Cedric Gracia Interview

Sep 22, 2008
by Ryan Rose  
Cedric is one of my favorite riders. He is French, which is awesome, funny and a very talented rider. I got a chance to ask him some questions recently and this is what he had to say.

Check out what he's been up too.The Cedric Gracia Interview.


Name
Cedric GRACIA

Location
Andorra

Sponsors
COMMENCAL – OAKLEY – Six Six One – BELL – VALLNORD Bike Park

How long have you been riding for?
I started riding a long time ago with BMX and eventually I got into Mountain bikes.

White or Whole Wheat bread?
White for sure.


What's your favorite beer?
Hoeagarden is the best!

What was the first MTB you had?
Sunn 5000R

What or who got you into MTB?
Some friends in Chamonix told me to give it a try and I've been enjoying it ever since.

What is it like riding for your sponsors?
I am proud to be riding for them for sure, they are a huge part of my career and I try to give back to them whenever I can.

How do you feel about your riding this year?
I am happy with this year's 4cross as I finished 4th overall in 4cross and that's after my injuries from last year. I am happy for sure.

What or where is your favorite place or trail to ride?
Vallnord, the bike park in Andorra right near where I live.

What do you hate about the biking scene currently and is there anything you would change?
I love what Freecaster is doing for our sports!

How do you feel about all these light weight parts that are coming out?
As long as they don't put you in a position to get hurt from a crash due to them failing, then I'm ok with them. But if they are dangerous, then obviously I'm not ok with them.

How do you feel about the Canadian riding scene compared to the French riding scene?
Lately riders in Canada are getting really strong. I am not surprise because the terrain in Canada is fantastic. For example have a look at the Whistler terrain!

How would you compare the European riding scene to the rest of the world's riding scene?
I think we are OK, but the US and the Australian's are getting really strong. Also look at South Africa with Minnaar.

What are your views on BMX'ing?
I loved seeing it at the Olympic games, I think this was really good for the sport. What a show compared to that gay beach volley ball.

What do you think about the current trends in mountain biking?
Well I'm too sure about all the riders going to wide bars. Just not too sure mate.

Cedric on his Commencal

Cedric on his Commencal


What are some issues that you face when riding or racing?
Pretty much just this - Should I race or have fun?

What do you like to do outside of riding?
Taking care of furious agency, my sport marketing agency as well as my bar of course and now my bike shop.

What are some of the more serious injuries you've got from riding your bike?
Destroying my wrist last year in Fort William was as close to tragic as I'd ever want. I'm glad it's come so far since then.

Anything big going on with your sponsors?
All the time, we're always trying to make things better and before anyone else, like everybody else I guess in this sport.

What are your views on slopestyle?
I think it's good, but lately things are not changing, same tricks and similar courses. I'd like to see more evolution and change.

What do you think of racing, and where do you see it heading in the future?
I obviously think racing is fantastic but I can see and I feel that the people are not too crazy about it. Maybe tired of competing all their life at work?

Why do you pick on Lopes all the time?
Because he does the same to me all the time, that and we're good friends.

Have you ever considered giving up riding?
Never I love this sport!

If you were not riding, what would you be doing?
Doing another sport I guess. I'm an active person and I really enjoy being outside.

What do you think about all the kids progressing so fast?
It's good for sure, but difficult at the same time because now I have to train more to stay ahead or even keep up.

Is there anything you still want to learn on your bike?
Every time I go riding, I learn something new about myself and biking.

What would you like to accomplish in the next 5 or so years?
I'd like to do so many things, but I don't know if I will have time for everything. Never enough time to do it all.

Who or what are some influences on your life?
My family for sure and my friends at home, they mean a lot to me.

Anyone you want to thank?
All my sponsors this year. Without them I couldn't have come back this year after my accident, thanks for the support and see you in Vegas!

Cedric's Furious Agency
http://www.cedricgracia.com/

Any last words?
Be careful Vegas I am coming to party!

