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 !

May 9, 2011

Wouter R.I.P.

Here is my comment to Forum !

"Saw the crash on TV after deciding not to ride back up the pass after parking the car . The descent in the car at midday was treacherous so i knew that the climb by bike .would be difficult . This is a descent from "hell" and thankfully the road was dry so that more were not injured trying to do their job.

No amount of condolences will suffice but i think it was Wouter who was pulling my leg last friday evening whilst he was sitting in a Team car after the Team Presentation and whenever we have met up in the past he treated me always treated me kindly .

To his family friends and co workers i know he will be a great loss ."

Will add more when the dismay departs . Tragic for his wife and Parents and i hope the media will allow them to grieve in peace .

Saw Angelo Z. talk to David Millar at some length when they arrived at the Podium ,so had a bad feeling then . Later on saw Freddy formerly of Quick Step , and other Team soigneurs who had at that tome no further info at that time but there were long faces on those normally involved on the podium as they departed shortly before the racers crossed the finish line .

Team Statement link :

A photo from happier times : Stage 3 of a Giro

Not as eloquent with words as Johan Bruyneel so here is the link to his thoughts :

As Johan and others would like to remember him :

There is a further item on Wouter here .

Some of the many efforts by the Public to acknowledge the passing of this Great Cyclist :

R.I.P. Wouter .

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