Interview: Cedric Gracia

Feb 11, 2013
by Matt Wragg  
 
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Cedric Gracia. What is there to say about the flamboyant Frenchman? Over the years he's been on top of the podium in downhill, 4X, Rampage and now even an enduro race. More than that though, while we haven't seen him on a World Cup podium in a while, he's still the one everyone is waiting for to come down the hill. He has always looked like he's having more fun than everyone else, both on and off the bike, and somehow it's infectious.

At the start of the 2012 season it was looking like he had found his best form in years, with fewer suicides over 60-footers and a return to raw pace. But in the second race at Val di Sole he went down hard in practice, ending his season, and as we find out below, very nearly a lot more. We caught up with him at the launch of Santa Cruz's V10c at Massa Vecchia in Italy to see him take his first runs on a downhill bike since his horrific crash, and chat with him about injury, recovery and having fun riding bicycles.

Moustache
  This was as close as we could get to a serious portrait photo...

We have to start with your crash... Talk us through it.

What happened was basically a mechanical problem. When I found out it was already too late. My speed was increasing, and I tried to throw myself out of the bike, but it was off-camber. All of sudden, things were going way too quick and the only thing I saw was that if I went straight I was going to kill a cameraman and I didn't really want that... I tried to put myself behind the bike and to hold on, but with the G-forces, it basically threw me the opposite way and I was reversed in the track with my bike in my hand. I threw the bike and went head-toes, head-toes forwards and on the last impact I saw a big stump behind me, and I was thinking, "Will I clear it?" When I saw I was going to land with my back on the stump I got really scared and I grabbed my legs to do a bomb. I basically bombed into the stump and broke my hip.

I knew right away. I tried to get up and my body was just in two pieces. I didn't know the worst was yet to come. I knew my hip was broken, but I didn't know my artery was broken as well, that I was leaking blood everywhere. That's why in two days I almost died twice. Nobody knew it at the time, now I can say it because I'm alive hahaha, but I didn't want everybody to know. The first time I felt myself dying I knew it, I was warm, I wanted to sleep. They couldn't figure out what it was, why I was leaking, but after a while they looked and I only had three litres out of six left in my body because everything was going into my stomach. I couldn't pee, I couldn't breathe, none of my body was working any more. They couldn't see anything during the first surgery, so they brought me back for another surgery, and after two and a half hours they found the leaking problem, but I had already lost a lot of blood; I only had two litres left by then. Normally, if you only have two litres, you die. I managed to live, which was good. Then they tried to get my haemoglobin a little bit higher for the next surgery and they started to inject me with EPO and ferretin together for a week, just to keep me alive. After a week I told them to stop and I would eat as much meat as I could and after that they did the surgery.

MASSA VECHIA ITALY - 05 November 2013 during the Santa Cruz Bicycles V10 launch with Steve Peat Greg Minnaar and Josh Bryceland Photo by Gary Perkin flipper
  This is a photo many people, including Cedric himself, feared they would never see: him back on a downhill bike and having fun... This was his first time on a downhill bike since his crash and he looked to have lost none of his magic. (Photo courtesy of Santa Cruz/Gary Perkin)

It all sounds like a nightmare scenario.

That was f*cking horrible... Crashing, breaking bones I don't mind, but when you depend on people and they don't find what it is, the leaking problem, they don't know how to solve it because they don't have blood to do the transfusion, that's pretty bad. You just wait and hope somebody finds a solution. It's good now, I'm alive and I'm riding!

I've heard there were problems getting you off the hill in the first place?

They didn't do too bad, it was hard, but they had to climb like a full wall. They made it, and after that they figured it out. When the guy looked at me and he had his hand on his head and he shook his head, when I looked at that guy, talking Italian that way I thought I was f*cked. I thought I was broken in four because he said "quattro", when really he said "quaranta" and there's a big difference. I was a big a*shole to manage, that's why it took nine hours in surgery to get all those bones into place in France. They tried, but they didn't know if it would work. There was another case like mine a year ago and the guy died on the table, because there was too much blood, that's the part of your body where you bleed the most. I got lucky, I didn't die. I guess nobody wanted me up there. They said, "Cedric? f*ck him, just leave him here so we can play our little harps, so when he comes up he'll be old and relaxed." We laugh now, but I wasn't laughing then. Some Italian guys tried to find my hospital and tried to bring me some compotes and apples, things like that as it was all I could eat. Reading the comments from my Facebook fans was maybe one of the best things I have ever seen, because I could see people were caring and it was cool. I had to fight.

