Toowoomba's mountain bike champion Jared Graves leads the field in a 2017 competition.
Toowoomba's mountain bike champion Jared Graves leads the field in a 2017 competition. Peter Hosking

Tumour surgery 'hardest challenge yet' for champion cyclist

MOUNTAIN bike champion Jared Graves has made it through "the longest night of his life" after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumour last week.

Describing the operation as the hardest thing he has ever done; the former Olympian said the tumour diagnosis had been a ride him and his wife, Jess, had never anticipated.

"A post-surgery MRI has showed most of the tumour, if not all, is gone," Mr Graves said in a post on social media.

"Follow up treatment is still needed in case anything microscopic is left behind that could grow back."

Mr Graves remained awake for part of the craniotomy surgery allowing doctors to monitor his motor function.

He currently remains in hospital, awaiting the results of the tumour biopsy.

Following this he will require months of chemotherapy and physiotherapy in Brisbane.

Support has poured in for the rider, with a GoFundMe page started by MTB teammates Ryan Myler and Blair Sullivan raising over $50,000 in 12 days.

In a post to the page, Mr Myler said the fundraising effort would help support the rider, who was forced to leave the 2018 season early.  

"Being a pro-athlete - while you can be insured for crashing on track - there's no income protection when something like this arises," Mr Myler said.

"The real kicker is the reality of no income as the EWS 2018 year finishes for an athlete whose sole career has been based on racing bikes professionally.

"Jared's ongoing care is not just about the "now" - it's about what's ahead for both Jared and Jess."

More information on the fundraising campaign can be found here.



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