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    Francois is doing well

    Both Raymond and I met up at Regional Medical Center in San Jose to check up on Francis. The word got out to family members about the accidend and Francis had a nice support group in the waiting room of the ER late Saturday afternoon while we waited for some news.

    When we left, Francis was scheduled for plastic surgery on his upper lip and had a splint on his left hand -- which was broken. If I remember correctly, a cast will be put on the broken hand later in the week and oral surgery might be required as well. Don't ask me what they did with his teeth. Overall, Francis was in good spirits happy that his family was nearby.

    Raymond shot some photos of Francis being loaded into the heli-vac and a video of the takeoff. Hopefully, Raymond will find this thread and post up the visuals later.

    Many thanks to everyone that helped out either riding out to call for help or standing by Francis and taking care of him after the accident. A special thank you to Thom Sutfin and the CDF and EMT emergency crews that took good care of Francis. I'm sure all the positive vibes being put out are going to help Francis heal a little quicker.

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    Get well soon, Francis. It was really tough seeing you hurt like that today.

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    I heard about his crash off the log.

    Best wishes.

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    get well francois. my shoulder is killing me from my endo on ridge but my wishes are with you and i will self medicate with beer in you honor!

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    Whew...good to hear he's doin' ok.

    All positive thoughts your way Francis!

    That was some scary sh!t.
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    Ouch. sounds like scary stuff!

    Heal up bro

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    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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    Get well soon Francios. I was with you guys in spirit today.

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    Get well soon ultralord. We missed your good spirits on the ride out and the bbq. That was a scary moment when we rolled up to Tractor and you were standing there dazed with your bike and your mouth was taped up. I thought you had broken your jaw, but didn't want to ask any questions.

    Let me know what the oral surgeons say about the teeth making it back in and can be salvaged. If not, i'm putting in a Boone order for a 17t cog, and could set you up with some Ti insissors or bicuspids. LMK by tomorrow around 4pm. I know how you like the Bling. I'll pick up the tab and shipping if it is not too much. Nothing's too good for you bro!

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    They will probably revoke my lurker union card for this but I had to post. I hope you heal up and are back on the trails real soon.

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    Good News. Get well soon Ultra lord. Healing vibes are heading your way.
    You were missed at the que. When your ready we will have to have a que and pool party.
    Hey, Kmax, hows the pool doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack B. Nimble
    They will probably revoke my lurker union card for this but I had to post. I hope you heal up and are back on the trails real soon.

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    Francis,
    I'm glad you're getting patched up, and was sorry to see you in that state. I feel bad this happened on a ride I asked for. I hope your recovery is a speedy one, and thank you for introducing me 'The Demo' last week. I won't be around for your comeback, but wish you happy trails after you're back in the saddle.

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    Francios, here's wishing you a speedy covery. Glad your ok., Fred
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    Positive healing vibes coming your way Francis. Have a happy, healing Fathers Day too.

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    About $3k per tooth/implant with the titanium posts. Don't ask me how I know.

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    Hope you heal quick. We all have better riding experiences because of you and the site you built.

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    WTF happened???

    Does not sound pleasant.

    Oh, man. Get better quick! The Downieville rides are next weekend!!

    Owwwww....

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    Francis,

    My wife and I wish you a speedy recovery. Get well soon.

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    Come Back Soon, Francois

    I was shocked to see the emergency crews as our C group rode up Hihn's Mill, only to find out it was Francois. Couldn't Be!!

    I'm happy you didn't fare any worse, are healing now, and your family is near by you.

    Get well quick, we need you to help lead, motivate, and inspire our MTBR gang!


    Oh, and my dentist said "his" implants were $6K, until I found another better dentist, and found I didn't even need them. More than anything, second opinions are VERY important in dentistry. Unchecked, that dental bill can sometimes be the worst pain of all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte
    WTF happened???
    I posted a simple summary here on the Demo Thread.
    It's not slow, it's doing more MTB time.

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    Francis,

    Get well soon our fearless leader, and do what the doctors says that's why they went to school so long.

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    Hey Francois,

    We met at Annadel (story about CC night riding...) I'm carrying around a few titanium parts myself, my advice is don't be in too big a rush to pick up where you left off. Take your time, you'll be back. Get well.

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    wow, sorry to hear that, get well francis. Sorry I couldn't be there to help you out.

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    Francois,
    get well soon. Best wishes.

