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The weekend before last, Tony Gardikas (aka Tony G) was riding in Aliso Viejo, CA. While riding he lost control of his bike and crashed. He landed on his head and broke his helmet in three places, and his NECK in three places as well (C2, C6 and C7). The doctors said that his injury is consistent with the one Christopher Reeves suffered. Tony also severely bruised his Carotid Artery and his Dr. was concerned about stroke. He is not going to have to wear a halo, but is in a very ridgid (and reportedly uncomfortable) plastic neck brace.

As we speak, Tony is not going to suffer from any kind of paralysis nor is he in any further danger of stroke...he is going to ride again; not soon, but he will ride again.

The Path Bike Shop in Tustin, CA and The Bike Company in Lake Forest, CA are going to sponsor and organize a benefit on behalf of Tony as he has no health/medical insurance. We are going to hold a demo day and ride on March 10 in Aliso Woods in Orange County, CA. Details to follow, but we will also hold a raffle (the proceeds of which will go to Tony G). The raffle will be for some pretty high-end stuff as many of our vendors know Tony G and want to help and are kicking in some really cool stuff. Stay tuned to www.thepathbikeshop.com and www.bikeco.com for more info as we plan the event.

-Mondo
 

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Ugh...

Id Rider said:
UPDATE

Visit www.thebrokenmanride.com for updates and info.

The event has been moved to March 17th to avoid conflicts with race weekend dates.

Thanks to everyone and we hope to see you there!!

-Mondo
I can vouch that the Aspen collar isn't very comfortable especially sleeping! I got lucky like he did but I dislocated my c7 & t1 and cracked the t1 for good measure. After 2 surgeries I have 5 fused vertebrae and a neck full of hardware for a souvenir and reduced range of motion! Fortunately I have good insurance but still owe some $$$.

I'll try to help with a few bucks.
 

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I posted this on the So Cal Mtb group on myspace and on an aggressive rollerblading board because some skaters also ride. What's kind of funny is that these kids who slide down handrails and jump crazy gaps with no safety gear think WE'RE crazy.
 
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