*Updated, For those of you who would like to send injured racer Tracy Smith a card or letter they can be sent to Shepard Center, 2020 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, Ga 30309-1465, Attention: Tracy Smith room # 513*

Stories like Tracy Smith‘s validates the closeness of the mountain-biking community.

On Sunday, June 30, 2013, Tracy’s life and his family’s life were changed forever. On a mountain biking trip in Helen, Georgia with his 12 year old son, Evan, Tracy’s peddle hit a rock and he was sent tumbling to the ground head first and broke his neck. Tracy was airlifted to Grady Hospital’s Trauma Center. The following day he underwent surgery to fuse his vertebrae. He is now paralyzed from the chest down with use of his arms and limited use of his hands. (read full article here)

traceysmithsupportHere is a mountain biker from Florida who was riding Georgia trails when crashing and 11 days later word is spreading in the mountain bike community how I, in North Carolina, can give to support Tracy’s mounting medical costs.

Wow, big Kudos to Chain Buster Productions for stepping up and helping with giving away a portion of their sales to Tracy!

It wasn’t too long ago that we had a good friend, Brad Clark, of our club who was injured in a biking accident and our off road biking community surrounded him with much love, prayers, and support.  It was awesome to be part of the team that organized a Time Trial Series to support the Clark family in their hospital bills.

It is great to be addicted to a sport that rallies around other riders that most likely will never cross tire tracks!

Please know Tracy and family, the Trail Mayor will be praying for you all.