MASSA VECHIA ITALY - 05 November 2013 during the Santa Cruz Bicycles V10 launch with Steve Peat Greg Minnaar and Josh Bryceland Photo by Gary Perkin flipper
  Popping over a tight rock section. (Photo courtesy of Santa Cruz/Gary Perkin)

How is the hip now?

It's good, I'm good. I got out of the hospital in a wheelchair, but it's been five months now. They told me after a year and a half I would be able to walk normally, but I would limp for sure and there was no way I could ride my bike because there would be too much stress on the pelvis. I thought, "f*ck, what am I going to do?" Day-by-day, I just thought, "I'm going to give as much as I could and if it works, it works. I'm not worrying about my life, but I want to ride bikes." I worked hard, I went to the gym every day until I passed out on the machines. The same in the swimming pool, just doing metres and metres and it unlocked my hip. After four months I got rid of the crutches and could walk alone. At first, I couldn't even remember how to walk, because I was laid in bed for a month and two weeks. I wasn't functioning properly. I lost all of my ass, I lost 17kgs, I looked like a piece of shit. I have photos and it's disgusting. Now, I'm back on my bike and almost back to normal. I'm still missing a lot of muscle, and I'm not really fit.

Having seen you flying up a steep climb, you don't seem to be in too bad form.

I don't feel like it. Maybe because I'm starting from ground zero, but maybe my fitness and muscles are stronger than before. When I started to ride a month and a half ago, I thought, "I may as well go big or f*cking do something else." So I started climbing mountains and mountains. When I was at the top and felt good, I'd go down and do it again. I'd go home and I was so tired I was just falling asleep, because it was so much training all of sudden for my body. But it worked, because now I can push and I feel good. I lost a lot of technique, but this will come back with riding, and I'm not worried. Where I am today, and winning my first race four months after the hospital, I was pretty stoked to be in front of Fabien. I didn't know how I would do, I just went to that race with my wife and the dog to hang out and ride. I had a lot of fun, it was really cool, but if someone had told me before that I'd win, I wouldn't have trusted them because I was in a shit position. It's funny how quickly you forget where you were, especially when you're having a good time. When I got back on my downhill bike today I was expecting maybe to get scared on the downhill runs. The first run I went easy, and the second run I was already pinned. I was thinking, "What an idiot."

Putting power down.
  He wasn't hanging around on his trail bike either.

Have you always trained this hard?

No, not really, before I was just smoking crack, hahaha. No, when I was young I didn't do much, I was just playing with my mates, playing Playstation with my mates and riding when I could. I always enjoyed riding, but I decided to train four years ago when I saw the level was getting higher and my age was not getting younger. I thought I'd better do something, and I enjoy training now. For me, it's just cool to be healthy, it's a lifestyle, I don't want to be a fat f*ck. It's a good reason for me to go drinking too; if I drink then I train hard to balance it out.

Would you count yourself as a rider, or just a racer?

I always used to think I was just a racer, but f*ck... I've always enjoyed riding. In the beginning I was riding all-mountain trails, for me that was what riding was like ten years ago. I always liked that kind of ride, downhill was a luxury because you have a lift and can go and shred down. I think I always liked riding and I always will. When I'm done racing, done with everything with biking, I will still go riding by myself and with my friends. Biking is so cool, you're in the forest, you hang out. Hitting a berm sometimes can make a day incredible because you hit it just right. You close your eyes at night and think about how amazing that berm was. It's just a f*cking berm made of dirt, it's pretty amazing. I don't get this with other sports.

Close to the Syndicate.
  Taking dinner with the guys from the Syndicate.

What do you ride when you're at home these day?

