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 !

May 21, 2012

Australians Paralympians Preparation

Being in the Varese area overnight i decided to head down to the lake this morning to check on the Ozzie Rowing Squad . It was a delight to discover the AIS Centre that has been built there . Even more to my surprise was that there were members of the Australian Paralympic Cycling Team in residence and i found them in the training area , hard at work even though they had been in Piacenza at the weekend .

Greeted by Mark Jamieson as i arrived , whom i have encountered over the years , i was soon brough up todate with a lot of the news . Since the equipment in use was relatively new , i was unable to take photos , so you will all have to await the next Para events to see what " Cutting edge  equipment will be rolled out for the London 2012 Paralympics .

On hand apart from Mark who is Pilot for Bryce Lindores , were Stewart and Nigel Barley and coach Jenny Banks who was doing some personal training . Mechanics Tom & Tom were hard at work attending to adjustments on a team Tandem . The folks were kind enough to answer all the questions asked of them .

Certainly made my day to find that these guys were getting great support as they set out to compete with the best that will challenge them on the road to London 2012 !

Good luck to ALL !

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