Sometimes the cruelty that comes with a chasing a dream is too much to overcome. With each setback, a person’s determination is questioned, and after so many incidents, it is understandable for one to simply shelve their pursuits. Had Trey Canard changed his career path after back to back broken femurs, it would have been reasonable. After the vicious crash and resulting injury he was victim to last winter, many expected him to retire. But that Trey Canard even continued to race, let alone professionally, after losing his father as a child is an indication of his desires to be one of the sport’s best. REVival41, the documentary by CytoSport and UX Entertainment Group, brings the full scope of Trey’s inner drive to light for all to see.
The film begins with Canard standing outside of Angels Stadium clad in a back brace, and then flashes to footage of the collision with Ryan Morais. We see the beginning of the long recovery process, including a cringe worthy shot of Canard’s spine on the operating table and the numerous follow up visits to various doctors.
Over the course of the thirty-two minutes, you begin to understand just how deep racing is rooted in the Canard family. His father, Roy, raced in for years and owned a dealership, behind which Trey learned to ride at the age of two and a half. The shop’s current owner, Shane, states that like all other professional racers of this era, it was evident that Trey had a gift for riding at a young age and the family began the grooming process. They built a track on the property and climbed the ranks, earning the support of numerous industry brands along the way, but it would be on that property where the first tragedy would occur. While maintaining the course, the tricycle-style tractor used by Roy overturned and pinned the elder Canard beneath. 12-year-old Trey would be the one to find him after some time. Roy passed away from his injuries, but this did not end Canard’s riding career. In fact, it may have fueled his desire even more.
There are a few key traits about Canard that the film focuses on: his strength and work ethic, his faith, and his desire to return to the top level of the sport. His physical strength, which was already incredible prior to the injury, and the training program he adapted helped his body heal at rate that was far quicker than any his doctors initial expected. As soon as he was medically cleared to begin light training, he began working on a stationary bike and jumped on a road bike soon after. In a gym that is spotlessly clean, he and his trainer redeveloped his body to cope with the metals now holding his spine. Perched on a BOSU Ball, its clear that his range of motion is not at all limited.
Canard is just outspoken enough to show the strength in his faith without being off-putting. While injured, he and his congregation went on a missionary trip to Africa, a trip that he said he would never trade for anything. Spending his summer in Shawnee, he reconnected with his family and friends and shared his experiences, which further instilled his faith in God. Despite the hardships and injuries, he feels that all of it is in his life’s plan.
The film concludes with Trey carving laps at his track in Shawnee, and it is clear that Canard has not lost any skill or confidence in his riding. REVival 41 documents a long chapter of Trey Canard’s already storied career, one that ends at Anaheim Stadium on January 5th. No matter how the night or the rest of the year goes, 2013 is already an incredible success for the TC41.