Reece Wilson to Miss the Leogang DH World Cup

Jun 8, 2022
by Ed Spratt  
Reece Wilson studying the crucial woods section.

Reece Wilson has shared on social media that he will not be racing this weekend in Leogang.

After saying he has not felt like himself for the past few months Reece Wilson has made the tough decision to not race this week and potentially miss more races this season. Currently, Reece has not set a date that he may return with him deciding to wait until he is back at full health before attending another race. While it is sad to see Reece miss races this season it is great to see riders taking injuries and especially ones which may not be quite as visible more seriously this year.

bigquotesI’ve made the hard decision to put my race season on hold this week. I’ve not felt like myself the past few months for reasons I don’t yet understand. I don’t currently have a date to return for and instead will take as long as I need. I have a great support network around me and look forward to feeling like me again so I can return to racing at full health. I’ll update you when I know more. Good luck to all the racers in Leogang this weekend and a special good luck to the @trekfactoryracingdh guys! Reece Wilson

We wish Reece all the best with his recovery and hope he isn't away from racing for too long.

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  • 148 2
 Sad to not see him there and hoping he can get to the bottom of whatever the issue is and recover soon. In the meantime get him in the commentary booth, he was superb at Hardline.
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flag EvoRidge (Jun 8, 2022 at 4:23) (Below Threshold)
 He’s likely having adverse reactions from the gene therapy experimental vaccine

No kidding...get educated on how harmful that disaster drug is

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 @EvoRidge: wrong site. You need jump on any

Back under the bridge you go
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 He's had concussions at some point or am I mixed up..?
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flag mattmach7 (Jun 8, 2022 at 5:19) (Below Threshold)
 @EvoRidge: No shit! What's done its done. :-)
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flag mattmach7 (Jun 8, 2022 at 5:29) (Below Threshold)
 @EvoRidge: All the downvotes here are aliens affected by the vaccine LOL
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flag ghirox85 (Jun 8, 2022 at 5:36) (Below Threshold)
 @mattmach7: I mean, we’ve seen others. Jeremy Chardy, pro tennis player, speaking openly about vax damage. Sergio Agüero, Pedro Obiang, both footballers with myocarditis which is a well known side effect. It cannot be excluded
  • 43 16
 @ghirox85: more likely long covid
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flag mattmach7 (Jun 8, 2022 at 5:41) (Below Threshold)
 @ghirox85: yep - they don't feel well, probably reasons pinkbike boosters do not understand....
  • 10 1
 @ghirox85: Sergio aguerro has had so many injuries in his career I've lost count. Seemed like he was always injured or returning from injury. Going back over the last 10+ years.
  • 38 0
 @commental Completely agree on his ability as a commentator. He was knowledgeable, articulate, and had personality by the bucketload.
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flag ghirox85 (Jun 8, 2022 at 5:53) (Below Threshold)
 @KalkhoffKiller: would you care to explain?
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flag ghirox85 (Jun 8, 2022 at 5:59) (Below Threshold)
 @CantClimb: injuries are one thing. A career ending heart issue is quite a different story. And by the way, check out Kyle Warner’s story as well, which, coincidentally, the guys at pinkbike seem to have missed
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flag KeithShred (Jun 8, 2022 at 6:02) (Below Threshold)
 @EvoRidge: Likely true actually. Lotta people just afraid to admit it.
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flag KeithShred (Jun 8, 2022 at 6:03) (Below Threshold)
 @Saucycheese: You are the shepherds of the conspiracy, and you don't even know it. The ego is a tricky bastard.
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 I honestly can’t believe the level of derp on display here. Someone says they’re not feeling themselves and immediately it’s a vaccines fault. You guys are a truly special type of stupid. I don’t believe there’s a verb in existence that could accurately describe the level of idiocy with your thought processes.
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 Ahh, the internet mountain biking site. Where everyone knows odds ratio, disease prevalence, Bayesian statistics, relative risk, absolute risk, and a host of other public health statistics. If you're actually looking for an actual bike related remedy, try a RAAW or a Privateer. It'll help boost your raw framed aluminum levels, which has been anecdotally related to an increase in fun
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 @EvoRidge @mattmach7 @ghirox85: What is wrong with you guys? If there was any hint it beeing related to vaccination in the article, you can bring your stuff up. But in this case it's completely off topic. Don't use Reeces health issues as a platform for your shit.

