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 !

Aug 31, 2011


Daily jaunts on the bike recently have within a few kilometres headed upwards on fairly stiff grades ! Fact is i get fedup with riding the flat unless it is chasing down a cyclist i see in the distance . In the area of the Tirol that i am currently living there is a diversity of climbs both gentle and severe .

This morning i headed out with a couple of ideas in mind but the bike turned into the Brandenburg Valley and i started up the climb that i had not done recently knowing that there was 25km of a circuit with 15% for 4 km towards the end . Bright sunshine with cool temperatures in the shade so i was comfortable with this direction .

After about a kilometre i was starting to ask myself what i was doing , i wasn't hurting but i was questioning the motivation and whether i should head back to the valley floor and choose another route for the morning's exercise . During the past weeks i had descended on this route several times and promised myself that i would make the climb as soon as possible .

Most of this week my lower back has been a little uncomfortable and i put this down to getting a chill on the back during the night at the weekend . Certainly quick movement results in an uncomfortable sensation so i have to endure until it passes .

Yesterday on Twitter i found the following item :

Remembering this item and the fact that the guy no longer has two legs i decided that the headacke and gut acke that were intruding on my mood were of no consequence . So as the 2km mark passed i decided that i needed to lift my game and not be a whimp . Certainly being on 39 and 23 was a little unsettling as i recalled going up this section previously on the 19 but gritting the teeth persevered . Reaching Brandenberg i decided to add to the jaunt by heading up into the hills behind the village , already at about 1000m+ but exploring took me into other sections of the hillside i had not been in previously .

photo later

On turning back to the main route i came across two Mt Bikers heading up with the intention to go exploring the forests at the end of the paved road .

Descending to the river level i chased into another valley until i came to gravel roads once again so it was back to the main route and thence up the 15% climb for 4km until Aschau and thence up the road above in the direction of Steinberg . Travelling alone i decided that off roading was not a good idea so then it was back to Kramsack but the red car following managed to get pass me in the last kilometre .

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