GEARED WITH: 2016 KTM 450SXF (ABUISSA, OXFITNESS LAB-SPONSORED KIT), FOX V4 FULL CARBON HELMET, & FOX INSTINCT BOOTS
INTO: ENDURO, MOTOCROSS, AND FREESTYLE
32-year-old Leroy, who works as a Key Account Specialist, has been living in Qatar for five years. He shares a home with his wife and inspiration, Valerie, who’s been very supportive of his passion. “Val inspires me to grow in life. She is self-motivated, hard working, and dedicated. Once she puts her mind to it, she will achieve it,” he shares.
The two have recently tied the knot. “Val and I got married on 9th of July 2016. We’ve known each other for over three years.” She sees to it that hubby is well and fit, especially for his matches. “Val is my nutritionist on race days, ensuring I’m energized between motos! [On race days] she keeps me in a really good mood, which is great for racing. Happy rider equals good results,” he says.
Apparently, she is more that just a partner. “My wife supports me in anything I do, not only in racing. She is also that shoulder to cry on when things don’t go according to plan,” he shares. Valerie and Leroy also exercise together. “We are very competitive with each other, but she wins on the brains side. She controls the boat, I create the waves,” he fondly laughs.
Leroy started in South Africa at the age of 24. “I have currently been riding on and off for seven years,” he says. He
went about his journey on two wheels playing BMX and downhill MTB up until 2008 when his brother purchased a motocross bike and dragged him into getting one for his self, too. “He kind of forced me to buy one as well,” he recalls with no regrets, “[and] from that day, I have never looked back.”
He emphasizes practice as a key factor for improvement. “You will need time on the bike as the most important point is being comfortable which makes it more natural.”
Leroy believes that he started at a rather late age for a professional rider, but insists that the sport is actually about enjoying it. “The ideal age for a professional rider would be roughly three years old,” he says. “To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend an ideal age. If you wanted to ride for fun, the important part is to have fun.”
Ride it like you stole it! -Leroy