Stupid speculation won't help him.
  • 16 5

Holy shit you are right!!! Man blew the lid right off of this. It’s almost like there is some disease or something that is also bad? Gosh maybe I’ll have to do some ReSeArCH and find out what it is. Something about a lot of folks dying, really can’t remember.
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 @sunringlerider: Its all speculation at this point may as well have some fun with it.

At this point I am going with my own conspiracy theory. That the Russians are behind this. Reece found proof that they were doping their athletes so they are taking him out slowly with radiation poisoning.
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 @KeithShred: I like how you think other people are afraid but they're not the ones wearing a tin hat all the time and picking and choosing their conspiracy bandwagon
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 @mattmach7: the downvotes are to show you how much of an idiot you are
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 @Saucycheese: @Saucycheese: My cousin who I spend a lot of time with had a severe and permanent reaction to the Pfizer 2nd dose.

Blood clotting from his abdomen down. His entire lower body has innumerable blood clots. No prior health issues. He's been going through surgeries to try to remove them over the last 6 months and can barely walk.
I spend time with him and he's incredibly humble, stating he felt it was right at the time to do because works in the school system and couldn't bear the thought of getting a kid sick.

It was his choice, but not one he would make again. Just because it hasn't happened to you or yours doesn't mean it isn't a very real and devastating reaction.

I can list other people either close to me or friends who have gone through other similar adverse and permanently life altering reactions.

So give credence and stop dismissing it. I don't want conspiricies. I want my cousin, his wife and kids lives back with mine.
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flag swellhunter (Jun 8, 2022 at 8:48) (Below Threshold)

Mind-boggling people cannot connect such simple dots

Here’s a great listen as to why people don’t even know they are being brainwashed
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 @fabwizard: Eh why not I'll bite. Reece saw rain in the forecast in Leogang and his conscious weighed on him heavily, knowing how much he would've destroyed the competition in the thick mud again. So, like a true sportsman, he is sitting out this race.

Conspiracy 2: The Auld alliance between France and Scotland is on the rocks after Pierron won in Scotland (again), and the CIA has used this opportunity to destabilize further by slowly interfering with Reece's dreams via 5G to make him further distrust his French friends and fellow racers.

Conspiracy 3: Reece Wallace's pilots license is up for renewal and he has to stop by the Canadian DMV ironically on the same day as seeding. As we all know they are secretly the same person, Wilson had to bow out of racing to wait in line at the Canadian DMV (you know, universal healthcare and lines and all)
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 @commental: Excellent call on the commentary booth. Reece is a top athlete, looks good on TV, has charisma, knows his stuff, and is well spoken on the fly. The dude has a great future in sport (omitting “the” in this case). I’d love to see him back on track, but in the booth is a close second. Cheers, mate.
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 Yes! Get him on the commentary! He was next-level brilliant at hardline.
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 If you don't believe people died of Covid you are an idiot. If you don't believe people died and have/are having life altering issues due to the Covid vaccine, you are also an idiot. Both can be true. Could what Reece is dealing with be a vaccine reaction? Maybe, but probably not. If you know Reece at all you know he has battled with his head not allowing him to ride at the level he wishes before. Go watch The Flying Scotsman, he talks about it in that.

All that to say we wish you well Reece. To be bummed about your riding but still be able to pull off a top 20 in the world is pretty inspirational.
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 @eurojuice: Thanks for the comment. I never would've made mine if I had an inkling of the shitstorm that'd ensue.
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 @EvoRidge: piss off
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 Will this affect his ability to continue bush-piloting?
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 @blowmyfuse: I hear you on the adverse reactions, but I was kinda trying to redirect the train that was going off the tracks with my conspiracy theory.