~Ryan/Dotca


53 Comments

  • 22 0
 Thats great man. Hes such a funny guy.
  • 4 0
 dope rider
  • 4 8
flag madmax412 (Sep 22, 2008 at 21:08) (Below Threshold)
 i would give my left nut for that 4x
  • 1 2
 no you wouldnt.... gracia the comedian!!
  • 22 6
 You asked Cedric Gracia what his favorite bread was.....
  • 38 6
 So? What's wrong with that? It was a legit question. White or whole wheat!
  • 25 2
 'gay beach volleyball' - haha love the man!
  • 13 0
 Haha well if you want to see something really over the top gay search racewalking on youtube for the olymipcs
  • 13 0
 The WOMENS beach volleyball wasn't too bad !! Wink
  • 10 2
 Good job Dotca, you just got a big boost in my books. Keep it up!
  • 5 1
 Nice Ryan. Fix that Freecaster mispelling and tell Robholio to 'shuv it!' ( just kidding Rob!) CG rules and I feel sorry for any bored housewife walking around Interbike.
  • 12 0
 I feel sorry for any bored housewife walking around Interbike.

lol , nice one.
Cool interview, I've always thought he was a funny guy.
  • 5 0
 He likes "for sure" alot!
  • 1 0
 i love to live somewhere like cananda, its full of places where you can go and ride, even in the middle of nowhere theirs still somewhere where you can have fun down a track. i live in the middle of nowhere and theirs jackshit to do, i have to drive to somewhere eg cannock chase, thats why im moving to canada for meet new people who like biking and dont ruin your jumps. best get saving up now then!!!
  • 1 0
 live in Calgary or B.C. some where close to Rocky Mtn. I want to live there, too. Ontario sucks.
  • 2 0
 It is written Hoegaarden! and yeah it's very tasty indeed, don't know if they are exporting it though? doesn't matter to me, i'm at the source hahahaha. thumbs up for cedric!
  • 0 0
 avalible across Canada, thanks to the beer store.
  • 0 0
 it sucks. its made out of orange peels. blech.
  • 1 0
 Great interview... I would like to have seen video of it (if it was available), because Cedric is very interesting to listen too as well as super-entertaining... what an awesome rider and all-around good guy.
  • 5 3
 No offense because CG has been one of my heroes for ages... but that interview sucked. Could you ask him some more boring/rhetorical questions?
  • 3 1
 What was rhetorical about any of those questions? A rhetorical question doesn't seek or require an answer so using them in an interview would be pretty pointless.
  • 0 0
 Yea give it up! Cedric is soo fast....but every rider in the world cup are all definatly fast but some are fast and go beyond there limits for example Sam, Steve, Greg and so on!
  • 2 0
 he is an awsome guy and a very good rider 4 sure
  • 2 0
 Allez Cédric!!! Tes mon héro!!
  • 0 0
 i heard him said once , '...I race to puke!' after winning the garbanzo downhill race in whistler! (approx.14 minutes) Now that what i call RACING!
  • 0 0
 Lol nice interview what a guy On another note man those brits at the top should be ashamed of themselves, thats the sadest thing ive ever heard
  • 3 0
 Hoegarden rules!
  • 3 0
 Hoeagarden is the best!!
  • 1 0
 Amazing rider, so stylish and fast... and a funny guy Big Grin
  • 1 1
 Haha cedric is such a pimp, if hes not biking, hes with girls holding his bike!
  • 1 0
 woo Majour props dotca Big Grin
  • 0 0
 where the hell has he been, i didnt see him at whistler all summer and i havent seen him in race results
  • 0 0
 he wrecked his wrist last season. it's because of this and previous injuries that CG has started to play up the showman. he may race in the 4x circuit, but as to whether or not we'll see him race WC DH remains to be seen. CG will never loose my respect.
  • 0 0
 met him in andorra prob th most amazing guy iv ever met if i was gay i would ha ha
  • 0 0
 Man his 661 gloves are awesome!!
  • 0 0
 cedric best rider 4ever!!!!dh king graciaSmile
  • 0 0
 i love this man!!! is my idol!!! great biker!!! and best personality!!!
  • 0 0
 may I ask, " Clip or clipless ?"
  • 0 0
 gracia best rider ever and ever!!!!!!!i love CG
  • 0 0
 he's legend !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 0 0
 thats hilarious "compared to that gay beach volleyball' lmao
  • 0 0
 love him, love him, love him!
  • 0 0
 one word, LEGEND! nuff said?
  • 1 0
 CG rules!!
  • 0 0
 i love gracia...is so fun...cedric gracia for me is the best Smile
  • 0 0
 this is a great man
the best, i´m mean
  • 1 0
 king in my eyes
  • 1 0
 CG RULES!
  • 0 0
 haha, great interview!
  • 2 3
 wide bars are for goons!! even cedric said so
  • 0 0
 hoegarden owns!
  • 0 3
 CG pwns period

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