Rocket Lal is synonymous with perpetual smiles during rides and photo shoots. Even after a few hours in front of the lens, Lalena Desautels, still pumped out great energy by the end of the day.
I know Lalena is very proud of her new bike and she should be. Her 2014 Transition Covert is a one very light, capable machine with killer looks. She took the time to build it up with some sweet bling. Hopefully, in the future she’ll let me take it out for a rip in the local hills.
The focus of the shoot was to get some photos of her bike before it gets that’ worn in’ look from an ace rider. I’ll save the mud and scratches for a future shoot with her shredding the trails. Looking forward to that day because I know Lal can ride with the best of them and style it like no other women rider can. Her junior days on the Canadian National Downhill team may have been a while ago but time has only made her a more skilled and finesseful rider. Plus, she’s just plain fun to hang around with!
So while we were concentrating on bike shots I couldn’t help but notice Lal’s multifaceted personality – from a sweet little girl to a strong, and confident woman who can ride and shred a photo shoot. Saweeet. I really happy with how the photos turned out. I believe that my goal to capture her with emotion and give the world a taste of who Lal is came across.
The 2013 Ontario Off-road riding season is soon upon us and personally I cannot wait! An opportunity to share good times with friends, ride a new trail and become one with the bike. I am also looking forward to riding the trails with my camera gear in tow searching for those perfect action shots. I have many plans this summer and, hopefully, some good news to share in a few weeks. In the meantime, Cecile Gambin Photography will be out in full force this season at most of the off road and cycling events throughout our great province. So, don’t forget to ham it up when you see my lens and say ‘hello’!
The 2012 race season has begun with the annual, and unpredictable, ‘Homage 2 Ice’ event. Unpredictable only because of Mother Nature. This early season race has seen snowy fields and icy trails in the past but despite the call for steady rain the trails were hard packed and dustless. Perfect to test winter legs and hone rusty technical skills.
Dan Marshall of Substance Projects executed a flawless event. Listening to riders, Dan put together a seamless 25 km loop with the right amount of climbing and lots of fun, flowy singletrack. Held at the Mansfield Outdoor Centre, Dan had two events to choose from: a 25 km and double your fun with the 50 km option. ‘Substance Projects’ even had a race for kids. Taking home the gold, Liam was visibly knackered after a hard fought race on trails specially built for little cruisers. His little legs rocked that bike!
Kudos to Dan and his tireless crew for hosting a great event complete with über cool music and a burgers on the barbie. Congratulations are also extended for all the participants for a race well done. It was great to see everyone and seeing everyone ride with smiles on their faces made me miss riding myself.
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