No conspiracy in facts though. Many people are having adverse reactions. More than other drugs?? Time will tell. The fact that the US military is looking into the adverse reactions of its soldiers does say something.
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 @EvoRidge: The vaccine may very well have side effects in some people, which is a shame to be sure. But if you want anyone to listen to you, stop calling it gene therapy. Gene therapy refers to theraputic restructuring of a person's nucleic acids (DNA and RNA). The Covid vaccine on the other hand, which is an mRNA (messenger RNA) vaccine, does not enter the cell's necleus (where DNA is), and as such does not modify anything. mRNA is basically taking a piece of deactivated genetic code from SARS-Cov-2, and putting it in your body. Your body views this as a foreign body, and develops (learns) how to fight it, which is an immune response. So, if you subsequently get the real Covid, your body says "oh shit, ive seen this MF before, and I know how to deal with you." RNA/DNA are protiens, and the specific component of Covid that was included in the mRNA vaccine was the protein spike - which is the part that our bodies have so much trouble with. Getting sick when you take (any) vaccine is evidence of an immuno-response, and is a good thing.

mRNA vaccines are not actually that new. Studies started in the 1970s. mRNA vaccine studies for rabies started in 2013. mRNA vaccines for RSV, the flu, ebola, and others are also in development. There were technical challenges - mRNA degraded too quickly to be effective. Covid came along and started killing hundreds of thousands of people. This catalyst created a concentrated effort, world wide, to overcome the challenges, and ultimately, they were successful.

mRNA vaccines are not going away, and the success of the Covid vaccine is paving the way for more vaccines to be brought to market.

Now, if you are still unsure about the vaccine, that is totally ok, but at least make sure you've got the facts right when you speak out against it.
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 edit: nevermind. I should leave well enough alone
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 Why have these conspiracists not been up in arms for the adverse side effects of the humble birth control pill? There are at least fifteen (15) measurable side effects, including blood clotting, nausea, headaches, liver problems, and is a known cause of cervical cancer in some people. And this is a medicine that has been in widespread use since the 1960's, for a very well known and singular situation. You would guess that after 60 years the doc's would have worked out all the kinks? But no. Heck, you can still get pregnant taking the pill - it is not 100% effective.

Hey, maybe that's what is up with Reece - the damn guy's pregnant....I mean he is so gosh darn handsome, how could you not want him to be???
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 @rallyimprezive: I saw a quick discussion on this and if I remember correctly the University of Calgary was looking into the damage to DNA by both Covid and mRNA Covid vaccines because it was getting into the nucleus in both cases. I dont know if they went any further with it or not.
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 @hermes1987:what’s wrong with me? I just said it cannot be excluded in response to another comment.
And again, nobody seems to give a f*ck about what happened to Kyle Warner in here and that is shameful.
Now go ahead and dislike this as well. It won’t make it any less true
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 @fabwizard: Yes, there has been a study using an in vitro cells, which found that the protein spike can inhibit DNA damage repairs by preventing repair proteins from doing their job. The study was just done on cells though, so I dunno how it translates to humans, and actual outcomes. Covid is nasty stuff, and the vaccine isnt perfect. It's a matter of personal preference as to which risk you want to take (in my opinion.)
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 @fabwizard: Here's the study: (maybe the same one you mentioned?)

What I think is important to note is that this issue occurs whether you get Covid, or the vaccine. So to me it sounds like someone who's susceptible is damned either way. Frown
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 @handynzl: Well, here there was a class action lawsuit due to the side effects of one of the Birth control pills that paid out to all users..

Vaccine mandatory , birth control not.

Lastly, conspiracy theorists dont need birth control , they have their personality.
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 @fabwizard: that was awesome.
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 @blowmyfuse: the amount of people who have bad reactions vs no bad reactions is minimal. People like you focus on a handful of bad experiences and that's what you obsess over
  • 1 2
 @Saucycheese: straight out of the playbook... The shit we put in our bodies, we've got other issues to deal with... The tap water where I am right now (Manchester) tastes of bleach for e.g.
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 @BenPea: So its very clean?
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 Check out It is a website from the World Health Organization that tracks Adverse Drug Reactions. The numbers speak for themselves. In less than 2 years there have been more reported adverse reactions to the covid vaccine than any other vaccine in the history of humanity.