Between races, if the park at Vallnord is open, I ride the tracks in the bike park with the V10 or the Nomad, it depends if I want it to be rougher or more technical. Sometimes I take my enduro bike and I just go riding. I pick some softer trails to have a different feeling on the bike. When I was racing 4X I was taking my hardtail with two brakes up into the bike park and riding all the way down on it with no suspension. Just to get the feel, you can have fun looking for the best line. This helped me a lot in 4X - just doing something different as you can't do the same shit every day. It can be hard to take days off to let your body recover. You see all these people having fun and it's so hard not to touch it. You're saying to yourself "f*ck, f*ck, f*ck." It's like a drug, that's what I do, I ride as much as I can... You have to back off sometimes as you get tired, not of riding, but physically, you need to be fresh to race.

After doing so well racing enduro in Spain, do you think it's something you'll do more of?

Yeah, I think it's my future. I didn't know that enduro was that much fun. I ride it and I don't feel like it's a competition for me, it's just having fun, so why not? I like downhill a lot, I will always ride downhill, but I think after a while it will be hard for me to compete with the big boys and then what I'm going to do is ride, ride, ride. I'm going to do more camps, do a lot of camps, because I think I need to teach some people and I think it's fun. I'll start to do enduro because there will be more races, and an international series - it could be really cool. But f*ck, I'll always ride big bikes, I will always ride big bikes just to jump big stuff. I hope I have them in my garage and every day have the luxury, the rich person's problem of going "Which bike am I going to take today?" I think this is a rich person's problem, being able to choose your bike and I am pretty fortunate to have four different bikes in my garage ready to go. I don't think many people have this chance. Especially when you have to buy them - that's being rich right there, I'm happy. I consider myself rich for the stuff I have for sure. Not in terms of money, but in terms of access the bike park, riding, quality of life and good friends. That's something money can't buy.

Pouring wine for Rob Roskopp.
  Although not a Syndicate rider, Cedric is very close to the guys at Santa Cruz.

Have you thought much about what you'll do after you call time on your racing career?

Obviously, when you're sitting where I was sitting, you have to think about what you would do if you could not ride bikes. I will be working, I am lucky in that way, I have never been the guy who stays at home and does nothing. I have always felt kind of guilty to be paid to ride my bike, I always thought it was kind of unfair for people who don't have this chance. I always work - on my Facebook, on my email, on my team, with my sponsors. It takes a lot of time every day, it's a full day and I don't have weekends as I'm racing. I don't have summer, I didn't have summer for fifteen years of racing. People go to the beach, have fun, get wasted, I don't. But... It's so much more that I have right now, coming to somewhere like here, Massa Vecchia in Tuscany, it's priceless. I need a job when I'm done riding my bike as I have too much energy and I think I have too much to give. I don't want to be an idiot, I need to keep using my head. I don't know if I will always work in mountain biking, there is a lot of interesting work, but whatever I do will involve riding.

It strikes me that you don't seem to take any of your success for granted.

I was educated like this. My mum would f*cking kill me if I was thinking like that and my dad would take my balls off. No way. It's all about education, it doesn't matter if you're from a rich family or not, I'm not, everything you have, you have to appreciate it. If you don't you're an idiot. I meet a lot of people who have lots of money and they're pretty f*cking cool, but I've also met a lot of a*sholes with a lot of money too. In mountain biking we're pretty safe, most people understand the riding is what's important. But for sure, a lot of people at the top of the World Cup, when you see the attitudes of some of them, they think they are the shit and nothing can happen to them. That makes me sad and I usually don't talk to those guys. Too cool for school? F*ck you, get out of here, don't even talk to me... I don't have time for this, hahaha.

Don t leave your phone with CG...
  Don't leave your phone with CG...

Has your career changed as you've got older?

I have more time now to meet people than I have ever had. Yesterday night was so awesome, to meet all the fans here in Tuscany. They were so stoked and just to see the smile on people's faces is enough, that's worth a lot. People buy your products, especially products you've been working hard on and to see them stoked makes me proud. It's fun to see people interested in what you're doing, it's awesome - I'm a happy guy.
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116 Comments

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 This should totally be on the front page! This just shows how strong he is not only as a rider but as a person, he's definitely one of my favorite riders if not my favorite
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 CG!!!!! Man, what an inspiration.
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 "I knew my hip was broken, but I didn't know my artery was broken as well, that I was leaking blood everywhere. That's why in two days I almost died twice."




