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Words and photos by Marc Landry | Toronto Sports Photographer


November 6, 2011

Photo Report from 3rd Annual Dagmar Invitational


Underground races have really taken off in Ontario over the past few years.  I am a big supporter of the officially sanctioned series but there is something about these Toonie races that I love – the vibe is different.  Not sure whether it’s the more relaxed format, smaller group of riders or the now famous post-race photo sessions but these have become a permanent fixture in our scene here in Ontario.  I have been shooting these since the very first events popped up a few years ago and it’s nice to see them grow like they have.  Thirty eight riders participated in the race this weekend which may be the new record.  Even more noteworthy, four of Ontario’s finest female racers took part in the event.

Like most weekends for me, there are always several events I can cover.  Sometimes the choices are easy and sometimes I really wish there were two of me.  That was the case this weekend.  The Canadian National Cyclocross Championships were also taking place on Saturday and making the call to shoot the Toonie race was a tough one.   It came down to what I love.  There isn’t that much to shoot in Ontario that is of interest to publications – this Cyclocross race is one of them.  I sold quite a few images from last year’s race, including a nice double page spread featuring this shot of Derrick St John.

Derrick St John making quick work of the barricades.


I pulled into Dagmar around 10:30 and the road was already lined with cars and riders.  It was only 5°C when I arrived, one of the chillier days we’ve had this fall.  The sun was out and the light looked good though, so I was happy. I was hoping that there would be a bit more leaves still on the trees but most had already fallen. The few that remained where golden and I was able to get some of the rich colours I was looking for after all.

The Tuf Rack crew keeping warm by the heater.


The Dagmar boys now hold a spring and fall race which everyone looks forward to and have become a staple in the overall race scene.  Bill, Jon and his crew do a great job on the course and there is always plenty to capture after the race.  I first shot at this location in 2003 and it’s really developed into a great spot to ride.  The course was completely raked and manicured prior to the race.  It’s a great track, as good as anything out there.  Getting killer shots of the race itself is tricky.  There are no lifts so, understandably,  most riders only do a handful of runs.  What I really look forward to are the post race sessions that have now become a tradition for the toonie races I cover.  I think it’s part of the attraction for riders and I like to do it.  Some of the top dogs like Rob Fraser, Tyler Skrinek, Mike Hermanovsky, and Jeff Faulds were present so I knew it was going to be good.  The racing went off without a hitch and a good time was had by all.  Here are a few shots from a stellar day at the Dagalanche.

Derek Abraham dropping in.

Rob Fraser surfing through the loose stuff.

Eastside crew chillin'

One of Ontario's deadliest berm killers, Mike Hermanovsky

Rob Fraser – Suicide No Hander. Rob nailed a subsequent shot (fully clapped) but I prefer this one.

Eastside train over the gap jump.

Sometimes it's hard to capture the mood of an event, not this time.

Trishalish has some skills and a lot of heart. She raced hard and held her own in the post ride sess.

Tyler has such nice style and seemingly endless energy he will devote to getting the shot.

Tyler letting off a little steam.

Rob making quick work of the rock garden.

Every time I took a shot of Tyler I had to remove branches or recompose my shot. Kid was way up there!


Huge thanks to Bill and his Dagmar crew for making this event happen. Thanks to Jon at Tuf Rack and Mark Kendall for helping with timing and logistics.  It was great to see everyone and catch up.  Lots going on in the province and nothing beats a face to face for getting things done.  Massive thanks to the riders that hung around to session stuff afterwards,  I always appreciate the effort. I have a few more shots I will send out to guys so don’t be discouraged if you don’t see your pic here.


Here are the results:

Pro Class:

Rob Fraser 49:82
Tom Kakamousias 50:37
Sam Winter 53:09
Brandon 54:16
Kristofer Evoy 54:62
David Klaver 54:81
Mike Hermanovsky 55:66
Chris Fowlie 55:68
Kevin Johnstone 56:31
Jeff Faulds 56:41
Peter-John Wegrynowski 57:57
Colin M 58:06
Jon Palframan 58:37
Bill Graham 59:00
Derek Abraham 1:01:50
Grag K 1:04:97
Tyler Skrinek

Female Class:

Monika Luebke 1:07:65
Jenn LeBlanc 1:07:72
Diane McCullagh 1:13:03
Trish Bromley 1:16:37

Amateur Class:

Nick Outram 55:79
Jeremy Lavigne 57:63
John Danyluk 57:65
Derek Taylor 59:00
Jack 59:00
Wayne 59:16
Matt Rea 59:81
Jeremy V 1:01:25
Paul Evans 1:01:44
Benjamin Tellerd 1:01:93
Tom 1:02:38
Adam 1:04:13
Ben Gratton 1:04:25
Jordan 1:04:34
Tyler 1:09:28
Jim T 1:18:62
Anthony Winter 1:19:50

Congrats to all the participants!

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. Bill Graham

    Awsome shots and write up as usual Marc. Thanks for coming out and shooting the event. You are a great guy and I love seeing your car pull up when we do rides like this.

    • Thanks Bill. It’s an honor and I truly love being there with you guys. The next best thing to riding is being there to capture it! Looking forward to the next event buddy! Great job on this one as always!

  2. Steve Hayes

    Awesome write up and photos Marc! Wish I was there!

  3. sam

    Amazing shots! Are you going to post any pictures of other riders?

    • Hey Sam. i do have a few more shots but am honestly just too swapped to get a link up. I am working on a big project and may try and include some with that. Keep checking back buddy!

  4. Colin MacIntosh

    Was great to see you out there Mark! Amazing shots and write up!

  5. Jeremy V

    Great job as usual Marc! Awesome shots!
    we are so lucky to have a guy like you in our biking community

  6. KS

    Derek Abraham – best athlete on the planet!

    Also, neat photos

  7. Shane

    One of the best attended Fall rides ever!!
    It was a perfect day.
    Thanks for always being there Marc!!

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