Covid-19 Vaccine ADRs 3,861,047. And it was introduced December 2020.
Measles Vaccine ADRs 6,243. Introduced in 1963.
Meningococcal Vaccine ADRs 137,570. Introduced in the 1970s
Paracetamol (Tylenol) ADRs 178,063. Introduced 1955
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 @Saucycheese: Unfortunately, the number of bad reactions is not minimal. And as of this point is not known(will take decades to find out if there are long term issues).

The important question is, are the vaccines more or less dangerous than Covid? And that question is different for every person in every age group. For a 90 YO it is a no brainer, take the vaxx. For a 25 YO male at high risk of myocarditis, you need to start to think about it.

When someone close to you has a bad reaction of course you will focus on the bad experiences it is only natural. Then you look to your government for info, and they say trust the science. But they wont actually answer any questions on whose science they are trusting it really makes people suspicious. Or you see your government taking different action than another, again suspicion.

It is the actions of our own governments that have actually fueled the conspiracy theories. If there was more open communication and less secrecy I think that we never would have seen a trucker convoy etc... and then treating a specific group of protestors as criminals omg don't get me started. Those are not actions of a true democracy.
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 @ghirox85: no one gives a f*ck what happened to Kyle Warner. It's statistics
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Interesting source and helpful. To put this into perspective, there have been around 12 billion covid doses given. So the rate of adverse reactions is less than 0.1%.
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 @Afterschoolsports: it's really weird that him himself saying are reasons he still doesn't understand... Taking into account the so many reported athletes and adverse cases from this so called vaccines... It's stupid you guys are downvoting this opinions just cause you don't like the possible outcome... If a recall from a bycicle product it's made cause might produce potencial issues... It's common sense... And yet something you put inside your body so much potentially harmful with well documented cases in our sport like Kyle Warner and all the people he mentioned.... Feeling sorry for all the athletes that had to jab unconditionaly for keeping traveling/competing.
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 @BMXJJ327: Read the front page of that site. It's a lot of Potentials and Maybes. Not saying the jabs are worry-free, but those numbers are highly questionable an open to interpretation.
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 @suspended-flesh: actually considered underrepresented rather than over as many adverse reactions are never reported.
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 @fabwizard: We rolled the dice and some came up snake eyes.
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 @Afterschoolsports: there’s not a verb, it’s a name and it rhymes with dump and chump.
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 @blowmyfuse: so do the 1MM American families of those who died because ass hats dismissed the entire pandemic.
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 @fabwizard: bigger chance of happening? You getting a shitty side effect of a vaccine or you getting killed in a car accident? You still drive your car???
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 @ElDebarge: a better comparison would be. Commuting by bike vs Commuting by car vs bus.

I still commute.

There are extremists on both sides of the vaccine fence don't kid yourself.

What I don't get is all the hate the unvaxxed get from the vaxxed.
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flag ElDebarge (Jun 8, 2022 at 21:14) (Below Threshold)
 @fabwizard: the unvaxxed spread disease that kills others. When you make a choice that endangers, harms and kills others…What’s not to hate. The disease does not spread itself.
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 @ElDebarge: that is what they tell us isn't it.
However, Canada has some of the highest vaccination rates in the world which should mean if that were true that we would see lower infection rates and the much promised herd immunity.

I haven't seen any sign of herd immunity. In fact the entire herd seems to have been infected. Vaxxed and unvaxxed.

If everyone here is vaccinated, who is spreading it.

Oh and don't forget the efficacy goes down over time. Most of the fully vaccinated have little or no protection left unless they are boosted. So unless you are triple or quadruple vaxxed it may be a good idea to get off that high horse and look in the mirror as it may be you spreading it everywhere.
  • 4 1
 @EvoRidge: what we also need is a vaccine for stupidity
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 @jimfredo: they are called "DMT precursors". Those should be mandatory...
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 @ElDebarge: At what point do you pull your head out of your ass and question what you’re told?