Cedric, you one tough MOFO
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 Strong rider, strong person in general, and one of the most light hearted guys ever, My favourite line was

"Normally, if you only have two litres, you die. I managed to live, which was good."
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 "The first run I went easy, and the second run I was already pinned. " The first run he did was probably faster than 90% of PBikers. He really told the Harp players, "Not today".

Je suis content de te voir de retour Cedric, tu nous manquait.
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 Too cool for school? F*ck you, get out of here, don't even talk to me... I don't have time for this, hahaha


awesome hhahah youre a champ!
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 His game is shite!!!!
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 "I managed to live, which was good". Nough said.
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 Rather nonchalant about it.. Perhaps this is why he's such a ripper.. He looks danger in the face and says, "let's do this!"
I'll agree.. it's quite good that you lived!
and really stoked that you're back ripping it up!
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 When humanity finally fucks up big time and destroy modern civilization in a global nuclear war, only cockroaches will survive... Cockroaches and THIS bad ass motherfucker! He is a true legend and inspiration. Especially for everyone who has taken a serious hit at some point, and had to fight their way back through willpower and pure, genuine, unadulterated love for mountain biking.. You're the man, CG!
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 I agree, he indeed deserves to join the excusive club, right now the nominees are: cockroaches, Silvio Berlusconi, Jack Nicholson and Keith Richards.

In the common room in the bunker they will have a picture of Bear Grylls with the subtitle: mad props for trying!
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 Don't forget Kevin Bacon and Anrnie
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 Don't you mean Cher?
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 Sorry Angryham but both Arnie and Kevin - too little drugs, too little alcohol, too little plastic surgeries. Cyrix - Cher applies big time! Forgot about her! We can add Mickey Rourke, maybe even Lindsay Lohan if she continues her career this way. A big bunch of models might get a ticket - their ability to survive months on a cup of yoghurt and a truck of cigarettes is impressive! Most of top roadies and runners should get there as well, their hormone production system has been obliterated and they're still here.
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 R. Downey Jr
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 What a fucking BOSS!
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 Man , I had no idea he nearly died when he broke his hip. But to come back from that , especially when the doctors tell you don't ride again , that's unbelievable. If he died I actually think I'd cry.
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 I agree, I definitley would have cried. But even after that he is still so chill, and it takes pretty huge balls to even come near a bike once you almost die on one. His attitude toward life is so impressive. And he shreds like a boss!
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 "Biking is so cool, you're in the forest, you hang out. Hitting a berm sometimes can make a day incredible because you hit it just right. You close your eyes at night and think about how amazing that berm was. It's just a f*cking berm made of dirt, it's pretty amazing. I don't get this with other sports." This sums everything up
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 I've been watching Cedric for 10-11 years. The first DH race I went to was in Idaho in 2003 and I knew he would be a legend. My buddy and I scrapped enough money together to stay a few days just to watch Cedric and Tara Llanes. I even got to talk to Tara, while we watched the 4X!! My buddy passed away a few years ago, but I will always remember that race. Such good times. I was amazed at how fast Cedric and Minnaar rode down the Alter Boy section. That was the race that changed my opinion of DH racers. I was completely amazed at what a rider could do. Thank you Cedric for being such an inspirational rider. Stay strong and keep riding. Its good to know there are still strong willed people out there.
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 Be yourself, unless you can be like Cedric Gracia... Then be like Cedric Gracia Absolute legend in my eyes
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 ''' Normally, if you only have two litres, you die. I managed to live, which was good. I got lucky, I didn't die. I guess nobody wanted me up there. They said, "Cedric? f*ck him, just leave him here so we can play our little harps, so when he comes up he'll be old and relaxed." ''


