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 !

Dec 13, 2015


Following are photos of many Cycling Clubs , in diverse parts of Australia , marking the passing of a Fellow Cyclist !  Social Media has reported little of the events that led to the demise of Nicholas Ruygrok. 

Any keen Cyclists living in the Larger Cities throughout the World , will know that there are       opportunities to get out on an early morning ride with other like minded enthusiasts .                          Nicholas Ruygrok, pictured with his fiancee 

Earlier visits to Oz has allowed me an opportunity to ride in various Capital Cities on the Eastern Seabord of Oz . It may well be that there are couple of young guys reading this , that will recall an occasion near Marrickville Station when i shouted " DOOR " thus saving a DHCC Member from being spilled by a car door being flung open .  

        A normal DHCC Saturday ride ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   DHCC mark the passing of Nicholas on Sunday
                                                                                             with a period of contemplation 

Regardless of in which City , the groups that i have joined over the years , there is an effort to maintain a high level of discipline within the group . Generally there have been plenty of hand signals as well as the calls/shouts to alert the pack , to any hazard , either from in front or behind
 the group .                                                                 

  RIP from the Milano Gators Cycling Club, Adelaide.   

 Yes , i have been in some situations in Italy , where the pack was less than satisfactory . Bank Medilianum runs a daily Peloton at the Giro d'Italia , consisting of the Bank's Clients . Many of these Clients , although keen Cyclists appeared to be unused to riding in group formation . These riders arrive several hours before the Racers depart and get to ride with some of the Famous Ancient / Retired Racers of Italy .  Most mornings involve Gianni Motto and the afternoons Francesco Moser and Maurizio Fondriest .
                                                                                                               Lidcombe Auburn Cycling Club Minute of Silen

When London had a month of bad news for Cyclists , a group called " Stop Killing Cyclists " formed and decided to bring to the notice of the Authorities the lack of facilities/infrastructure , that existed for Cyclists . This past November , the group held their 3rd " Die IN "!  Each of the annual events required hundreds of people lying in the street , thus gaining Media attention . This demonstration of People Power , was an emulation 
of the Dutch Behaviours in the mid 1970s .                  

During the 1970s , there was a problem on
 Dutch Roads that led to the Death of
After several actions such as the Photo on the right shows , the authorities heard the message   "LOUD and CLEAR " !
These days the country is the leading exponent of " SAFE CYCLING " and is followed closely by Denmark !

Both these countries take " ROAD SAFETY " seriously !  
You will NOT SEE the  situation portrayed in the item


 This pictorial shows that some US States                                                                                           believe that CYCLISTS are PEOPLE that                                                                                              CHOOSE a BIKE as their TRANSPORT so       
 as to ENJOY a Healthy LIFE STYLE .

When in Utrecht Suburbs , you will see signs such as these !  It is telling the Driver , that they are GUESTS on these roads !

Having been hit by a TFL Sub Contractor's  Bus,Tom Kearney on recovery from the Physical Injuries, set out to discover why    Transport for London is ALLOWED to operate    a Transport System , that is so broken that , IF ,  it was ANY Other , would be in the sights of the " H & SE " and before the courts for Multiple  Charges of CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER!

May 9, 2015


Those that were regular followers of this Blog , must be wondering about the lack of recent input ?

This was brought about by the Traffic Violence visited upon me on the 10th August 2014 ! What was a rear end collision by a White Van Man became not just superficial injuries , but also a legal nightmare !

Having driven away from the Incident scene , it appears that on reflection , the driver arrived at the Polizei station minutes before me . There he located a person that he appears to have good contact with and " Fabricated a tissue of lies " that caused that Polizei Officer to shout at me " You have broken that vehicle , go inside until i come back to you "!

All photos of the " Broken Wing Mirror " show that it was scraped/gouged " by contact with a hard surface such as brickwork . With no apparent difference to a NEW Vehicle in every Polizei Photo , the Polizei Case Summary was sent through the Prosecution Procedures . By mid September , whilst i was in Espana for the Vuelta & Worlds , there was a decision that the driver had no case to answer .

Before going to Spain i had visited a Lawyer , that having received my  instructions , failed to perform their duties to me ,as their client . They did however send a demand for several hundred Euros , typical Lawyer attitude ?

On return to Austria in early October 2014 , i found a demand from the driver's Lawyer in the amount of Eu370 for repacement of the complete Wing Mirror Assembly !  Farcical , considering that my skin nor bibshorts , were able to even scratch that hardened material ?  Additional Lawyer Expenses took the sum to over Eu500 and having notified a defence the matter was set for hearing in Rattenberg Gericht on 10th december 2014 .

Because the original Lawyers had not performed their duty to me  , i made complaint to the Tirol Law Society  !  What a laugh that turned out to be ! Having emailed twice to their Published Email portal , i visited the Office in Innsbruck and discovered that THEIR Spam filter had decided to treat the matter as irrelevant . It was later discovered in February 2015 that " No Action could be Taken " , due to the receiving Officer on downloading the  " Spammed item " , had NOT advised me that , they required the submission to be in the "  National Language "!  This gem i discovered when speaking in English to the President of the Tirol Law society , during that visit to their Offices in February 2015 .  Subsequent delivery of the document in Deutsch elicited a " NO Case to Answer " response . How could they do anything different to the rest of the Legal World ? Lawsyers stealing from each other , would be an actionable matter ?

