HELP ME TO SUPPORT THE PARALYMPIC ATHLETES

PARRABUDDY.BLOGSPOT was started to help find a way for “Adaptive / Physically Challenged / Paralympic Cyclists ” to enjoy riding their bikes on the Daily Route of the famous Pro Tour Race Routes such as the “ Giro d’Italia " and the " Tour de France " !


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 !

Over the period of these "Blogs" I have had visibility on Twitter as “Skippydetour” and on Facebook as “Skippy Mc Carthy” where Google usually advise postings on the Blogs as they occur .

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 !

Jan 11, 2010

TOUR DOWN UNDER 2011 early start list


Tour down under athlete start list

I am unable to be at this event


Winter in Europe means Skiing but this season the snowline is higher than normal so as yet have not had the touring skis out.

Below are a few comments to give some idea of those that I have met in past seasons. There are some I will be doing an individual blog on as there have been really enjoyable and note worthy contact.

ASTANA (KAZ)
1. DAVIS Allan AUS
met at end of his first TDF TT, rode back
To team area together, good sprinter!
2. PEREIRO Oscar ESP many meetings and rides, nice guy,speaks
English and approachable for photos,etc.
3. DMITRIYEV Valeriy KAZ
4. GRIVKO Andriy UKR
5. JUFRE POU Josep ESP
6. HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ Jess ESP
7. STANGELJ Gorazd SLO
Team Manager: BONTEMPI Guido ITA


TEAM RADIOSHACK (USA)

11. ARMSTRONG Lance USA nice easily approachable guy when media
are not around. he has been misquoted by
Them so often! Can you image having to
Choose your words to avoid “misquote!
12. IMPEY Daryl RSA
13. MCCARTNEY Jason USA met and rode with on the odd occasiom
14. POPOVYCH Yaroslav UKR lots of good contact in past years
15. ROSSELER Sebastien BEL
16. VAITKUS Tomas LTU
17. STEEGMANS Gert BEL met in previous teams
Team Manager: AZEVEDO Jose POR good managerial skills

BMC RACING TEAM (USA)
21. EVANS Cadel AUS in London told me that he was a Team
Player and had to concentrate on the
Race! Always given me autographs.
22. HINCAPIE George USA the key to Cavendish’s 2009 successes
Lots of time for this great racing Legend
23. KROON Karsten NED
met with at tours
24. WYSS Danilo SUI

25. KOHLER Martin SUI
26. SANTAMBROGIO Mauro ITA
27. FREI Thomas SUI
Team Manager: LELANGUE John BEL met with JM in 1998 when withASO.


OMEGA PHARMA LOTTO (BEL)
31. DELAGE Mickal FRA
32. KAISEN Olivier BEL
33. LJUNGBLAD Jonas SWE
34. LLOYD Matthew AUS great guy whilst with lotto, worker for stars
35. ROELANDTS Jurgen BEL
36. LOWIK Gerben NED
37. VAN GOOLEN Jurgen BEL
Team Manager: REDANT Hendrik BEL great manager very approachable


TEAM HTC - COLUMBIA (USA
41. GREIPEL Andre GER great sprinter, not o/shadowed by Cav 42. ROGERS Michael AUS 3 world TT golds, more to come
43. GRABSCH Bert GER)
44. EISEL Bernhard AUT
45. SIEBERG Marcel GER
46. GOSS Matthew AUS
47. ROULSTON Hayden NZL
Team Manager: PEIPER Allan AUS Legendary racer, inspires his racers


TEAM SKY (GBR)
51. SUTTON Christopher AUS

52. VIGANO Davide ITA
53. SWIFT Ben GBR met at last Giro, easy going guy
54. HAYMAN Mathew AUS Sky’s gain, Rabobank’s loss
55. DOWNING Russell GBR not reached his potential,yet.
56. FROOME Christopher GBR met in italy, easy going guy.
57. HENDERSON Greg NZL
Team Manager: YATES Sean GBR Legendary racer gets good results.

Ag2r La Mondiale (FRA)
61. ELMIGER Martin SUI
62. DESSEL Cyril FRA ridden rest days and rec’d autographs
63. KADRI Blel FRA
64. KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR
65. MANDRI Ren EST
66. RAVARD Anthony FRA
67. TURPIN Ludovic FRA
Team Manager: BIONDI Laurent FRA

TEAM KATUSHA (RUS)
71. McEWEN Robbie AUS blog coming, best of Aussie sprinters
72. PLIUSCHIN Alexander MDA

73. VORGANOV Eduard RUS
74. RIPOLL HORRACH Juan ESP
75. GALIMZYANOV Denis RUS
76. VANDENBERGH Stijn BEL
77. KLIMOV Sergey RUS
Team Manager: KONYCHEV Dmitri RUS

TEAM SAXO BANK (DEN)
81. OGRADY Stuart AUS Long time success, blog coming.
82. VOIGT Jens GER Impressive palmares, great guy
83. KLOSTERGAARD Kasper DEN
84. COOKE Baden AUS met his parents at Luxembourg
85. HOJ Frank DEN ridden with on rest days
86. HAEDO Juan Jose ARG
87. LUND Anders DEN
Team Manager: McGEE Bradley AUS All time FavAussie, Inspiratioal!

