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 !

Jul 19, 2011


Rest day of TDF so Mont Ventoux ! Marking Amy's 6th anniverary by riding out of Bedouin and then again from Moulesences ! Morning was spent around St Paul with Radio Shack personnel and then came across " Georgethecyclist " in the tourist office !

After he received a "Radio Shack T shirt" we headed out on the TDF route of tuesday towards Gap . Heading back i encountered the " Rabobank squad " on their rest day ride and took some photos before sprinting ahead to take a shot of them as they passed through the next village .

Arriving back in St Paul was fortunate to be greeted by the " vintner " who donated a bottle of Red when i was there with the " Dauphine Libere " last year . Received a leg massage after havinf some pasta with truffles then it was off to Bedoiun and two rides uphil in the sun . Plenty of people on the mountain trying their luck but saw many recovering their strength under trees as it was hot on the shoulders all the way up each time regardless of the trees providing a little respite .

Before starting out at Moulesences i came acroos some characters with a Bike Tour Co. whom i keep bumping into , but they were not game to join me even though i didn't let on that this was the second ascent of the day . Asking some about Amy G. just produced blank looks , so they were obviously unaware of the great work that the " Amy Gillett Foundation " is trying to do in Oz ! As i rode up i had "flashes " of recollections of the day in Lausanne in 2005 when i encountered the Aussie Ladies Team who were competing on the " Tour de Romandy Time TRial Course " that day ! Some of the ladies had bought the " Phonak " team kit for family and when i told the principle of the selling team he asked me to bring them back so that he could refund their monies ! Terrific gesture by this guy , but then he was always generous ! A hot sunny day that was to see Cadel win the ITT !

After the descent to Moulesences i hit the road for GAP as i was expecting that the road out of Gap to Briancon would be a nightmare on Tuesday evening . Turned out that even Tuesday morning had stop go traffic and the Thunder and lightning and monsoonal rain reminded me of occasions when i sat in a friends apartment on Mosman Point . The apartment was overlooking the harbour and I watched the amazing lightning storms around the New Year one year ! There were reports of cars being washed downhill on Rose Bay Hill by the floods next morning . Not quite as dramatic as those Tsunamiu scenes in Queensland this year .

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