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 !

Jun 13, 2012


Each year the Dutch take over L'Alpe d`Huez and the road uphill is covered with a carpet of Cyclists intent on reaching 6 ascents in their day ! This year there were two days that were waem and sunny but with temperatures reaching 43C on some corners there were many suffering from the heat .

Most peolpe would be hard pressed to make this Cycle  ride once a year but there were even " Runners " and " Registered Walkers " to be seen in action . Obviously it takes a lot of commitment , to make the journey to France , and i saw many carrying Photos of those taken by that " SCOURGE : CANCER " ! Huge numbers are part of a team , with some like me making the visit alone .

My admiration rests with those that chose to visit with their " Handbikes " ! Can you imagine the effort required to wind these " Vehicles " up this slope ? Certainly they will not challenge the time records set by the " Pro Tour Racers but it takes commitment and courage to make ONE ascent let alone multiples , as  some did with helpers escorting them . My apologies to those i spoke with , i should have written down your names , as i made the photos , but my excuse is that my hands were shaking so much from my own exertions those days .

When talking with the Media i had joked that " I was there taking the part of Cadel Evans , since he was busy in the same area of France with the Dauphine Libere ! the photo above shows us in Morzine where he told me i make an unlikely " Body Double "!

Photos follow :

Met this group below last year when most also were at this event .

Time doesn`t allow me to finish this post today , so more photos later !

Additional photos

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