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 !

Apr 27, 2011


Drive from Mayrhofen to Munich Airport without using accelerator or brakes ! You would think it almost impossible but during early April i was for a week driving a Volvo 4WD S60 which with Cruise Control and Anti Collision Technology left me to steer and press a few buttons to adjust speed as and when required . Of course my foot was always close to the foot brake since it takes a lot to get used to the vehicle's computer doing all the work . Volvo were major Sponsors of the "Snowbombing Event" and used these cars to transport the DJs and other VIPs .

Airline Pilots must have the same sensation when they feed in all the data to their computers before the passengers board for their flight . Some years ago i recall driving from Oxfordshire to the Zillertal in my car with no need to use the brakes except at stop lights , which were few along the route through France, belgium ,Luxembourg and Germany .

Whereever i go in my Citroen ZX i try to be as light on the fuel as possible but this also means that i am not the fastest away from the lights or somewhat slow to utilise overtaking situations . Prefering to wait for a clear road rather than using violent overtaking measures certainly feels a lot more comfortable and is easier on the car and passengers .

Apr 26, 2011


Honoured with a visit to the Presentation Podium once again in Andalo at the start of day 4 of Giro del Trentino .

Once again the weather in the Trentino region is sunny and warm which should encourage more visitors to what i regard as the friendliest of the Tours on my annual program . With this being Easter week i am surprised that more international visitors are not on hand to witness the strong showing of talent leading up to the Giro d'Italia .

Overnght i was the guest of the Croche Blanca in Fai Paganella and they were kind enough to allow me access to the internet to catch up with the posts of the weeks action . Took the long road around to Andalo wih breathtaking scenery that you pay little attention to as you struggle up the mountain , hard to pay attention to the corners as you absorb the scenery .

In the Pullman Parking area i was able to farewell a few of the racers since their teams do not qualify for later events that i plan to visit . When i eventually reached the presentation area i had the chance to chat with Gibo Simoni who was as usual in an ebulant mood . Aftr being called up to the podium by the speaker i listened to his long winded description of my previous visits and answered a few questions in my parrot fashion Italian . "Aiuto Disabili" and such i have had 11 visits to practice but some of the questions needed translation .

Took the direct route to Madonna as i had a Lunch appointment with Cristina who teaches in the local primary school , and met up with her in the town centre Cafe where she was having Brunch with local friends . A pleasant interlude before going to her home to have lunch with her two daughters . Pasta was followed by fried Lettuce , something i have not eaten before in this manner but will be trying to prepare myself in the future .

Coffee and cake left us short of time so instead of walking i raced up the final kilometre and arrived some minutes by the race . Whilst waiting Francesco Moser repeatedly asked where Cristina was because she had to walk as there was no car access even through the back way . Thursday i had put Francesco on my phone to Cristina who is the sister of a guy he used to train with when making a beginning to his illustrious career . As it turns out he had also met her in the Gran Sasso many years earlier when she was there for skiing and he for cycle training although he is also an accomplished skier and wins ski races even these days .

When Cristina finally arrived Michelle Scarponi was just coming off the Podium so i introduced her and he was gracious enough to offer the podium bouquet . I also introduced her to Tiago and Luca as they came down . When Francesco came over they gotstuck into reminiscences so i had a chat with the day's winner Roman K. and Popovitch and a few other racers . The team manager of Nippo was also there as the team had won the team award and i had the chance when speaking with him to find that he hadn't expected any podium results so was really pleased with his team's results . Photo of Crstina with Moser aftcollecting the bouquet .

On the way back to Austria i stopped in at Bruno's Orchard in Cloz , had missed him in January as he was in Sth America on vacation. He related the story of my meeting a regular guest at his Pension in the Jura Mtns during the Tour de France . As mentioned in another post i had been cycling the Tour route a day ahead of the race as i short cut two stages into one so as to have extra time in Morzine . As was riding up the hill i saw an Aussie flag so shouted "Swing the Billy " an Heidi arranged a cuppa for me . With her was an English family who i would see on the TV the next day and her boyfriend who is German . Seeing two bikes before i left i asked who the other bikers were and she then said she rode all over europe on her motorbike . Having confirmed that she visited Italy i asked if she visited the Valley Non and she said "So you are the Guy Bruno speaks about!" . Small world indeed and of course she related the story when she again visited Bruno in October last year .

Previous days reports are on .Should you enjoy reading of my visits to the various tours follow on twitter/skippydetour or sign on as a follower on these blogs in the way Georgethecyclist has done . Even when off exploring he makes the effort to checkout what i have been doing . Wednesday, tomorrow he flies into Paris to start his European adventures once again and i am off to the Tour de Romandie . Tour de France posts this year will again be emailled only to those registered as following .

Apr 21, 2011

Giro del Trentino

Using my Blog to report on the action in this my 11th visit to the Giro del Trentino .

Link here .

Update on TheCyclingSilk "road rage incident" . Success through persistence ! Hope they don't slap his wrist and send a message to other "miscreants that threaten Cyclists" !

Apr 12, 2011


Megabyte theft annoys the hell out of me ! Twitter "mentions" showed that @atlbike on 3rd April had included something I had posted to my blogs so I go through for a look and get the 12th April (today’s) edition , 15 mb gone ! Used his google entry point to track down the 3rd April but got the 25th Feb instead , so try again but without success . This time the hit totals out at 35 MB and that is the end of the search from my point of view !

Well meaning postings by sites do not always cause me a problem but living in a marginal area I have huge problems getting into twitter so it amazes me that the 24bit/sec speed results in huge hits when I arrive on the site that has been tweeted . Twitter feeds that I follow are generally informative and so I open up the link in a separate window so as to see what there is on offer .

Buying a Gigabyte at a time each month I try to stay below that for the month , which means about 30 MB each day and having started the month heavily I was happy that being busy the last 10 days meant that usage was slight BUT today is now well out of order . Using Microsoft Works Word Processor I am able to prepare a posting and use less time on the Broadband but computer speed can be a problem .

Blogger statistics puzzle me as there is a difference between the posts visited and page views. Wish i could get someone to walk me through this as there are several other issues i need to understand so as to put together a better presentation on my blogs .

Past 10 days I have been driving a Volvo 4 wheel drive transferring VIPs from various airports to Mayrhofen for the “Snowbombing Event”, that has now finished . Later posting in my other blogs will fill out the details of the personalities that I encountered during these transfers .

No point asking you to follow @Skippydetour or sign on as a follower of the blogs because the past requests have met with a lack of interest . There is a new posting in Tourdafrance.blogspot copied from Cyclingnews Forum worth a visit .

14/04/11 Hurstville Velodrome is threatened with the chop so visit to see how you can help !