Cedric Gracia is one of the most respected riders on the mountain biking scene. In only his third season he claimed one of the biggest wins of his career – the prestigious freeride competition Redbull Rampage, hosted in Utah. The Frenchman has been a regular on the podium, most notably in recent years winning the Crankworx Four-Cross competition. Not content with merely riding for established teams, Gracia decided to turn his hand at team management. In 2010 he founded the CG Racing Brigade. Whilst he was the only racer for them in their foundation year, Garcia showed his ambitions by signing the Columbian National Champion Marcelo Gutttierez. In 2013 Gracia made the decision to retire from World Cup downhill racing to focus more on Enduro and movie roles involving bike stunts. Gracia was born in 1978, in the French commune of Pau, near to the Pyrenees. He began his efforts on two-wheels with BMX riding when he was just six years old. Bikes took a second place in his life as a youngster though and instead Gracia chose to turn professional in freeride skiing. It was not until he was 23 that he went back full-time to the bike and turned professional with the Cannondale/Volvo squad. A versatile all-rounder, Gracia was equally as comfortable flying down a big descent in Downhill, competing head to head in a four-cross race or pulling off big tricks and big air in freeride.
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