Over the weekend, the Down Puerto Vallarta urban downhill mountain biking race was held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. And — as reported by Vallarta Daily — on the second day of competition Sunday, Austrian mountain biker Franz Grossmann suffered a serious crash.
Currently, according to Vallarta Daily, Grossmann is in a serious but stable condition in a Puerto Vallarta hospital, but he currently remains in a coma.
In the days since Grossmann’s crash, the mountain biking community has rallied to support the Austrian pro, sharing a flood of well-wishes for him on Instagram:
In addition to the love on social media — which has birthed the hashtag #staystrongfranz (which currently has 1,260 posts on Instagram) — a GoFundMe account has been set up to help Grossmann’s family in their time of need. Currently, the campaign has raised over $211,000 in two days.
“His family and friends from Austria are on the way to Mexico right now to support him,” the GoFundMe states. “We want to support Franz and his family during the recovery. So every donation is important.”
The Vallarta Daily reports that Grossmann ran the course at least twice on Saturday without any issue, then he took to Instagram to state how scary the course was and how determined he was to push himself on it.
“Never had more ‘oh sh**’ moments ever before and pretty much messed up every single feature,” Grossmann captioned the above video. “Can’t wait to go faster today.”
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