How To Do Motocross With Václav Chvojka
Before Vaclav Chvojka was a model, he was a professional motocross athlete. Vaclav took part in Elite Model Look in 2018, and represented Czech Republic at the 35th Elite Model Look World Final in Tenerife. Now a model with Elite in Prague, Bratislava, Milan and Barcelona, he gives us the inside track on dirt biking like a pro.
How did you first get interested in motocross?
The first time I ever did motocross, I was 2 years old, when my family friend let me ride his motorbike before his race. When I was 6 years old, I saw a little motorbike and I wanted it. And then, for Christmas, I got my first motorbike as a present, which is how it all started.
What skills does motocross develop?
So, motocross taught me patience, responsibility, purposefulness, hard work and diligence. I have gained a lot of new friends through motocross and have also learnt valuable time management skills, as I was always very pushed for time.
You used to do motocross professionally - what was that like?
Sometimes there was a lot of pressure on me, but I always enjoyed it.
Did you travel for races with motocross?
I travelled to races all over the Czech Republic and I went to Austria a few times. I have a lot of motocross trophies at home, but I can’t remember how many times I won, as it was quite a few!
EML is also a contest, and like sports, you must have the right mindset. What mindset did motocross give you?
In motocross I learned to keep calm in stressful situations, and I would say that this helped me a lot in EML
Do you have a motocross hero?
Yes, my motocross hero is Stefan Everts.
Apart from model skills, what was the biggest lesson you learned at EML?
I learned to keep calm in every situation and enjoy everything that modelling has to offer.
What characteristics are you most proud of having?
I am a joker, so in stressful situations I am clear headed. I am friendly and talkative and when there is something I am not good at, I have stamina to try to learn it.
What music or films inspire you?
My favourite songs are:
Don’t Worry be Happy by Bobby McFerrin
We are the Champions by Queen
Not afraid by Eminem
My favourite films are:
Yes Man, Intouchables, Peaceful Warrior, Rocky and Never Back Down
Someone wants to apply to EML but is scared to fail. What do you say to them?
There is no reason to be afraid, because there is nothing to lose, you can only gain.
To whom would you most like to say “thank you” to?
I want to say “thank you” to my parents because they have always supported me in everything I did and stilldo.