Leah Kirchmann

Canadian Olympian I Professional Cyclist

We live in a fast changing and globally connected world, and I think everyone is feeling the effects in some way by now. The cycling season has come to an abrupt halt, just as it was ramping up. However, it is in times like these when the most important things in life become evident. Travelling and competing as a pro cyclist is a passion, but the health and safety of the world is the most important priority right now. Travel is a privilege, and this situation reminds us of the associated risks and the need to take preventative measures. Please take care of yourselves and take the right precautions! #DestinationJapan #partner

Strong leadership from @teamcanada in regards to #Tokyo2020, announcing Canada will not send a team unless the games are postponed. Of course as athletes we want to compete, and train our whole lives for the opportunity to do so, but health & safety need to come first at the very moment ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ. Postponement is the only responsible course of action #olympics

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Thanks to @cbc.sports for giving me the opportunity to share my experience and advice as a pro athlete dealing with the current outbreak. Check out the link in my bio for full read. Takeaway messages: * "Control the controllables" - You have the power to prevent the spread of disease by social distancing. Be a hero and stay home!โœ‹ * Look for the opportunities in this challenge - Is there a way you can use your skills & knowledge to help your community in this time of need?โค *Don't forget to take care of your mind & body, movement & time in nature is the best๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒบ Take care everyone! #covid19 #controlthecontrollables #beaherostayhome #socialdistancing #flattenthecurve

Iโ€™m a member of @thecyclistsalliance, because I believe in a united voice for female cyclists.The aim is to deliver a safe and stable working environment for 100% of professional female cyclists!๐Ÿ˜Š . If youโ€™re passionate about joining our movement for change, and want to strive for fairness, then please join us or donate to the cause. Together we drive the change we want to see!๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ . . #cyclistsalliance #womenscycling #striveforfairness #progress

As you know, I was just in Australia for @tourdownunder and @cadelroadrace. Going straight from the cold Canadian winter to Australian summer made heat acclimatization an important performance factor to consider for this block of racing. This experience offered valuable insight into what will be necessary for athletes to prepare for #Tokyo2020. The games are projected to be the hottest on record, so pre-race acclimatization and cooling strategies will be essential! Factors such as climate, timezones, food and taking the proper health precautions are important things that all travellers should consider before leaving home. How are you planning to prepare for the demands of your next destination? #DestinationJapan #partner

After three weeks of full focus, culminating in a team victory, we decided to do something a little bit different to enjoy our last day in Australia!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿš #heliride #creatingmemories

Proud to be part of the @thecyclistsalliance rider council along with these strong empowered women! Don't hesitate to reach out to any one of us with questions, or suggestions. We are here to represent riders from ALL cycling disciplines ๐Ÿšฒ I strongly encourage joining as a member if you have not already. The list of benefits continues to grow as we do - some current benefits of membership include help with contracts, nutrition counseling, a mentorship program, concussion testing, and legal help with dispute resolution. We are stronger together, & progress is possible if we stand united! ๐Ÿ˜ . #cyclistsalliance #womenscycling #progress #womeninsport