Cedric Gracia’s Brush with Death

Cedric Gracia is known for his humorous, off-color videos. This is not one of them.

Let me state for the record that this video is not a joke. It is not funny. There is blood and a lot of it. Gracia crashed on Reunion Island, broke his pelvis and severed his femoral artery. If you know your basic anatomy, you know this is basically a fatal injury.

I’ve been sitting on this video for the past few hours, wondering whether I should post it to bikemag.com

After watching it, I’ve decided to publish it because I think there’s one very valid message in this video: when an accident occurs, stay calm.

Gracia’s survived this crash because he and his friends kept their heads, got help and did what was in their power to minimize the blood loss. While we all hope that we’re never involved in this kind of accident, the truth is that if you put in enough time on a bike, you’ll wind up on the ground at some point or you’ll find yourself assisting someone in that position. Staying calm might make all the difference in the world.

With that said, watch this if you have a strong stomach. If not, don’t say I didn’t warn you.


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