T H A T I S SO MUCH OVER R A D !
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 it is great to see "The Entertainer" back on the bike and ripping it up, Didnt realise his injuries were that severe, but awesome to see him back on the bike and shit stirring by taking pics of his ummm, belt, yeah, his belt on other peoples phones!!
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 I've heard that after crashing on Swedish cup and breaking his jaw, Matti Lehikoinen also has' been on the edge because of "casual" bleeding. They've laid him in a wrong way in the ambulance so the blood from broken jaw was going into his throat not allowing him to breathe... I guess an accident really ends when you're back on the bike again - all the best CG!
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 Poor Matti =[
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 Did anyone else read this interview in his voice? awesome article, i havent been able to ride properly for 8 months and havent ridden at all for the last 5 due to a broken wrist, i was already pumped to get back on the bike and now im even more stoked!
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 I still remember the first time saw Cedric ride , in " ride the lightning " . Me being XC hardtail new to MTB on a $800 bike I had no idea guys were doing this type of riding . He was the first guy I saw ride DH and he was really fast , very cool and having a blast . After watching that Vid 1000 times and two months later the DH devil took my sole . Thanks Cedric
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 I first saw him in NWD5. That's when I decided whatever I did, I needed to be riding mountain bikes, even though it was 4 years before i could afford one. I used to watch that clip every day before work. It got me through the day! To see him back on the bike after a crash like that is the greatest inspiration.
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 Amazing article! How many people still read his name as garcia instead of gracia some times?
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 Words cannot describe how glad I am he survived and is punishing the bike again, such a inspiration to me!! Ily Cedric
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 There was an article in BIKE Magazine some years ago on CEDRIC GRACIA - THE GREATEST MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDER EVER.. something like that. He was on the cover on that issue. Indeed, he just might be the greatest. When he was young and didn't do much training - he was winning. That's how legendary this guy's talent is on the bike. He continues to be an inspiration now - not only in mountain biking but in life.. Hope to meet you one day CG.
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 Cedric Gracia is a spirit of sport lifestyle and everything what MTB means! Such a legend and such an inspiration! We all should visit his camps and learn from him. Not technics, but philosophy! It's really great to see him back on a bike, nothing to say about his shenanigans!
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 I wish you are right and heaven or hell, angels or devils let you calm down many more years on the bike and in the mountains.
Many great words in this interview to be written in The Big Book of Mountain Biking. Thanks Cedric

