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"After climbing a great hill, one only finds there are many more hills to climb"
Nelson Mandela

segunda-feira, 24 de junho de 2013

Photo shoot by Leo Cavallini

Eu estava em Bariloche me preparando para o Tour de Los Andes (num leu o relato? Clique aqui!) em Fevereiro deste ano, quando vi o longo email que tinha recebido. Era de um moço muito simpático, o Leo Cavallini, explicando o motivo do contato. Ele, Leo: fotógrafo (Studio Sopa) e ciclista.

O Leo me descobriu via Strava, segundo ele eu possuia títulos de Queen Of The Mountain de trechos que ele pedalava. Ok, diríamos que eu entrei no Strava antes dele se popularizar e acabei conquistando vários QOM's, provavelmente por ser a primeira mulher a andar nos trechos. Em compensação já sai do Strava também (começou a virar competição e achei que não estava legal).

Ele ficou curioso pra saber quem era essa mocinha, descobriu meu blog, leu meus relatos e se interessou pela minha história. Ele buscava alguém que topasse fazer fotos para seu portfólio e a sintonia de momentos profissionais permitiu que executássemos fizéssemos uma bela sessão na Estrada dos Romeiros - minha estrada favorita em SP.

O resultado dessa parceria está aí. Parabéns Leo pelo trabalho, foi um prazer trabalhar com você e com o Caniche! Clap clap clap.
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I was in Bariloche getting ready for Tour de Los Andes (read the report of this race HERE) in February this year when I found a pretty long email on my inbox. It was from a very polite and gentle guy - Leo Cavallini - explaining the reason why he was getting in touch. Leo: photographer and cyclist.

Leo found out about me on Strava. He said I owned a few QOM titles from parts he usually rides on and got curious to know who I was. He found my blog, read my reports and got interested in my story. He was looking for someone who would agree making cycling shoots for his portfolio. It was a perfect match for me, I wanted the same thing.

We ended up spending the whole day at Estrada dos Romeiros - my favorite road training spot in São Paulo - doing the shots. It was a fun and exhausting day for all of us. And all the effort payed off. Thank you Leo and Caniche (his assistant) and congratulations for this beautiful work. Check it out:






This is what Leo wrote about me in his BLOG:

Don't let be fooled by her beauty or her pearl earrings. Viviane is a girl of fiber.
 
While planning her photoshoot, a research about her taught me she was a strong competitor, making things like a trip to Santiago de Compostela, a huge competition called Tour de Los Andes in South America among other incredible deeds.
At the time of our first meeting, she was wearing a splint on her left arm.
Days before, on a saturday, she was training for a mountain bike competition to be held on sunday. It would be her jump from amateur to pro category. Then, during the training the unexpected happened. She crashed, falling on the ground while crossing a railway track and injuring her left hand. She suffered much pain but didn't give much attention, nothing beyond making a curative later on and done.
Despite of the pain, Viviane competed the following day, finished the race succesfully. Pictures of the event, mainly the ones from the 2nd half of the race show her scowl caused by the injured hand.

After the race, she decided to go to an hospital and make a proper x-ray examination. To discover a broken metacarpal bone, the one that connects the smallest finger to the wrist, or let's say the outer side of the palm. She needed to undergo surgery urgently.
The greatest surprise of all this story is that she not only finished the race succesfully and jumped from amateur to pro, but
she
did
it
in
first
place!
With a broken hand!
And I didn't know about this story before because she just don't like bragging about it. See!
As a cyclist (and male, not wishing to be sexist), I felt so fragile in front of this small, vain and delicate girl. Couldn't believe her story, strong girl...
Photos: Leo Cavallini / Studio Sopa
Post-production: Bruno Cas / Terapixel

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