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 !

Mar 5, 2012


Businesses rely on Transport Companies to deliver their incoming or outgoing products more and more these days . How do they feel when a cyclist arrives on their premises following the delivery vehicle ? How do they feel when that Cyclist asks them to call the Police or the Company responsible for that Vehicle ?

Usually they don’t want to be involved but they want to know the circumstances . It is a catch 22 situation , curiosity and the desire not to get involved ! Too often they reluctantly will reveal the name of the owner of the vehicle or company involved in the transaction . Usually the driver will have their version of the events leading the cyclist to pursue them . Most often they will try to laugh off the incident as beneath consideration or their time to discuss what took place .

Drivers need to understand that they are responsible for their actions and Cyclists would do well to not let dangerous behaviour pass . Many times a delivery vehicle is only going a short distance before they will stop to continue their business . Involving the aid of a third party will put that driver on the defensive but more importantly it will serve to remind the driver that they are responsible for their employers’ reputation . The Employer is not going to be too happy to have their client ringing them , to advise , they were asked to call the Police for behaviour that took place on the way to the client ?

Rarely will the Police or other Authority attend when requested as there is no injury or damage but I have had occasions when reporting to the client , the drivers’ behaviours , that driver has gone to the Police to put their version of the incident ! Of course , they are still not interested as “ no harm done “ tends to be their attitude , since they were not there to see the event .

Not every cyclist has the time or inclination to follow up an incident , whether armed with righteous indignation or a Helmet Camera , but it would be better to calmly voice the complaint rather than spew a mouthful of abuse at the driver . Abusing the driver puts you at a level below their ignorance and can even assist their inconsiderate attitude !

Helmet Cameras are a great way of assisting recollection of an incident but too often the user , because they are aggrieved , spoil the benefits with ill considered language . Reading a London based , Cyclist’s Blog recently , I saw so many comments from non cyclists winding up the Cyclists . It seems there are those out there that deliberately endanger Cyclists safety , and then look for Blogs so as to brag about their pathetic attitudes and behaviour ! Blog owners would do well to either ignore or delete their contributions !

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