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Words and photos by Marc Landry | Toronto Sports Photographer


July 26, 2011

Photo Report From CMRC Pro National MX6 in Ste. Julie


Round 6 of the CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals went down in Ste. Julie, Quebec this weekend.   The temperatures had cooled down since Gopher Dunes but the racing was still plenty hot.

I had originally planned to head to the race in the Stallywagon with Mark, Brian, Paul and Marc but my gear would have put us over the top and even my best Tetris packing job wouldn’t have cut it.  I wanted to bring my Ranger packs in case there were any opportunities to grab some portraits on Saturday and with those I pretty much fill my Forester.  Ben Milot was going to be doing a freestyle show and I wanted to grab some lifestyle images of him.  I plan on bringing my studio kit with me on the road to any event I drive to.  That leaves only 2 events this year if you want to be immortalized with my strobes.  Just sayin’…

Brian Koster, MotoXRadio Show and CMRC series broadcast host, decided to tag along and share the drive with me. We left on Friday, just ahead of the other crew, to try and avoid some of the nasty construction entering Montreal.  On my way to meet Brian, while stopped at a set of lights, I looked up and an ad on the back of a TTC bus caught my eye.  It was one of my shots for Blue Mountain which was being used in a city wide campaign for their new mountain coaster, the Ridge Runner.  I was aware of the campaign but this was the first ad I have seen.  Blue is a great client and I was stoked to see the ad, it looks great.  I am told it’s also on billboards throughout the city so let me know if you spot one.  Here is a quick iPhone grab of the bus.

Brian and I had a fun drive, listened to some killer tunes and made good time to Ste. Julie.  We all had a great dinner that night, except for the three unlucky souls who got food poisoning from the prime rib.  Guess it wasn’t so ‘prime’ after all.  As hard as it is for me to get away for the whole weekend, part of what I like best about the series so far is the tight group of people I am privileged to travel and hang out with.  Later in the evening we all sat around and watched the DVDs from the Western races.  I know what it’s like to be an artist and be around when people see your work, it can be scary.  I’ve also done my share of video work and know what it takes to pull a show like this off.   Marc Travers and his team do an amazing job and I really enjoyed watching the show with the team.  Everyone was very positive and supportive.  My six degrees with Trav’ is that he did a show called Competitive Edge over a decade ago about downhill mountain biking at Kelso.  I was one of the racers he interviewed.

As with the previous races, I wanted to be in the pits the day before the race to get some relaxed candids and get to know anyone I haven’t met yet.  This race didn’t quite have the same vibe as the other races and the lifestyle wasn’t quite there – that happens.    I think the shakedown everyone was getting at the gate was a bit off-putting.  People seemed pretty stoked on my last photo report and liked the new look of the combined images, guess I better keep it up then.  Here are a few shots from Saturday.

Tyler Sjoberg getting his lid ready for game day

A nice little pano-stitch from five shots I did of the track (click to view in all its glory)

View of the pits from the skylift

Richard Grey’s mechanic’s pre flight check list

Teddy Maier’s buckets

On Sunday I headed in early to try and get some of the nice morning light which is usually present for the riders’ meeting.  The light wasn’t as nice as it was at Gopher Dunes but I still got a few shots I like.  This venue had great potential, photographically, but I really struggled to get clean backgrounds and killer action.  I’m happy with the images I got but hate knowing that had things been different I could have got even better stuff.  The track seemed very “one-line” and telling the story of the race in a single frame was challenging.  I hiked all over the track to try and find a location that suited my style but, like the other photographers, had to stay close to home for the main motos.  I usually research an event before I photograph it – see what has been done, not done and see if I can pre-visualize something I’d like to capture.  This helps me decide what kit to bring as well as the direction of the light throughout the day.  I didn’t find any great shots from this venue but came up with a game plan that worked for me.  For this race I used my 70-200mm f2.8 and 200mm f2 with a TC-14E teleconverter, giving me an effective focal length of 280mm. I managed to find a nice hip to shoot during practice and a few dusty berms during the race.  It wrecked my gear but I love the shots.  It really limited my chance of getting a clean pic of everyone but I decided that a killer pic of a few guys was better than a bunch of mediocre shots of everyone.  I think I made the right call.   Here are a few of my images from race day.

Hangman Productions’ Paul Rak making sure everything looks perfect on the Monster arch.

 Ryan Gauld, getting the scoop.

Jason Burke’s Machine Racing Honda getting some love

The Sewell brothers

Dusty Klatt

Tyler Sjoberg

Bobby Kiniry buzzing the tower – aka my lens

Ben Milot’s halftime freestyle show with Max Pilon

Jeremy Medaglia and his trusted wrench, Marc Brunet

Colton Facciotti gets his scrub on

Jeremy Medaglia on his way to a decisive win in his first moto

Topher Ingalls fought hard this weekend.

Shawn Maffenbeier

Paul Rak laying down the holeshot line

This little girl just put a huge smile on my face. Think this is the plan for my daughter at Walton!


To request access to complete gallery from this event please contact me.  These images are available for commercial use only.

About the Author

Marc Landry is a Toronto, Ontario based action sports photographer. Honing his skills on local and World Cup cycling circuits, Marc has since expanded his subject matter to include several outdoor adventure sports. Marc is in his element when surrounded by the energy that top athletes radiate. The relationships he forms with his subjects is apparent in his images and is part of what defines his look. He is most at home in the mountains and his preference for long glass and elaborate lighting setups has become his signature style. Born and raised in Ottawa, Marc now lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter


  1. KLB

    sweet pics Marc!

  2. JP

    These are so amazing. nice work Marc!


  3. Jerome

    The last pic is my daughter… thanks a lot for the photo Marc…. it’s really a nice one :-)

    • Thanks Jerome. She is so cute. Made me miss my daughter. Getting a set of those headphones and bringing her next time. I am going to email you a copy of the picture. Thanks for the comment!

  4. Randy Wiebe

    Nice shots Marc ,looked like a fun weekend!

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