With the " Stop Killing Cyclist Movement of London " having an event on the 15th November 2014 , i decided to visit with a 2nd Lawyer on 8th November  to give instructions to recover my Costs for the Medical , Equipment & Clothing expenses created by the apparent attempted Murder/Manslaughter Incident of 10th August .  Instead of London i subsequently arrived in Australia and there received advice from the 2nd Lawyers , that MY Insurance policy for 3rd Party Legal Events was NOT BEING HONOURED by Zurich Insurance ! Quelle surprise ! An Insurance Company splitting hairs , as disclosed in February 2015 , when i visited their issuing office in Innsbruck . Seems they wanted to accept premiums for my need to SUE , but not to DEFEND ! ANY Cyclist needs assistance in order to deal with a Cycling Incident , thus 3rd Party Liability Insurance , RIGHT ?  So as a conscientious cyclist i would need help to SUE someone that caused me injury , but i wouldn't NEED HELP to defend myself  ?  Anyone with a white stick would know that the principle NEED would be to defend ?  Of course the Insurance Agency denied that they " Misled " , when collecting 18 months of premiums .

Whilst in Australia , i had need to have the Civil Matter adjourned twice , thanks to the compliance of the Gericht .  On return to Austria i received by post an invitation to appear in the Gericht , to answer CRIMINAL Charges for " Criminal Damage " to the wing mirror !  This hearing on the 19th March resulted in the " Richter " visiting the Car park to view the wing mirror . On return to the Court Room , there was an " Acquittal "?  Whether the Richter was able to determine that this was a " Stitchup " , was not voiced !  In my dealings with him outside the court room on several occasions , this "Intelligent/articulate individual " refuses to even attempt to speak English . Such is his right , but in an Area reliant on the Tourism Industry , i doubt that he is not aware , if not fluent when  using English outside his official duties ?

Having disposed of the Criminal Matter , the Civil Claim was again set down for hearing on the 8th May 2015 .  On visiting my Lawyers on Thursday 7th May to ensure that ALL Photos had FINALLY been obtained , i discovered that the 2 photos of the Wing Mirror , that CLEARLY showed the Scraping/gouging , had still NOT been supplied by the Polizei . My Lawyers then advised the relevant authorities of this NEED ! Seems that this provoked some matters that i only discovered on Friday ?

On arriving at the Gericht on Friday morning , i went to the offices where they receive the emails . I had sent a request by email  the night before , for court dates that did not clash with the times i would be away from Austria with the Giro d'Italia & Tour de France . On obtaining this Email copy , i went down to the Court Room where i showed it to the Richter !  He was not really interested and handed it back as he went into the Court Room to deal with another matter . When he came out , he told me in Deutsch , that my matter was no longer listed and that i should see my Lawyer for information .

When i arrived in their Schwaz Offices , i was advised that the driver's Case had been withdrawn , seemingly because they had become aware that the 2 Photos had been required for the hearing ?  The secretary of my Lawyer advised that they now were seeking recovery of " Costs "?  No doubt that means " Lawyers Costs " , not Defendants Costs , Pain & Suffering and inconveniences associated therewith ?

With this hullaballoo in progress , there were so many occasions when i wanted to post my irritation about the " INJUSTICE " being inflicted !  Even though i had photoed a NEW Vehicle of the Same model , from a similar same viewpoint , so as to demonstrate to the RICHTER , that there was NO DAMAGE , these items were not allowed as " Evidence " during the Criminal Case !  Laws of Evidence?  My RIGHTS as a Human Being were submurged by the " APPARENT BLINDNESS or lack of diligence " , of ALL that viewed the documents and attached photos  that led to EACH of the Court matters !  Even though the Polizei officer , that took the Original Photos acknowledged that he could see the Scraping / Gouging he had to do as instructed by his Superior Officer !  Had my Camera & Cell Phone not been damaged by the impact with the pavement , i could have taken my independent photos , thus NOT relying , on the Polizei to deliver rather than to hide the relevant photos?

ANY of YOU out there , that are the VICTIMS of Traffic Violence , that rely on others to assist YOU , UNLESS the person is KNOWN to you , DO NOT RELY on them to take Witness details or Photos !  I should have known BETTER  with this Incident , since in 2013 , on the 1st day of 100th  Le Tour , i allowed a Danish Lady Tour Guide , to collect details from her " Client Tourists " , that NEVER eventuated , despite several email pleas for cooperation !  As to the BULLYING Gendarmerie in attendence , when i subsequently visited the Nominated Gendarme Office that night , i discovered that they had given the paperwork to another Office . My emails to obtain assistance proved useless . RAI TV personnel had Videoed and then broadcast the Impact , but did not give me a copy to assist in the persuance of a claim against the Driver whom the Gendarmes had subsequently located . Even when in the " Wrong Gendarme Station " they would not provide the Gendarmerie copy of the Driver details , even though that officer had stated he had seen the incident on the French TV ?

As to how far further i have to go to get JUSTICE and reimbursement for damages of Equipment , Clothing & Medical remains to be seen ?

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