" You close your eyes at night and think about how amazing that berm was. It's just a f*cking berm made of dirt, it's pretty amazing.>"
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 Welcome back my idol, welcome back - it is really good to see you on your bike again. I started downhill becouse i saw you doing such a good ride and having fun in the videos - and now you are back, such a LENGED! You show me what is downhill, and downhill is for me: having fun i mean real fun, you are in the forest and no one tell what to do or what to not, just enjoy the few minutes of your life, and you just can't get enough and want more and more and more. Your every little time just to thinking which line is better how could be faster on the track, and with hard work you get better as you deserve it. Very good to see back CG, im really happy, and proud of you now.
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 Way to LIVE Cedric, and I mean really live. My experiences on the world DH scene wouldn't have been the same without your shenanigans. And to Matt Wrag, that shot (the first dinner pic), is phenomenal... the lighting and facial expressions are perfect.
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 Always was and still is my favourite rider ever.... He doesn't always win, but boy does he have style and positive attitude in truck loads! What a hero to make a comeback after nearly dying!
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 Cedric!!! You and Steve Peat have been the two most influential characters on me as a rider. So glad youre back and getting healthy and I can't wait to see what awesome things are in store for you! Cheers man! Viva la France!
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 how long does EPO stay in your body? I'm hoping maybe, just maybe that the rider that tested positive for EPO was cedric and it was EPO left over from recovery, cedrics a champ for recovering from that, I probably would've stopped riding (maybe, this sport is addictive as hell)
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 Stoked to see CG back on the bike again. Got to hang out with him, Peaty, and Greg at Windham at the World Cup and its obvious how much they all love riding their bikes. Cool interview; I can just hear Cedric saying some of that stuff. Perfect.
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 CG personifies fitness, toughness and determination. I think a normal person wouldnt have survived what he has gone through. Its his destiny to continue racing and riding.
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 Cedric Gracia is such a legend,absolutely amazing to be able to come back from such a horrific injury,great inspiration to all of us,one of my favourite riders!!!
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 "Biking is so cool, you're in the forest, you hang out. Hitting a berm sometimes can make a day incredible because you hit it just right. You close your eyes at night and think about how amazing that berm was." - couldn't have said it better my self. Ultimately, this is what MTB is all about in all its forms, that inner satisfaction and peace of mind. Congrats CG.
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 [quoten]It can be hard to take days off to let your body recover. You see all these people having fun and it's so hard not to touch it. You're saying to yourself "f*ck, f*ck, f*ck." It's like a drug[/quoten]
Well said, it's definitely the worst part of training for races...
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 CG your the man and for your wife to support you through this and let you back on the bike to do what you love is simply amazing - people forget the anguish she and your close family must have gone through during this time. Respect to you all!!
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 I first saw CG as a Junior at Mont Saint Anne World Cup back in the mid 90's. We were in line for practice and we look up and see hip rip off a no footed one handed manual down a series of steps into to the start area....awesome. In his race run he had a flat tire, was riding the rim down at speed and boosted a sweet flatty off a natural jump near the finish and exploded the wheel on the landing all with a smile. That evening we ran into him again, down to his underwear dancing on top of a Coke machine just outside the bar. Been a fan ever since! Good to see him ripping again and healthy!
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 Ced you Da man hope you recover fast and well. I met you once at crankworx at the garbo pro party in whistler in 2005?? i think, and have always admired your dedication to your bike and the way you where so approachable to everybody around you cant wait to see you back on your bike
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 Best story ever so far. Amazing recovery. Training 100% puts your body back to normal. My shoulder and collarbone was shattered and all I did was pushed till it hurt so bad and I was so exhausted I would steam and swim. No joke as Cedric says " it unlocked", My shoulder did the same, so much pain and fatigue and then it literally popped/snapped, I heard and felt it. Ever since then my doctor says the bones, ligaments, muscles, veins, nerves and tendons all started regrowing faster than before. 3months later I conquered that 45foot gap that took me out, this time there was no wind gust either.... Easy as pie, so now it's time to push the limits again.
Good luck and enjoy.
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 There's so much story of this kind and i've live one too. Always a pleasure to know about one more. Coming back of a surgery to my collarbone this summer, training 10 days after, get back on bike a month after and racing 2 month after. It was really stupid! Ive done a really bad race, but ive done it. You need to fight your fear. And you need to do what you love. Don't care about doctor says, they dont know what is love, passion and determination. Ive done nothing of what doctor says. Ive train myself to my pain limits and now im fit like ever of my life. Ready to race again next summer. CG is fucking huge inspiration to coming back of almost death and a model to everybody who fall in his life. Just dont give a fuck get up and ride! By the way respect for your 45 foot gap!
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 I can't see Gee and and Cedric getting on too well then haha. And its good to know he has been reading all the messages we have been sending him.
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 Cedric is an absolute legend! stoked to see him back riding
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 For me the best rider of them all (gee almost as good)its a shame that all that talent got a little bit wastet but hey my número UNO pilot ever. Don't stop moving,keep on going cause it's people like you that makes the world go. Salut
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 Always glad to hear an injured rider is back on their bike, I had this "never going to ride again" fear put into me by doctors when i did the hip shoulder and femur, i think that people dont understand how much riders love to ride their bikes, it was my prime motivator then and it served me well. Continue to heal CG, the world wouldnt be as fun without you in it. Salute
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 Back on a bike after 5 months is pretty fuckin amazing! Just shows the strength, dedication and love for life this man of men has. True inspiration.
