In this book I am presenting three views of the world championship motocross. First, photos from the 2018 season where we enjoyed an incredible year witnessing the rise of Jorge Prado and maybe the fastest grand prix racer ever, Jeffrey Herlings.
In my work I spent as much or more time off the track and in the crowds as I did in the first corner, and with it, I'm presenting a new view of motocross.
Through lengthy interviews at home with Stefan Everts, Harry Everts, Joël Smets and David Thorpe, I probe their beliefs on the will to become a world champion, the nature of talent, mental and emotional preparation and their on-track tactics. The result of these interviews is a sensational insight into the minds of champions and a roadmap for your own ambitions, whatever they may be.
Covering 15 rounds of the series saw me travel 80,000 kilometers through 24 countries and 3 continents. Along the way I wrote books of notes describing what I saw and experienced in these far flung locales.
My goal with these three views is to give you a deeper understanding of what the grand prix series is really like today and to understand the mind of champions. After all the effort to make this I am happy with how the book has turned out and I believe you will be too.
Thank you for your interest in my work and enjoy the book!
Roddy MacLeod's grand prix motocross book, Will To Victory, has won three Honourable Mentions at the 2019 International Photography Awards. The honours were awarded in the categories: Self-Published Books, Editorial Sports and Extreme Sports.
Reacting to the news MacLeod says, "Will To Victory has been a work of love and has been declared a unanimous success from the motocross press and by those who have purchased the book. Having it now recognized by the international photography community is a great and unexpected honour. I believe there is tremendous beauty in motocross and these awards confirm the international photography critics have seen it too."
The International Photography Awards™ conducts an annual competition for professional, amateur, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today.
Will To Victory author Roddy MacLeod is interviewed on the Fox 74 Show at the grand prix of France. Fox says, "If you're into sports photography then you wouldn't want to miss this segment as Jeff Emig and Georgia have the Canadian photographer Roddy Macleod on the show."
In the video the trio discuss some favourite images from the book, motocross photography and goosebumps: Learn more about Will To Victory on the FOX 74 Show
Excerpt: "Will to Victory is the most impressive motocross book I have ever seen. It is a massive effort, nearly 300 pages, packed not only with excellent race photos, but also essays, interviews, profiles, and more."
"Our MX book collection here at Racer X is pretty big and extensive, from the Gianni Prandi’s World Cross Annuals of the 1980s to Simon Cudby’s American Motocrossseries of the 2000s; from the late Pat Boulland’s Images Du Motocross to the late Terry Pratt’s masterpiece on the 1972 season called Grand Prix Motocross, and everything in between. Roddy MacLeod’s Will to Victory is a step above, both in size and quality, as the paper alone is the stuff of a museum art book.
Will to Victory is a great big beautiful book. It belongs in your moto library or on your coffee table—you will go back to it time and again. Congratulations to Roddy MacLeod on a job well done."
Excerpt: "The first thing that hits you when you see the book is the size – it’s big! And it has to be with the quality of photos on offer, they are superb.
A mix of on-track action, behind the scenes with factory riders and a fan’s perspective, all angles are covered through Roddy Macleod’s lens of the most prestigious motocross championship in the world, MXGP.
Roddy MacLeod has done a superb job with this book, it is a must have for any motocross fan and most definitely a collector’s item that can provide a historical backdrop of the sport for future generations."
Gatedrop.com asks Roddy MacLeod about his start in photography, his goals for the book and what surprised him during the 2018 grand prix season. They also talk about MacLeod's award winning cover on Racer X Illustrated magazine.
MXVice.com was the first online platform to get enthusiastic about my new book and they did an interview with me back at the grand prix of Turkey. Lewis Philips and I walked the track while he asked me questions about the book, what I'm doing and my history in the sport. Go on over to mxvice.com and give them a read...
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