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 !

Apr 27, 2013

Anto Moran : An Irishman of Integrity !

Many visiting here will not have any idea , who Anto Moran is , nor of his Services to Cycling ! This man was a member of the Cycling Ireland Board until it's meeting of 12th April 2013 . That meeting was called to discuss the nomination of Pat Mc Quaid for a third term as president of the UCI ! As the only person actively dissenting on this vote , he had the courage of his convictions , and promptly resigned . He then took time to scrutinise the minutes of that meeting and discovered a defect . Rather than grandstand , he turned over his research to the Cycling Ireland Board and allowed them the time to act . That they then called the 3rd Option of the 12th April meeting , reflects to their credit .

Whilst all this was going on Anto Moran was approached by many , Asking/demanding , that he reconsider his decision . Out of all this came the fact that there was a groundswell of opposition to the " Nomination " . It is reported that in excess of 30 clubs voiced their disapproval of that decision , thus Cycling Ireland became aware that they were facing a Crisis . As time passes , the number of Clubs rejecting the " Nomination " will grow and in the next weeks , we will see the " Extraordinary General Meeting " called with HOPEFULLY , ALL Members allowed to vote , rather than Club Office Holders . Not being aware of the Club Constitutions , it is difficult to speculate about HOW " C.I. " will go about obtaining a result .

Below is my comment to a variety of sites :

  "  Awoke today to the GOOD NEWS that Cycling Ireland has taken responsibility for it's defective meeting on 12th April ! It appears that certain actions at that meeting , contradicted " Correct Procedures "!

 When i wrote my Parrabuddy .blogspot post the 13thApril , i called on members of " C.I. " to find ways to overturn the Board's decision . I had not expected " Anto Moran's resignation " , nor that he would reflect on that meeting and then examine in detail the procedures and FIND an issue that he then took to the board , thus allowing them a " Facesaving decision " to revisit the " Nomination "!

 In the interim , others were quite rightly , working behind the scenes to find the numbers to CALL an " EGM " . That the " Board of C.I." decided to call an EGM last night , before it was forced upon them  , does them credit .

 There is a growing Groundswell in Irish Cycling , that will see the EGM , if ALL Members are allowed to vote , cast phat into the wilderness !

 Should C.I. reject phat , it will reflect badly on the Swiss if they choose to listen to the entreaties of the Aigle Tag Team Duo ! phat & fordruggen have NOTHING to offer the Future of Cycling Sport , OTHER than " SSDD " and the derision of the other Sports Federations !

 When UCI meet at the 2013 Congress , they need to VOTE NEW Policies & Procedures , so that " NEVER ; Never , never , will the Executive be able to offer concessions for brown paper bags !

 Indeed they will also need to make CERTAIN that " Anti Doping " is controlled by a Third Party , so as to remove the temptations that have existed until this year !

 Too late to wish James Burn a happy retirement , since he has surfaced as a Board member of the same IOC that banned him from competition , lets ALL hope that the Bag of tricks , is finally empty !

Anto Moran , has served Cycling Ireland well with his " UNPAID SERVICE " , he deserves to be treated with respect and i for one am grateful for his dedication to Cycling !

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