HELP ME TO SUPPORT THE PARALYMPIC ATHLETES

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 !

Sep 4, 2011

JEANNIE LONGO ! A Legend in our Time !




Podium Cafe did a post on the remarkable " Jeannie Longo " whom i have had the pleasure of meeting many times since the original encounter in Sydney 2000 Olympic period when she was recognoitering the "Womans Road Race Route "!

The Podium comments threw up an interesting article from 2001 but the Lady is now 10 years older and even more competitive and as long as she keeps winning the National Titles i hope she refuses to retire !

Jeannie is an Inspirational Sporting ICON and there are people who being jealous of her commitment and passion for Road Race Cycling tend to scorn her accomplishments ! They are the losers since everything she does for Womens' Cycling benefits her Country and colleagues ! THE LINK !


In googling for information about Jeannie i disovered this blog :

http://cyclingart.blogspot.com/2011/06/jeannie-longo-58th-for-1958.html

Of course the best source of information remains " WIKI " !:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeannie_Longo

This site also has a wealth of information and links to other sites , which site was put together by fourth grade students with a passion for cycling ! :

http://www.pocanticohills.org/womenenc/longo-ciprelli.htm

There is a facebook item also that i found but am unsure of the authorship :

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeannie-Longo

There is also an item to be found by ESPN , the TV Channel in USA who used to report from the Tour de France :

http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/summer08/fanguide/athlete?athlete=8239



AS mentioned in my post on " El Diablo " i first encountered Jeannie when i rode the Sydney Women's Olympic Road Race course with her the Sunday before the race . Since that time i have enjoyed being recognised by her at many cycling events and recall being introduced to her father in Sion at the " Romandie " after the Women's Time Trial .

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