Video: Techy Tricks and Big Drops From a BMX Rider Who Lost His Leg to Bone Cancer

Oct 21, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

bigquotesBack in 2015, after filming a couple of head-turning video parts, Canada's Pascal Lafontaine was diagnosed with bone cancer and had to undergo the horrifying process of losing his leg. Understandably he thought that those videos had become the last he'd ever film.

After three years of rehab he learnt to walk and even ride about on his bike, all while going through chemotherapy and dealing with 15 separate foot breaks. He is still in chemotherapy and trying different treatments but he managed to relearn how to ride with his prosthetic leg and slowly but surely got back his skills on a bike and filmed whenever he could. Fast forward to a few weeks ago and Pascal emailed us asking about a DIG exclusive - needless to say, we couldn't believe our eyes when we saw the footage he had been collecting. If there's one video to watch this year, it's this one. Nothing is impossible. Sit back and enjoy some of the most incredible and inspiring bike riding from one of the toughest people out there. Look out for the full story in the next print issue of DIG, coming soon.

"I really want to thanks all of my friends that helped me ride again and film this video part."
Dig BMX



74 Comments

  • 88 1
 Can’t even tell he has a prosthetic, unreal riding regardless of his circumstances
  • 29 2
 Had they not shown the prosthetic, I wouldn't have known - inspirational stuff.
  • 11 1
 @spinko: Wouldn't that be a shocker when his foot went flying off on one of the harder landings?
  • 4 0
 What an inspiration, soo much mental toughness it's insane.
  • 3 0
 @spinko: same, until his for broke off in that one shot.
  • 1 0
 @ScandiumRider: yes! Missed opportunity for sure. lol
  • 46 2
 All the other BMX kids thinking they're cool when their hat falls off during a trick, this guy out here spinning his leg clean off.
  • 29 1
 Some people are truly gifted in body and spirit. That’s some remarkable street riding, and a remarkable story. Something about bikes that gets into people’s soul. It becomes part of you no matter what. That helps drive so many people to overcome adversity. Just the thought of having that amazing feeling once more of being out on your bike is an intense motivator. Bikes are powerful, life changing things.
  • 2 1
 Amen brother.
  • 39 10
 If BMX doesn't work out, they always need one legged people to work at breweries. In charge of the hops.
  • 18 1
 Your going to hell for that joke.




I’m going b/c I laughed.
  • 7 2
 Wouldn’t have pegged you for someone to tell a joke like this.
  • 5 1
 I want to upvote and downvote you just so I don't feel guilty.
  • 2 0
 @Trek9er: I upvoted you for being honest
  • 3 1
 You don't joke about people losing their leg! Unless you want then hopping mad.
  • 2 0
 He could also work at IHOP.
  • 2 0
 @ejdh: hahahaha, so good.

What do you call a 3 legged cow? Lean beef.


What do you call a 1 legged cow? Ground beef.
  • 3 0
 I dated a girl with 1 leg, I sure do miss Eileen.
  • 12 1
 At first you're like "ah man, it's so cool you can ride a bike, even with a disability..."

But then you're like "ah man, you're better than almost every other rider out there, even with that disability... You sick motherphucker!!"
  • 11 1
 Just floored by this. Cancer treatment weakens your body and bones. It will turn a healthy kid into looking like a frail old man. Many people see this kid as an amputee doing amazing tricks. I see him as a kid with a weak body but super strong spirit. He is an inspiration to all of us. I hope you kick cancers ass as no doubt you are well equipped!
  • 10 1
 Awesome riding, and what an inspirational story. Not everyone can keep chasing their dreams after dealing with something so serious. Cheers to you for keeping on.
  • 11 1
 Some huge tricks, very inspirational. Also, technically every trick is a one footed combo.
  • 1 1
 Zing!!
  • 8 1
 every time I see a BMXer double tire ride down a stair rail I get reminded that some of us mountain bikers (myself included) tend to struggle with skinnies, while they are riding down something literally as wide as their tire. And that's not even talking about the video... insane riding regardless and ad to it the fact he lost his leg... insanity
  • 2 0
 or the fact that its brakeless
  • 9 1
 Super stoked on this video! Congrats brother!
  • 10 1
 WOW! Just friggin' WOW!
  • 3 1
 This video, and his story, are incredible. The start of the video was haunting....although it was a quick glimpse at his fight with cancer, it hit me deep in the feels. Chills.

The rest of the video is a demonstration of what humans are capable of, despite their circumstances. The best part was when he literally lost his foot, and just screwed the f$cker back on and kept at it. There's a message in there.....

