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 .

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