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 !

Aug 12, 2014


My comment elsewhere says ALL i need to say about Robin Williams :

  "   The World has LOST a STAR ! Not only a Prolific Performer , he was also a Keen CYCLIST ! As Tommo , SBS , & others will tell you , Robin was to be found at " Le Tour " on countless occasions ! Here is my comment elsewhere:

The Greatest Pleasure of 2004 Le Tour was on the final Saturday in the warmUp Paddock . Robin was front & Centre on the " Discovery Team Pullman Area " signing Autographs for all & sundry . Lance made the intro and i had a rambling convo as Robin continued to deal with the demands. Robin made the request for me to assist his San Diego Fdn in the near future but even with stopping on the way through to Sydney , i would still have incurred significant expenses which with No Income would have depleted the Piggy Bank ! Robin has a Hugee Collection of Bikes that will now be orphaned , hopefully someone will step in and see that they go to a Museum/Foundation where they will perpetuate his Memory ! RIP , this great STAR and Avid Cyclist ! Such a prolific performer that was ALWAYS a JOY to watch ! "

The world has LOST a Great and Generous Human being!

Such a tragedy that the " Dark Side " of his personality won and the World will be diminished with his absense ?

With ALL the Major New Networks competing with each other to report the HUMAN Tragedioes in Syria , Iraq , West Africa and Gaza , don't we ALL need light relief ?

BTW   This may be something my readers are aware of :  

During the past few days thousands of the Iraqi Population have been forced to flee for their lives !  In many cases they have left their Homes and previous lives without thought for the future !  Yes PANIC Stricken they have started down a difficult road without even Food & Water . News Media report Countless thousands on Mountains dying of the LACK of Food , Water & Shelter .

Whilst the USA have commenced relief operations since this past weekend , we are now seeing the Major News Networks JOY RIDING on these Relief helicopters !

YES JOY RIDING ! There has been a Chopper downed through misadventure capable of carrying about 20 people .

On board this Flying Machine were 20 or so people , 3 of them were NOT NEEDED on the trip , they were there for the Photo Op ! 2 journos & a politician . What possible benefit to those seeking RESCUE , were these 3 ?  On the outward journey they would have weighed approx. 240Kg , Food & Water left behind , so urgently needed by the DYING !  On the return trip they would have meant perhaps as many as 5 children left on the ground through weight restrictions !

Fortunately for some children , they were not separated from their Parents and as the Helicopter crashed , they did not find themselves in a Hospital .  The 3 extra " deadweight passengers " will be screaming at the misfortune , that left the pilot DEAD !  HOW DARE he risk THEIR LIVES !

Each day i rotate through @CNN , @Skyteam , @BBCWorld , @Aljazeera and when they start a " Selfie ( Self promo ad ) i switch to another !  CLICK ! GONE !  Who wants to watch  an @Amanpour each 20 minutes , even during HER Program?  Sky TV has taken to showing Personality Ads , the same Commentator in Sydney Bush fires , US Snow Storms , Bangkok Riots , etc ad nauseum . 

BBC World have now followed suit , claiming to be the FIRST WITH BREAKING NEWS , as does CNN & SKY ! 


If @France24 TV was more than a 30 minute revolving item , i would be watching it 24/7 , they actually have a few minutes of PAID Ads !   What a relief to get through 30 minutes without " WE ARE THE BEST " drivel !

Robin Williams is currently Breaking NEWS , so Syria has slipped below the horizon , Ebola only got a passing mention due to the SAD DEATH of the Spanish Missionary Priest , RIP , hopefully Pope Francis will Beatify him in the very near Future ?  Even Gaza has taken a back seat , since there is still a day of the latest Cease Fire left !