MILRAM (GER)
91. FOESTER Robert GER Great sprinter whilst at Gerolsteiner
92. FOTHEN Markus GER

93. ROELS Dominik GER
94. ROHREGGER Thomas GER
95. STROETINGA Wim NED
96. ROBERTS Luke AUS met with teams in europe



97. SCHRODER Bjorn GER
Team Manager: ALGERI Vittorio ITA

FRANCAISE DES JEUX (FRA)
101. CHEREL Mikael FRA
102. PINOT Thibaut FRA
103. HUTAROVICH Yauheni BLR
104. ROUX Anthony FRA
105. SULZBERGER Wesley AUS met at worlds in Stuttgart
106. CAZAUX Pierre FRA
107. VICHOT Arthur FRA
Team Manager: BRICAUD Thierry FRA

CAISSE D'EPARGNE (ESP)
111. VALVERDE Alejandro ESP Blog coming on this old contact
112. SANCHEZ Luis Leon ESP

113. ROJAS Jose ESP
114. GUTIERREZ Ivan ESP
115. GARCIA Jose ESP
116. DRUJON Mathieu FRA
117. PERGET Mathieu FRA
Team Manager: STEPHENS Neil AUS 1st contact in TDF1998, b/bone of
Aussi Road Race Team.

EUSKALTEL EUSKADI (ESP)
121. SICARD Romain FRA reg. rest day training with this team
122. CASTROVIEJO Jonathan ESP

123. IZAGUIRRE Gorka ESP
124. MINGUEZ Miguel ESP
125. NIEVE Mikel ESP
126. SESMA Daniel ESP
127. VELASCO Ivan ESP
Team Manager: GONZALEZ DE GALDEANO Alvaro ESP

RABOBANK (NED)
131. BROWN Graeme AUS met at Trentino in early days
132. CLEMENT Stef NED

133. FLENS Rick NED
134. LEEZER Tom NED
135. MOERENHOUT Koos NED
136. VAN EMDEN Jos NED
137. WEENING Pieter NED
Team Manager: MAASSEN Frans NED


LIQUIGAS (ITA)
141. DALL ANTONIA Tiziano ITA met some in Italy
142. KOREN Kristjan SLO
143. GUARNIERI Jacopo ITA
144. PATERSKI Maciej POL
145. FINETTO Mauro ITA
146. SAGAN Peter SKV)

147. SABATINI Fabio ITA
Team Manager: MARIUZZO Dario ITA


GARMIN TRANSITIONS (USA
151. BOBRIDGE Jack AUS met at Mendrisio, good luck!
152. DEAN Julian NZL lots of contact over many Tours.
153. MEYER Cameron AUS
154. MEIER Christian CAN
155. LOWE Trent AUS rode Giro training in Genoa
156. HUNTER Robbie RSA
Lots of contact at various teams
157. WILSON Matthew AUS met in Europe
Team Manager: WHITE Matthew AUS see Blog, inspirational leader


FOOTON-SERVETTO-FUJI (ESP)
161. BENITEZ ROMAN Jos Alberto ESP met some of these guys at Giro 2009
162. CARDOSO Manuel POR
163. PEREZ ARRIETA Aitor ESP164. GUTIERREZ P. David ESP
165. MERLO Michele ITA
166. PEDERSEN Martin DEN
167. VITORIA David SUI
Team Manager: MATXIN Joxean ESP

QUICK STEP (BEL)
171. VAN IMPE Kevin BEL all new to me
172. FACCI Mauro ITA
173. KVIST Thomas Vedel DEN
174. MAES Nikolas BEL
175. ENGELS Addy NED
176. VAN DE WALLE Jurgen BEL
177. STAUFF Andreas GER
Team Manager: SLYCKE Rik Van BEL

UNISA - AUSTRALIA (AUS)
181. MATTHEWS Michael ACT all new to me, good luck guys!
182. DENNIS Rohan SA
183. CLARKE Simon VIC

184. ROE Timothy SA
185. CANTWELL Jonathan QLD

186. McDONALD Peter NSW
187. Australia open road champion (TBC)
Team Manager: SANDERS Dave (AUS)
More teams will be announced soon.

Tried to remember some of the names not commented on but with the helmets and glasses some racers look so alike. That has caused me to call out a greeting with the wrong name more than once.

Hoping that these notes are helpful to those of you visiting the race in Adelaide.

DOPING, again I am reading of an individual who is as yet under suspicion, but just that is enough to put his fellow racers careers in jeopardy. Not only that but the team helpers are now looking at a bleak future. In this case the South African Sponsor has withdrawn from the sport and if by chance the racer is cleared the damage has still been done.

WHEN are the mugs going to understand that their selfish behaviour will lead to others and their families being hurt? Sponsors are too valuable a resource for individuals to take for granted.

Next time any racer considers taking a substance that is banned, they should think about chopping off a leg instead! They will suffer but their team , family and friends won’t. Sorry Folks but there is no excuse for this shameful behaviour and at least the Europeans are making Jail time an option on conviction.

On a personal note anyone in the area of Adelaide knowing Eddie or Willie Van Muellengraef who grew up in Mannum, have them contact me please.

At the 2004 Tour de France there was a couple in a Camper, he worked for a bank and they had four children, one of which had learning difficulties. They posted an Australian Flag to me in Athens. At that time www.Ausi.com changed server so I lost their email address amongst many others.

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