24 images Created 15 Feb 2019
Talent Of Gold
We all know talent when we see it and HRC factory grand prix racer Calvin Vlaanderen is one of those riders. A 'talent' is actually an ancient measuring scale used to weigh off gold. Over time it became synonymous with value, and today, we use it to describe someone who is able to do something difficult and make it look easy. I spent a full weekend photographing Calvin and his girlfriend, Francka, at the grand prix of Switzerland in Frauenfeld in August 2018. Leading up to the weekend Vlaanderen had secured his first grand prix victory in Indonesia and another moto win in the Czech Republic, but the Swiss round would be frustrating with a mechanical DNF in the first moto after just 9 minutes of racing. The second moto was better (4th), but not up to the new expectations the young South African had set for himself. A selection from this series is featured in my book, Will To Victory.