CNN. It's a matter of principle, why shouldn't we race?
"It's outdated and old fashioned to think women can't do it --professional sport is there to inspire.
"So many women watch the Tour de France and they should have the chance to be able to be inspired.
"It's a marketing game, it's about sponsorship and money and I know that. But the sponsors and authorities should see the dollar signs because there's a huge growing market and it's growing quickly."
Winner of the last edition of the La Grande Boucle Féminine -- considered to be the closest equivalent to the men's Tour -- in 2009, Pooley believes a women's Tour would capture the imagination of cycling fans across the globe.
"It's a real opportunity," added Pooley. "Look how many people watch the women at the Olympics and enjoyed it.
"I've raced at the Tour of Flanders and Fleche Wallonne and they've been great. The crowd are going crazy at the side of the road and they absolute love it.
"There's no reason why that can't happen with the Tour de France."
Tennis affords women equal pay at grand slam tournaments, which had much to do with Billie-Jean King founding the Women's Tennis Association 40 years ago.
"We look back at tennis and what Billie-Jean did and then look at how women were allowed to run in marathons," added Wellington.
"How foolish does it seem now that women weren't allowed to run in marathons?
"It's all about taking small incremental steps and reaching the highest level. We want to galvanize change at grass roots level.