Not saying the vax is evil, and I personally got jabbed and have no regrets. I partially credit it with the mild case and quick recovery I recently experienced.

But god damn, if you’re still parroting the line that everyone who doesn’t get it is an anti-social a*shole who’s killing others by spreading plague? Despite the absolutely overwhelming evidence that the vaccine makes a tiny difference AT BEST in preventing the spread of the disease? Despite the obvious fact that the vaccine proponents who came up with that line will say anything, bully anyone, and manipulate any data to increase vaccine rates? Come on man. It’s played.

You’re not going to be able to bully people into a medical procedure that they don’t want anymore. The way forward for vaccine proponents is an honest attempt to explain the positive and negative effects of the vaccine in the context of trade offs vs Covid symptoms. The fact that this would be a change in strategy - and that it will almost certainly not happen - is about as damning as it gets.

These people have done massive harm to the broader vaccination cause that may never be reversed. In the future far more people will refuse genuinely necessary, safe and effective vaccines that make all the sense in the world because they don’t trust the integrity of the data backing that claim. And I don’t blame them a bit.
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 @Blackhat: The other big government miss is not promoting good health. Good health has also shown to be a major factor in the seriousness of Covid. (and probably every disease ever)
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 @Blackhat: boring. Who’s parroting. The virus killed millions, vaccines stopped people from dying. You wear your seatbelt or is that just big brother too. It’s called science and math, not twitter and Facebook bullshit. Go back to your moms basement sonny.
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 @ElDebarge: Lets use your seatbelt example.

What if you noticed that some seatbelt users were hung and killed by it, what if they were your friend or family. Then other info came out that if you were to small, so the seatbelt cut into you. Or your LAPBELT made you smash your face into the steering wheel and break your face. Yes you survived the crash but at what cost???

Would you not want to look into wearing it, or looking into a better design such as a cross the shoulder belt at the same time. You may want to sell your car with the lap belt and get the one with the lap and shoulder.

So you see your seatbelt example actually works for the side of lets look at these vaccines. Maybe they can be improved to reduce the side effects and actually work better as well. But without social/government pressure. These vaxx companies do not have a reason to fix the issues, they can keep milking us on booster after booster rather than releasing an improved product.
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 @fabwizard: except seatbelts do have those negative effects, but there is no better design in the current year available because - they are designed by science and math not twitter and facebook bullshit go back to your moms basement
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 @browner:Woosh you totally missed the point.

The point is that as science and research improved so did the seat belt. All I said was that why not use the same evolution on vaccines. Or are you to blinded by your own ignorance. You can keep taking a no longer effective vaccine, I will take the 2023 model when it comes out.

And if you really want to get specific, there are better seat belts out there. You ever hear of a 5 point harness. Funny all race cars mandate them, I wonder if it is because they are more effective. Oh and now we add air bags woosh, further evolution. Get off your high horse.

And dont worry your mom is here with me in my moms basement licking my a$$hole.
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 @fabwizard: so very sad how you have degenerated > your argument is bunk i'm afraid. Take the next vaccine your given. Its nothing to do with seatbelts. Oh and by the way if you get any side effects. No one gives a shit. Suck it up. whining bunch of pricks. Lots of medication could be improved and it might be, lots of medication has side effects. I myself am alive due to such medication injected every week. So what? do I cry into the gaping anus of christ? no
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 @browner: So so sorry. I did not realize that it was ok for you to insult others but i was not allowed to respond in kind, I will remember that.

Right so now you have provided me with a better example.

What if everyone in the world was required to take your medicine every week. We were healthy and at very low risk of death without it. And those who took it were at risk of all the side effects of that drug. Sound familiar.

Calling all the people who are at low risk of any serious sickness due to covid a bunch or whining pricks is hypocritical. Why don't we call the small percentage of the population who is at high risk of serious covid illness a bunch of whining pricks for forcing the population to take a vaxx.
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 @fabwizard: glad you are sorry you whining little prick. Every time you type such a long screed you prove it more. You and all the others
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 @browner: Good thing you responded intellectually and didn't base your response on the facts of the discussion.

