Juli Furtado – A race against suicide

Juli opens up in the wake of recent suicides

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Juliana Furtado, the greatest female mountain bike racer ever, had a profound reaction to high profile suicides like Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Juliana’s mother used to routinely tell her children, “I’m going to kill myself and when I do it will be because you kids make my life miserable.”

Juli has kept a journal, many journals in fact. And she read them all en masse, three years ago.

Juli has kept a journal, many journals in fact. And she read them all en masse, three years ago.

Juliana’s mom indeed took her own life, leaving the former Olympian and three-time World Champion with a lifetime struggle. In fact, the Santa Cruz resident found herself questioning whether she wanted to live into her 50s. Instead, she found help, turned her life around and is now sharing her story for the first time.

The recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have compelled  Juli to open up.

The recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have compelled Juli to open up.

Read the story here in the SJ Mercury News: https://bayareane.ws/2HNLkxL


About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • Shark says:

    It’s a difficult thing to talk about, many people have friends or family that this affects. There are so many reasons, it’s hard to find an answer to help. Perhaps we need to teach children it’s OK to talk about feelings to their family. Perhaps we need to be more aware of illnesses that can lead to it. Perhaps we need to unplug from the “everything is online” mentality that has grown so much over the past 10+ years.

    • Jond63 says:

      Thing is though, growing up in a family like hers one cannot talk about their feelings, and even worse one in a bad family situation may not know anything is seriously wrong until their 40s or 50s.

  • mike says:

    How many of us who live on the endorphins of mountain sports would survive without them.

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      I’ve been through stages of a month or two without mountain biking. It’s really hard to be upbeat and positive.

      If my parents mentally abused me as a child, I would absolutely get scarred. I still remember the times they realllly got mad at me.

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