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Well-known mountain biker recovers from gunshot wound

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A Portland man, who is well-known in the cycling community, is recovering after being shot in California.

Matthew Slaven is a professional mountain bike rider who was in Santa Cruz Monday night for a business trip; when police say he was shot during a robbery.

In the mountain biking world, the name Matthew Slaven is well known.

He's a professional rider for the Kona Bicycle Company, and an athlete who has inspired so many in the biking community.

"Matt is a super cool guy. Really calm and we always say he moves fast on the bike, and moves slower off the bike," said Corey Stayton, a friend of Slaven.

Shock and concern spread quickly through the biking community as many heard that Matthew Slaven was shot in Santa Cruz, as he walked through a park.

Police in that town believe Matthew Slaven and three others were robbed by a gunman, who ended up shooting Slaven in the shoulder.

"When I got called I just started crying, you know. I kept saying, no, no," said Sylvia Slaven, Matthew's mom.

News of the shooting has been difficult for Matthew Slaven and his family, as well as those who know him.

"I was floored and in disbelief. It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy," said Will Heiberg, who is one of the owners of Lumberyard Bike Park.

The 36-year-old would visit Lumberyard Bike Park with his family on a regular basis, to have fun and make a difference on those practicing their skills.

"Just an amazing personality, who always was upbeat, always happy, always reaching out talking to people. He's always there with a smile and a joke handing out bits of advice," added Heiberg.

Matthew Slaven's mom says he's been racing since he was 12 years old, and spent years perfecting his craft.

She says he's definitely a fighter who won't let this slow him down.

"You just never know about things like that. We're just hoping he makes a full recovery, and he can continue to pursue the sport he loves,' added Sylvia Slaven.

The suspect in this case has not been found.

In the meantime, Matthew Slaven remains in a Santa Cruz hospital, where his mother says he's doing much better.

He continues to recover.

There's no word on how long it could be, before Matthew Slaven could get back on a bike again.

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