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    Still in utters shock. I cannot believe this even happen to you bro. As you rolled on the log and crashed right before my feet off the log, time some how stood still for a split second and we all could not believe what we were seeing. The Ultra Lord on the ground WTF!!

    I am so happy that you are going to be ok. We can rebuild him and he will come back even stronger then before. Heal up soon.

    We should all have a home coming of this magnitude for you to come back to the trails.

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    Glad to know that he's doing better. Watching him lying down all taped up at the bottom of Tractor was a bit scary.
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    cheers Mate !

    Get better soon Francois Aussie Bob

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    Get well Fc, I'm shocked to hear about this crash.

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    Francis - Bummer deal. I am glad that it all sounds like you will be able to come back as strong as ever.
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    Francis - Get well!!!
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    Ouch. Get well soon Francois.

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    Dang, sorry to hear about the injury. I'm just coming off a wrist bone fracture myself and hated the off time as I've no doubt you will as well. Fortunately Downieville the last few days has been a good reminder I'm not dead yet...and only today I was wondering if Francis was merely enjoying himself on another part of the mountain as I hadn't seen him.

    Wishes for a speedy recovery,
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    Goodness gracious goodgolly Francis!

    Man, that's some digger. I hope you get better real quick. I look forward to seein gyou on the trails/

    How's your bike?

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    Francois

    Here's a sweet picture of Francois' start, delighted to have such a huge gang of MTBR friends come show up at his party. This has got to be the biggest MTBR gathering ever, at least for NorCal.
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    Francis is home and recovering...

    Hello, this is Francis' wife, Cherubin. We just wanted to let you know that he's home now and is quietly recovering. After reading some of the messages posted, there was quite a few people whom I have never had the chance to meet yet, that took great care of him. Thank you, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Our family (especially our 2 little ones) thanks you very much for making sure he got the proper help he needed. It was hard seeing Francis in the ER badly injured. Even in the ER, Francis couldn't believe how his friends helped him and had everything under control.

    Francis won't be riding anytime soon (even though he thinks he'll be riding by next week). He's still making lots of jokes, walking a little and is on quite few heavy dosages of meds. He'll need more surgery later on the inside his mouth where he lost his teeth, as well as checking for any other loose teeth. He chipped quite a few of them. For now the laceration across his face will need to heal, as well as all the other cuts, bruises, and swelling on his face. The doctor said it was a pretty bad laceration, but should heal fine in time. His hands will take some time to heal, with the left one broken and the right with very tender muscles. Even though this was a major accident, we're thankful it wasn't more serious and feel blessed he wasn't alone.

    Thank you all for thinking of him and wishing him a very fast recovery.

    Sincerely,
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    That little wheeled bike hurt my friend..

    Francis, glad to hear your doing well. Heal up ultralord...

    PS: didnt you yardsale on tracker before? that trails got something for ya.. man
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    Dang man! I'm gone on a camping trip for one night and this is what I come back to! Heal up quick cause Demo rides just won't be the same without you.

    It must have beensome wreck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Hello, this is Francis' wife, Cherubin. We just wanted to let you know that he's home now and is quietly recovering. After reading some of the messages posted, there was quite a few people whom I have never had the chance to meet yet, that took great care of him. Thank you, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Our family (especially our 2 little ones) thanks you very much for making sure he got the proper help he needed. It was hard seeing Francis in the ER badly injured. Even in the ER, Francis couldn't believe how his friends helped him and had everything under control...........

    Sincerely,
    Cherubin Cebedo
    Thank you Cherubin. Francis is always considerate and quick to care for others, so I imagine the outpouring of support returned to him will be more than is even displayed here.

    Please send along my healing wishes.

    And ask him if he needs someone to keep his retrotec company while he, ummmm...heals and stuff.

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    Hope you heal fast

    my friend... I'd like to add my name to the "anything you need you just let me know" list. You are one very cool person, Francois and I am very sorry this happened to you.

    I think you should forget about replacing the broken/ missing teeth. You can start a new look for MTBR and we can design a new jersey
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    owie...

    andy told me all about it when i got home from work. YIKES!

    hope you heal fast and get back on the bike soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Hello, this is Francis' wife, Cherubin. We just wanted to let you know that he's home now and is quietly recovering. After reading some of the messages posted, there was quite a few people whom I have never had the chance to meet yet, that took great care of him.................. broken and the right with very tender muscles. Even though this was a major accident, we're thankful it wasn't more serious and feel blessed he wasn't alone.

