Who dosen’t like a crazy french guy that loves partying, driving fast cars and doing way too sick stuff on his MTB? Cédric Gracia is that wonderful maniac. So we asked him a couple of questions about his life as a pro rider.
What’s it like living your passion as a career?
It’s just a fucking dream! I love my life and riding is my drug.
How do you find the balance between ”passion” and ”business”?
I do things my way and if it brings me business, it’s great! If not, I would do it anyway! I really love what I do and want to share it with everyone. No bullshit, just real shit! Take it or leave it, this is me CG!
What’s your favorite bike discipline, and why?
It’s fun riding all disciplines but I have to say BMX. I used to love jumping and getting free speed from pumping but when I got older MTB took over. I think it was when I discovered the joy of riding in mud with friends!
Tell us about your most memorable ride?
Everyday is a memorable ride for me, I live and die for riding.
What kind of bike do you ride?
Nomad from SANTA CRUZ
What does a day in your life look like?
Waking up at 8 AM and going straight to the gym. After that I take care of e-mails and social media until lunch! After lunch it’s time for my second training, which mostly contains pure riding or skiing, if there is snow. I have the weekends off for parties and for biking with my friends. When I’m not racing, that is! What do you thin about that? I also use the week testing for my sponsors. I’m often lucky enough to ride in Vallnord Bike Park in Andorra.
What’s your favourite place?
Vallnord la Massana in Andorra
What’s the best thing about riding?
You can ride everywhere you want and it’s very nature friendly.
Who is your favorite rider? Why?
Josh Bryceland! He keeps the old MTB spirit alive for the new generation of riders.
What are you most proud of in your
Being able to party hard and stil ride, haha! Just joking, I’m not proud ofanything. I’m just happy that I’m havingfun everyday riding my bike.
What is the toughest ride you haveexperienced?
Whistler secret trails, so far.
Artist ”suffer” for their art. Have yousuffered for yours?
I have suffered in the hospital, mostly because I was away from my bike!
That sucks ass.
How important is a steady backpack when you’re out riding?
Let’s put it this way. A comfortable backpackthat you don’t even know is there,is the best thing ever. An uncomfortable backpack is the worst thing ever. I love tobe able to eat, drink and do repairs whenI feel like it.
What’s it like to work with USWE?
I discovered that I could wear a hydratationpack without it beeing in my way.
”A comfortable backpack that you don’t even know is there, is the best thing ever”
That’s really cool and I can carry tons ofshit with me. Everything from food to sparepartsand tools! Thanks to USWE I cankeep on riding, I have water now.
Favourite thing to do, besides shredding the tracks?
Racing my cars!
Favorite drink at the end of the day?
If we look inside your backpack, whatwill we find?
Spareparts for repairing my bike, energybars from High 5, lezyne tools and water.
What’s next on the horizon for CG?
More videos, more shit and more racing.But still my way.
Disciplines: DH, 4X, Freeride