The mountain biking world was jolted yesterday as legendary mountain bike racer Jared Graves posted terrible news about his health on Instagram. Jared Graves has a brain tumor that has triggered several seizures.
“Some news of the not so awesome variety. To cut a long story short, since getting back home from Whistler I suffered a couple of seizures, and woke up from one last Thursday morning to paramedics taking me off to hospital, where tests and scans were done to discover I have a tumor growing in my brain. So for now more scans and doctors appointments and scans over the next week leading to surgery within the next approximately 10 days. The plan at the moment is to then start chemotherapy. Not sure what else to say for now, it’s all hit so fast….needless to say I won’t be at the last 2 EWS rounds this year as this new battle begins.”
Graves is an iconic mountain biker in the sport not only because of his racing prowess but but because of his kind, friendly and enthusiastic demeanor. This Australian epitomizes the global mountain bike athlete, competing everywhere and in every discipline. With a background in BMX, 4X, downhill and enduro disciplines over his long career, racking up an Olympic appearance, four world championships, 21 World Cup and Enduro World Series appearances, he pedals to live. And in 2014 he became the EWS World Champion during the rise of enduro racing.
In 2016, he even did a national level road race in Australia further displaying the range of his talents on two wheels.
Graves is a pillar of the community, and he has the support of the entire mountain bike community behind him as he faces this next battle.
Please send your well wishes to Jared here.