    Thank you all for thinking of him and wishing him a very fast recovery.

    Sincerely,
    Cherubin Cebedo

    Thank you Cherubin for taking the time to post an update.
    It means the world to us to know Francis is home and doing ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniMae
    andy told me all about it when i got home from work. YIKES!

    hope you heal fast and get back on the bike soon!

    -reggie

    Yeah, I think Andy was a bit shaken himself, he's a good man and did everything he could to comfort francois. The MTBR gang is a hella great group of people.

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    Francois-

    My best to you. The bright side: Being laid up and forced to take it easy, you can catch ALL the World Cup games! Lucky!

    But really, take it easy and let folks take care of you to make sure you heal completely before getting back on the bike.

    And, no one's said it yet since they are all probably being too polite but I'm gonna go ahead and write it. Does this mean that we all might have a fighting chance of keeping up with Francois once he returns? He just might get out of shape while recovering...! No more humble pie served up by the ultralord. (Fat chance!)

    Most importantly, we're all glad you are okay.

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    Sending out some grattitude to some folks

    I wanted to send thanks on behalf of Francis. (For those who don't know, I'm his younger cousin Raymond, aka elsaltamontes.)

    Francis and I have been riding these trails for years. Once a week at least... we both have gone down numerous times, but always back on our feet. But this time, it was bad. But the timing couldn't have been better in regards to the company that surrounded us. If it had been our regular group, we wouldn't have had sh!t in terms of first aid. So, this was a huge lesson learned.

    Big thanks to
    Cassidy aka hairylegs - had a medicine cabinet with him complete with gauze, scissors, etc.
    Fred da Trog - rode down immediately to find help and was first to send the news to the bottom
    Eric (aka Rumpfy) - volunteered to ride out and get Francis' car in case we had to drive him ourselves.
    Andy (edit: aka Crashmaster), Kyle (aka Kmax), Joseph Da Trog - thanks for comforting and talking to Francis. The company was really helpful in calming the nerves (mostly mine!).
    There was another Trog up there... (do you guys do this often or what?!) that helped Francis with more first aid. Sorry, I didn't get your name. (edit: This was Alex, the Trog)

    And everyone that was there who consoled, advised, patted his back, made us laugh, etc. big thanks!

    And of course The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. These guys were awesome, and totally dedicated to helping Francis. Ed, and Thom, (the Forest Managers), the EMT guys and Darrell. For the names I missed, I apologize. Amidst the blur of the event, I'm surprised I even remember what I remember.

    Here's some pics and a video of Francis' ride to the Emergency Room. He was smiling at this point as we joked about the beers we were going to consume on his behalf. The guy is a TROOPER! Get well soon cuz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bustamove
    Both Raymond and I met up at Regional Medical Center in San Jose to check up on Francis. The word got out to family members about the accidend and Francis had a nice support group in the waiting room of the ER late Saturday afternoon while we waited for some news.

    When we left, Francis was scheduled for plastic surgery on his upper lip and had a splint on his left hand -- which was broken. If I remember correctly, a cast will be put on the broken hand later in the week and oral surgery might be required as well. Don't ask me what they did with his teeth. Overall, Francis was in good spirits happy that his family was nearby.

    Raymond shot some photos of Francis being loaded into the heli-vac and a video of the takeoff. Hopefully, Raymond will find this thread and post up the visuals later.

    Many thanks to everyone that helped out either riding out to call for help or standing by Francis and taking care of him after the accident. A special thank you to Thom Sutfin and the CDF and EMT emergency crews that took good care of Francis. I'm sure all the positive vibes being put out are going to help Francis heal a little quicker.

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    Wishing a speedy recovery

    Francois - hope you heal quickly. All the best from me and Crazy Cat Lady (Winona)

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    that sucks! i hope you heal fast, best wishes

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry
    Francois was trying a log ramp on Ridge around Tractor. He must not have been accustomed to his loaner FS shock damping and it messed up his timing.
    Was that the BMC he had for a Pro Review? That'll be some interesting reading!

    But seriously - Francis, I hate reading that you had a bad crash, and I wish you a speedy and complete recovery!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smw
    When your ready we will have to have a que and pool party.
    That's a great idea. We'll gladly host a post-ride recovery party when the time is right. The launch pad needs to be broken in....

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    get better quick fc....hill climb wednesdays won't be the same 'til ya get back.

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