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Rider Profile: Erice van Leuven

18-08-2022: We are excited to be supporting riders from a huge range of backgrounds and experience. One of our younger supported riders, Erice van Leuven caught up with us before she jetted off to Europe. Watch this space - this girl is tearing it up with so much more to come!


Name: Erice van Leuven  
Hometown: Lower Hutt/ Wellington  
Current Bike(s): All Commencal, Furious Size small, Supreme XS, currently building a Custom Clash Mullet Size small, Clash junior, Meta HT AM small and an Absolute in small.

How did you get started out riding?

My two older brothers first took me riding when I was seven years old, and I haven’t looked back since!

What is your favourite part about biking?

My favourite thing about biking is going out riding with my brothers and doing technical steep trails. I also love jumps.  

Favourite trails/tracks/rides?

My favourite trails are 491, my local go-to technical trail that I've been riding for six years, Kaka DH track in Nelson and Dream track in Queenstown.  

Your biggest cycling achievement(s) so far?

My biggest achievements by far are winning my first big proper DH race in Rotorua in my category and coming 2nd  overall. Landing a back-flip last year and a tuck no-hander on Dream track. UPDATE: Erice achieved 3rd place on her first ever overseas race: 'French Cup Chatel Race' (pulling the fastest time in her category for the steep and techy bottom half of the track too!)

What is your goal for the season ahead?

Really keen to get stuck into DH racing big time but also keep it fun with some freeride on the side!

When you're not biking, you are...  

Playing sports like Hockey and hanging out with family and friends.

Favourite Marleen products?

Maxxis Downhill tyres for sure, Assegai/DHR combo is hard to beat.

Erice runs a full cockpit of Spank as well as Spank pedals and wheels and iXS for Helmet, Goggles & Armour.

season plans AHEAD:

Erice will be racing the French DH cup in Châtel, France which runs over the 13/14 Aug as well as a whole line up of other races while she is travelling Europe.

Keep up to date on what Erice is up to via her instagram page: Follow @ericevanleuven