I have better debates with my grandkids.
  • 1 0
 @fabwizard: good job you have grandkids, proves at least someone will hold you to account
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 @browner: And you mom said to tell you she's busy you can make your own lunch today.
  • 2 0
 @fabwizard: good thing you responded intellectually also! Your finally learning. Try to apply this learning to medicine and maybe you won't waste your time arguing with trolls online prick
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 Can Reece Wallace jump in?
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 He sure can jump.
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 Altitude sickness?
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 @borski99: It'll be plane sailing for Reece
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 All the best to you, Reece - take care of yourself.
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 Hopefully he can focus on his freeride commitments while he's not racing.
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 World goes too fast now a days, competition is everywhere with this massive media thing. He just made a decision and we already are here commenting it. Well done Reece, take yourself a break, we all should.
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 So true!
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 Injuries are not always physical and visible and it takes a larger than life character such as Reece to come out with the strength to listen to them, stop and normalise them so others could do the same in the future. Great to see this year people taking care of themselves (I.e concussions). These people are not test crash dummies and deserve to look after themselves so we can enjoy them at their best. Heal up R
  • 20 0
 Hats off to him, can't have been an easy call, but it's good to see athletes putting their health first.
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 Big respect for making this call! Take it easy and hope you feel back to yourself soon!
  • 9 0
 The Precedent Trek is setting for self well being and supporting riders to take time to heal is of great importance in the sport. This is missing from many teams programs which forces riders to proceed competing while injured. A UCI concussion baseline test standard before competing is one step in the right direction. A riders union that protects post injury support if not able to compete would be another. Eddie Masters on the downtime podcast mentioned this. I believe if these supports come into place (how this comes to fruition is currently over my head) the sport will become a more stable, less of a dynamic for riders coming in and out of competition. In turn, a more secure investment for sponsors. Ideally, an end result being more support for riders and a growing sport. Cheers, Max
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 Pinkbike really needs to stop using black and white photos for these kind of messages - is ot just me or the first thought is that someone just died?
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 You have all my sympathy and my support Reece. You're a true gentleman. Courage!!!
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 Much respect to Jenny Rissveds for being the person brave enough to "make it okay" to talk about such things in the MTB racing world.

If there were others brave enough, we would certainly hear more from other sports too. (Simone Biles)
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 Sad to not see one of my favorite racers at Leogang, but full respect for his decision. You can't race at much less than 100% at this caliber. He's making the right call. Back stronger no doubt Smile
  • 4 0
 there have been a few times when I got to the top of the mtn and I just thought "Man, this doesn't feel right..." and i rode like crap...I get it.
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 These guys & gals are pilots. DH racing clearly has big risks even when they are feeling 100%. Rest & heal up Reece.
  • 4 0
 Wishing you all the best with your recovery. A true gentleman and genius of the sport.
  • 5 1
 I heard it’s because he’s not circumcised all you dbags speculating…this is how stupid you sound.
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 Sending love to the great man. Inspiring leadership in a world full of external demands. Wishing him well on his journey
  • 3 0
 Tale the time you need mate, you've got whole MTB community support behind you
  • 4 0
 Post concussion syndrome?
  • 2 0
 Remember when this site was cool and fun to get on to chat about bikes. Today's f@#&ing society makes everything political and it makes me puke!!!!
  • 3 0
 Don't forget his massive crash at Les Gets last year.
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 Take your time, heal up right Reece!!! That crash last year was haaarsh. Ugh.
  • 1 0
 if we are going to do this let do it right! I heard his top secret spy identity was compromised, and is now in hiding from the UCI gangsters!
  • 2 0
 Was it because of the big crash last year?
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 I also will not be racing leogang.
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 Take all the time you need Reece, we'll be here for ya. All the best.
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 Feel better soon!
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 Post-concussion or long-Covid?
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 Heal up buddy!
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