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 8, 2011


Over the years i have paid attention to those in wheelchairs as this is the only visible measure of this " minority community " and in the last 20km of today's etappe i was able to spot 4 close to the side of the road .

I do not include the older community here as they would be unlikely to play a " wheelchair sport " . Recently i remarked on the fact that 170 Wheelchair cycle racers participated in a " Hand-bike Race" and i am sure there are many more sports that enjoy good attendance .

Along the route today about 9.30am i spotted a large group of "Older folk " shaded by trees BUT with the race 5 hours away one wonders why they had to endure sitting there for so long ? Could be they enjoy chatting or looking at each other but where they were would provide less than the TV in terms of an experience . Nice to get out into the fresh air but was this the way to pass a day ?

Passed " El Diablo " today as he was having lunch with a family group so returned and enjoyed the " fete " but regretably had to leave before the desert , no doubt that would have been worth waiting for also . Christophe and Delphine made note of " skippydetour " on their computer phone , so i hope they relay my thanks to the others for the generous hospitality .

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