- Hi Pascal ! Can you briefly introduce yourself to the community ?
I’m Pascal LaFontaine, a BMX rider for 6 years already. I’m 21 and I still love my passion as I did at the beginning !
- Can you tell 3 adjectives that describe you?
Persevering, unorganized and hyperactive.
- What inspires you and which rider inspires you the most ?
I must admit that my inspiration for this sport comes from style, the technique and the « street ». Garrett Reynolds is without any doubts the most inspiring rider for me. Then Sean Ricany and Devon Smilie are also riders I like.
- What’s the best advice you ever received?
In this sport, the best advice you can receive is to practice with passion, not because you’re forced to, or because you want to make money out of it.
- When did you start BMX and why ?
I started to practice this sport when I was around 16. My friends got me into it when they switched to BMX from MTB. However I wasn’t willing to change from MTB to BMX at that time but today it’s something I don’t regret !
- Tell us more about your most impressive fall?
I don’t think I had that many hard falls… I broke some bones (my two wrists, my feet, the big toe and my heel) but it was not due to a high fall.
- If you could do BMX somewhere in the world, where would it be?
I consider myself lucky as I traveled to some places such as California. If I had to chose one place, it will San Diego, I’d love to go back there.
- How did the filming go for the last Come Up Bmx’s video ?
At the beginning, I knew it would probably be my last edit because my foot was hurting bad. I planned to shoot some videos during at least 2 summers since it was a project for a DVD. Filming 2 clips per week with my friends was quite a buzz, we thought it would be a success, even if we were exhausted after filming 3 people a day. When summer 2015 began, we were ready to start the filming again of my sections but I was prevented from doing so as my doctor had me doing x-rays. I called TheComeUp website to organize something exclusive. Anyway, with all the efforts I put in my videos I now have a lot of clips stacks. and falls which deserve to see the day soon !
- What is the best thing to do after a day riding non-stop ?
I think taking a shower with both cold and hot water helps feeling better and prepare your body to get ready for the next day.
- What was your reaction when you heard about your disease which prevents you from doing BMX ?
Personally, I think I reacted pretty good to the announcement of my cancer. I just have to accept it. The BMX takes a huge place in my life but I never wanted to made a career out of it. I go to the university in the meantime I work so the transition will just be faster than I expected. I’ll keep riding as a leasure but less intensively than before.
- Would you like to get back to the BMX, or any other sport, even if it means taking risks ?
My foot’s cancer needs an amputation. I’ll have to wear a prothesis but these days they are so effective they allow a lot of things, such as riding my bike again. I’d love to ride again someday, as BMX is passion, I take a great pleasure riding. Filming my friends will also be a priority.
- What are your incoming projects despite your foot’s bone cancer?
I plan on passing my A-level and in the meantime riding for my own pleasure. Though I have a video coming for my sponso Socialbike.co. A video filmed this winter before I quit riding. I shouldn’t talk too much but if I can ride again at a great level, I’ll make an edit again.
- A message you’d like to share to the community ?
If you’re talented, buy yourself a camera and pack your bags to travel and meet people, it’s worth it ! I’d like to thanks my sponsors for their constant help, Socialbike.co and D-structure shop.
Pascal thank you very much ! Hopefully everything will go for the better in the months to come!