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 C to the motherfucking G, this guy is a inspiration and the coolest guy in mountain biking, what would we do without characters like this in our sport. Thanks god for giving this legend another chance.
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 Humble, simple, realistic, passionate. That"s the way I like people, and how we should all behave, not only in the MTB industry. And that"s why people LOVE u dude. Long life to Sergent Garcia Smile
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 cedric, we are so stoked that you are recovered!!! this is such an inspirational article.. and a testament to a good, fun, happy life thank you...
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 Hail CG!!!! haha All the best to you and thanks for the inspiration!! Keep the riding up there...
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 So happy to be reading this. CG is a machine, his recovery just blows me away. Also. Would love to have a beer with him and the syndicate boys!
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 I would call CG "MAN OF STEAL"
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 So he took EPO while in hospital Smile )) well that's not very fair (joking) .
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 Hmmm... I hope that Enduro he won wasn't a UCI sanctioned race!
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 Amazing story of recovery. Cant wait to watch him again.
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 Hero! Love this guy. His style, his riding ability - Love these types of articles.
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 bring it back CG!! As a legend of the sport said, you have to be convinced why you're here, if not its better to stay home rock the world Cedric, this trail is yours to party on!!!
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 I would imagine with a full support team/crew/trainers/industry & thousands of fans it would be breeze to come back from an horrific injury.
Try coming back from such an injury with nothing & no one but an nhs physio therapist for a 30 min session once every three weeks!
Unlike Cedric my bones havent healed ...And yes, im back on the bike again, cobbled together with metal rods & screws.
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 p.s not to take anything away from Cedric. I love him dearly & gave him all my support when he was in hospital and will always be No1 in my eyes. God bless him.
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 " You close your eyes at night and think about how amazing that berm was" same thing for me also or also how you will riding tommorow on trails
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 Before a good rider, a good person. Before a strong competitor, a strong character. Keep riding, CG. Champions are sometimes, winners are every day
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 That first picture is awesome!!! CG you the man!
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 I had the privilege of meeting Cedric at Sea Otter a few years ago. What a stand up dude. I wish I could get a chance to ride with him.
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 amazing, didn't realize you were that injured. so pleased to see you are back riding an loving every minute. I salute you sir!
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 I agree with all the comments !
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 All the best to Cedric and the Brigade this year! Cant wait to see him getting the crowds on their feet wherever he will be riding.
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 Beneath all that silliness is a man of incredible wisdom. You've handled this whole ordeal admirably Cedric. It is truly inspiring.
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 this is possily the best interview from a rider i have ever read, i read every last word! what a living legend!!
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 He's an awesome person, I'm so happy to see him back up and happy, best of luck CG!
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 One of the hardest and much respected person in the biz!!! Good to see CG back!
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 "Normally, if you only have two litres, you die. I managed to live, which was good." Classic Cedric understatement.
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 The man is a immortal 2 pints of blood gone! The things that he seen or said had too be crazy!
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 Cedric, Welcome back brother !! Glad you made it !!!
Jeff G ( the old cannondale days )
Cheers brother !!
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 Nuff respect CG!!!I salute you & am rapt to see you back on the bike(s)...
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 Hey Cedric, t'as vu tous les commentaires? Sérieux, si c'est pas de l'amour (boouuuh pédééé)
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 "I managed to live, which was good." - Haha, glad to have you back CG!!!!
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 Im so stoked CG is still alive. keep being a badass Big Grin
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 Champion. May the gnar be with you.
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 total legend !! good luck with the season cedric!!
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 Great to see him back on the bike!
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 Nothing short of amazing hats off brother.
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 Get back to full strength soon. Glad to see him in the saddle again.
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 best dude ever! cracks me up every time haha
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 just one word: R-E-S-P-E-C-T
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 Good to know that heaven doesn't want him yet because I'm not tired of watching him ride yet! Way to go CG!
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 you simply cannot have a grudge against cedric, he disarms all the shit you have (unless he meets your gf lol).
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 7 lives left for the Flying Frenchman. Glad you are back, Cedric. Top 10 this year, buddy -- I know you can do it.
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 Hell yes CG! A rowdy role model of tenacity.
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 Legend, glad to see you back CG
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 Cool man great attitude
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 Living (just) legend!!!... Great Interview too.
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 yeah cg! great guy Smile
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 cant believe I missed this... welcome back Cedric!!
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 Great to see him back!
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 Great story and cg kicks ass!!! Hope to see you soon on podiums
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 Inspirational five star legend. Good to see him back.
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 Video interviews would be nice
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 that man is awsome, the best
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 EPO, hell of a drug! Smile
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 it is gold...I can attest
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 Go Cédric... Go !
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