Next time there's a steep i'm nervous about riding....im gonna pull a Lafontaine, and just give'r.
  • 5 1
 Where do you even get a seat made for balls that big? Props to you Pascal, you inspire.
  • 4 1
 I'm just bummed because we all suck way more now because of this video. Dude likes going big, that bail from the roof...sweet suckling baby jesus. No thank you. Bar raised.
  • 2 1
 youtu.be/NkfumQPoZqkf

More inspirational badassness
  • 1 0
 What's up with the BMX trend of not wearing helmets? I don't get it. Any of those drops are just as dangerous than mountain biking, with the concrete and high speeds and no brakes and everything. I feel like as hard as this beast of a human has fought he'd want one, but apparently not. What's the history of it?
  • 3 0
 When you have a third leg to begin with, it helps battle back.... wow, i couldnt with 4 legs.
  • 4 0
 You are badass motherfucker!
  • 3 1
 Wow, can't have no in your heart! Battles through cancer and puts out a video of straight bangers. Talk about perseverance, well done Pascal.
  • 2 1
 Very inspirational for me as a fellow amputee rider.. (partial foot) I dont think I'll be trying any stunts like that though. Im happy just going up and down mountains.. Cheers to you!
  • 2 0
 One of the best edits I've ever seen, with all that mixed footage. Inspiring to think of what is still possible when you have "limits"
  • 3 1
 Man really incredible skills, and love his techy style. Knowing the story behind make Pascal a true legend but his riding was alredy impressive. Cheers to you !
  • 2 0
 Rad and as good an advert for the power of positivity as you’ll ever see.

Sean Burns @ Bonedeth.....get this rider on your products and in your edits!
  • 2 1
 I bet Pascal doesn't even KNOW the word "quit", or "give-up", Forking Awesome! "Take that", all you who are too tired, or too sore , or don't feel like riding... Pascal's riding!!! and riding GREAT!
  • 4 1
 Best techy street riding in a while! Im speechless!
  • 2 0
 Thats one of the most amazing footage I've ever seen...your an inspiration too everyone Pascal...AMAZING SKILLS!!!
  • 1 1
 When he's on his bike, it's impossible for me to tell that he's missing a leg. Healing vibes to this bike warrior! I almost feel sorry for his cancer cells. You just know he's gonna kill every one of them!
  • 1 0
 Pinkbike should cover that kid from South America with only one leg that rides. Doesn’t even have a prosthetic. This dude and that other kid slay so hard it’s unreal.
  • 1 0
 Get a helmet man! No point beating cancer and then braining yourself on a kerb. Amazing riding none the less, makes me feel guilty I'm not on my bike today.
  • 3 0
 Kills it.
  • 3 0
 Awesome and inspiring
  • 2 0
 Great riding, great edit!!!
  • 2 0
 BIG RespectA, look forward, stay positive.
  • 2 0
 Such an inspiration! To me this could easily be the video of the year!!!
  • 2 0
 Fuck yeah! Teeth to the wind!
  • 2 0
 Ok, everyone else can fuck off, this dude wins everything.
  • 2 0
 OMG!! F!!K Cancer, ride bikes!!!
  • 2 0
 Well I'm inspired. This guy might be the toughest man alive.
  • 2 0
 Tough as nails. An inspiration to all.
  • 3 0
 WHAT THE FUCK
  • 1 0
 I’m not riding today because I have a stiff neck...... I need to man up. That was inspirational
  • 2 0
 The life you live, is the lessons you teach.
  • 1 0
 MSSIVE RESPECT AND 'THANK YOU' FOR THE INSPIRATION ON HOW TO BOUNCE BACK FROM NEGATIVITY!
  • 2 0
 sick as fuck.
  • 1 0
 That’s a “must see” edit!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 2 0
 WOW
  • 2 0
 ΡΕΣΠΕΚΤ Bro
  • 2 0
 Any one of us. Awesome
  • 2 0
 wow. just wow
  • 2 0
 Hell yeah!
  • 1 0
 I have now run out of excuses. Humbled.
  • 1 0
 Unreal strength and courage. Respect!!
  • 1 0
 Gros respect mec, mais m*rde met un casque!!
  • 1 0
 Super sick riding!
But what is it with BMX and to not wear helmets?
  • 2 0
 No kidding, such high consequence
  • 1 0
 Didn’t know I had to have a BMX bike... aaaaaand proceed to check out
  • 1 0
 All the best Pascal! Keep it real!
  • 1 0
 Sick man, legs or not!

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