AusCycling | Curtis Set To Bridge The Gap At Champs

Curtis Set To Bridge The Gap At Champs

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Leanna Curtis is no stranger to being on the top step of a podium at the elite national level.

For 16 years the Wollongong based rider was slaying it in the BMX world and in 2019 became the Elite women’s national champion.

But it wasn’t the only two wheels she was dabbling in.

In 2018 she had her first taste of the mountain bike and hasn’t looked back.

“Kind of brought me back to my childhood, spending hours riding bikes in the bush and there’s plenty of really fun and challenging trails around Wollongong that are exciting to ride.”

At the end of 2019 Curtis would make another podium and finish second at the Gravity Enduro National Championships behind one of the disciplines heavy-hitters Rowena Fry in Tasmania, her second ever Enduro race.

2019 Elite Women Podium

“I love enduro racing because it’s pretty challenging, most of the time you don’t know the trails you’re racing very well so you’ve got to be able to think on your feet during the race and that’s exciting. A proper enduro race is quite demanding as well so it gives you a good sense of accomplishment when you survive the day!”

In just over three weeks time, the 28 year will be keen to go one step higher at the 2021 Gravity Enduro National Championships at GreenValleys BIke Park in NSW, a place she knows rather well.

“There’s a good mix of fun flowing berms and technical rock gardens so I think it will really bring out the best all round rider".

There will be six stages riders will have to tackle 5 stages in their bid to claim the green and gold jersey across a number of categories.

“I did a sighting run through the entire course last week and it’s going to be quite a hard day on the legs. There is a couple of uphill pedalling sections so it would be good to remember those and have a good gear selected coming into those sections.”

Leanna Curtis

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And view the preliminary schedule HERE.

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