Leah Kirchmann

Canadian Olympian I Professional Cyclist

Loved racing on the gravel in Sweden! 145 km, 8 sections of gravel, & a technical course made for an action packed race from start to finish. We attacked all day and looked to create opportunities. A 10th place in the sprint for me doesn't reflect the effort the team put into the race, but we will the experience as motivation looking ahead to this week in Norway! ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿšฒ . . . #gravel #VargardaWWT #adventureriding #Sweden #UCIWWT #creatingmemories #keepchallenging ๐Ÿ“ท@velofocus

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@teamsunweb was on fire racing through the streets of London last night! ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง A strong leadout put @susanneandersen at the top of the sprint classification, and @corynrivera sprinted onto the final podium in 3rd!๐Ÿฅ‰ Unfortunately I lost a bit of skin in front of Buckingham Palace ๐Ÿ‘‘ and couldn't be there for the final, but thankfully have no major injuries after hitting the ground. I hope all those involved in the final crash also heal up quickly ๐Ÿ“ท @velofocus . . . #getrichordietrying #ridelondon #london #creatingmemories #keepchallenging

Jumped into some fast and furious Dutch crit racing this week as preparation for @ridelondon! #AchtvanChaam was especially hard, as I was in a breakaway with these hitters, where we averaged 43 km/hr for 60 km, then attacked eachother to the line ๐Ÿ˜… I learned that Dutch crit racing is not the same as the North American scene. There are 3 lap points races, 8 place primes & leader competitions. The courses vary in length, and crosswinds might even be a factor. These races are steeped in history as big crowds gather to drink & cheer, and look to spot their cycling heros ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ . . . #critracing #posttourcrits #holland #bikeracing #creatingmemories #keepchallenging ๐Ÿ“ท@daanvanoverveld1

Check out my latest @gozwift blog for @voxwomencycling -> "Top tips and travel essentials for surviving life on the road" (link in bio). Share your travel tips in a comment below if you have any to add! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ›ฉ

On this special day, I am taking a moment to look to the past, but also one year into the future. Depending on final team selections, it could be my first time competing in Japan at the #Tokyo2020 Olympics. But as much as I am excited, I also know from past experience that every time you travel to a new region, you have to prepare for specific risks. When I was in New Delhi competing at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, air quality at the venue posed a challenge to health and performance. My advice: know the risks and always plan ahead to protect your health in every way possible. #DestinationJapan #partner

C'รฉtait une belle journรฉe! So happy to pull off a podium๐Ÿฅˆ here in France at La Course by @tourdefrance! Superb teamwork all day helped give me the confidence to race fearless and go all in for the final sprint up that wall. Amazing things are possible when surrounded by good people, and when you can be your own cheerleader ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿšฒ . . . #lacourse #tourdefrance #podium #believe #happinesswatts #uciwwt #France #cycling #creatingmemories #keepchallenging

I โค racing in the mountains!๐Ÿ” Fun to go on the attack on a crazy hard @girorosaiccrea Queen stage and support the team from the front of the race. Tried to stay with Annemiek as she caught me, but that climbing pace was next level๐Ÿ˜‚ Super strong ride from @lucinda_brand to finish 2nd on the cyclocross gravel sprint up at Lago di Cancano. Also a great ride from @juliettelabous to extend her lead in the young rider classification. Five more stages to go!๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น . . . #mountains #breakaway #happinesswatts #Italy #girorosa #creatingmemories #keepchallenging ๐Ÿ“ท@velofocus

Stage 4 was a day for an all Italian break ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 5th place for me testing out the sprint legs behind. Queen stage today as we head back to the mountains!๐Ÿšตโ€โ™€๏ธ #girorosa #creatingmemories #keepchallenging

T-2 days to the #GiroRosa! This will be my 3rd time tackling the race. The first two editions brought some great memories as I had the honour to wear the pink jersey in both, first after a prologue win in 2016, and then in 2018 after a @teamsunweb TTT victory as we passed the jersey around the team. I'm sure the team will create a lot of new memories as we tackle the next 10 days in Italy! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น #magliarosa #creatingmemories #keepchallenging ๐Ÿ“ท@girorosaiccrea