Cedric Gracia Race Run Voice Over

Words Pete Roggeman
Video Cedric Gracia
Date Jan 22, 2017

Last week I came across Cedric Gracia’s new Youtube channel, and after posting the video about his Santa Cruz Hightower setup, I dug around a little more and found some interesting stuff. Take my word for it and head straight to it now or read on to understand why I thought this video is so notable.

Why this video matters

Race footage from Megavalanche Reunion Island came out in early December, and yeah, we already published the video below along with the original, abridged race video. It was a 30-minute race run, and the dramatic part was that Cedric overcame several dropped chains as well as being run off the road by a crazy hockey dad in a pickup truck. After all that, he hit the podium, which included some guy named Clémentz and the brothers Absalon. Like most of you, I didn’t check out the full-length race run with his voice over attached to it when Cam made that post. Thirty minutes? Ugh. But after watching a few of his other videos, I realized that his Youtube channel is a treasure trove.

Cedric Gracia is not a one-dimensional character

One reason Cedric has endured for so long is that he is friendly and engaging and has shown more and more of the honest, human side of himself as he’s aged. Many of the videos on his channel are evidence of that. He’s candid about aging, shifting priorities, and life, and he’s happy to share thoughts and advice about training for racing. He also answers a lot of comments and questions from fans. That introspective side of him is much more interesting than the one-dimensional party animal – or maybe it’s the juxtaposition of the two that make for a good combination.

I promise, this is 30 minutes well spent

Whatever the case, I let the video run while I was doing something else and caught all kinds of interesting snippets as I was cutting tomatoes or something. And it pulled me back to the screen and I realized that this video is gold. It’s long but I promise your patience will be rewarded if you listen to the whole thing.

He describes what he’s thinking and doing, is candid about where he makes mistakes, his changing race strategy, and even talks a little bit about other racers on the track. What emerges is that he’s having a hell of a good time – no surprise for Gracia – but I was shocked at just how interesting it was to have him run through all these things while watching the race. You may even pick up a thing or two to use in your next race or ride where you’re hound-dogging with your buddies.


We sure hope to see more pros release videos like this in the future. Megavalanche racing seems especially well-suited to this kind of thing.

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taprider
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taprider  - Jan. 24, 2017, 10:26 a.m.

wonder if the crazy hockey dad in a pickup truck was trying to influence the race?
the truck is obviously owned by a mtn biker with the tail gate diaper on the back, and in latin countries locals "cheat like crazy"
usually "sticky bottles" held out of pick ups on the uphills to the favoured local riders

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sandy-james-oates
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Sandy James Oates  - Jan. 24, 2017, 9:56 a.m.

That was impressive!

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JBV2
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james  - Jan. 22, 2017, 10:22 p.m.

when first posted i watched a lot of it. indeed he's quite interesting here and one can see the mutual respect amongst the elite riders. also, he really pushes a 140mm 29er, wow. i thought it was all 160mm bikes in this kind of race.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Jan. 23, 2017, 8:32 a.m.

Many Santa Cruz-sponsored riders are using the Hightower a LOT for enduro racing, including Cedric who seems to be on it all the time. I had a chat with Dylan Wolsky about that recently on a ride and he said that he has totally embraced 29ers for racing. His teammate, Chris Johnston, is still dabbling with 650b, but Dylan is all in on 29 so Hightower is his choice for most races. We rode on Fromme and while I had arguably too much bike with a Nomad, he was on a Tallboy with 2.4″ Rekons front and rear. Those are not typical shore tires and certainly not for those conditions. It was wet and greasy and I didn't see him in full flight (it was a casual ride) but he didn't have any trouble going hard and keeping it upright. It was a telling example of how good the pros are at wringing performance out of their equipment.

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