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 13, 2012


Guess there has to be someone to take down " Paralympic Athletes " who buy product over the counter at a pharmacy ?  Yes , that was a real success there , tygart and your minions at usada , and you get $US9m a year from the US Government ! Proves that there are still some Athletes that inadvertently trust that Pharmacists know the products they dispense . WADA has a huge list of " prohibited substances " that each Athlete is responsible for being aware of , BUT can you recall the last time you consulted the ingredients of a product that you regularly buy ?

Medication is subject to stringent test before it arrives in any Pharmacy and one would have thought that any change in ingredients would need a Name change so that users were made aware of any change . Surely the Drug manufacturers need to check the " WADA list " to see that their product does not contain any " prohibited substance " since they are trying to sell to the broadest possible market ? When WADA decides to add products to their list , it would be after consultation with various authorities and it is unlikely they would fail to notify a drug manufacturer of their concerns about any product .

The mantra is that each Athlete is responsible for their own consumption of Food , drinks and medication but  even then there are well known cases where the Athlete has been able to get a " suspension " overturned . The Mexicans had success with contaminated meats but Contador , the cyclist , was unable to avoid a suspension through  the same ingredient contaminating food that he ate . A Scottish skier at the Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games bought an inhaler in the USA , not realising that there was a change in the US ingredients from that of those in the UK ingredients  .

USADA could be better at what they do if they received cooperation from Event Organisers as partly  detailed in the following source :

There is a lot of comments on this in Cyclingnews forum :

Seems that the USADA not only has difficulties with prosecuting " High Profile " Athletes , but even getting their act together at Events , where they have the right to conduct testing . Going to be interesting to see if the Event Organiser gets a Ban for interfering with " Tests " and how it effects the racing program  .

In recent times the USADA has suggested a " Truth & Reconciliation " tribunal but this will not work since there will be so much work involved in collecting the evidence . Far better they get behind a call to the US Government Authorities to back a WADA / IOC backed "Amnesty for ALL SPORT " . When Athletes both past & present and their support staff , can step forward in ALL COUNTRIES without fear of Legal Proceedings then there will be a chance for SPORT to be given the Cleanout that is so long overdue !

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