Leah Kirchmann   

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Leah Kirchmann
COUNTRY
Canada
Residence
Sittard, the Netherlands
Riders Type
All-rounder
Favourite Liv Bike
Envie
Pro Since
2013
2017 Race Kms
3569
2017 Race Days
36



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ABOUT Leah Kirchmann

Leah Kirchmann started playing sports at an early age. “My parents got me out on cross-country skis when I was five. At 13 I competed in a kids mountain bike race program in Winnipeg and a coach immediately recruited me to their road team. Old school training techniques and comical road trips across the country helped develop my skills and resilience as a rider.”

Ask any teammate about Leah’s characteristics and you’ll only get positive feedback. “She is not only talented as a cyclist but also helpful, friendly and a delicious cook. A top girl on all counts.” When racing, Kirchmann’s intense competitive nature becomes evident. “Some people underestimate this side of me. I’m fairly quiet and laid-back off the bike, so they can be surprised when I tear their legs off in a sprint.”

In previous years, the 26-year-old Canadian has achieved great results and in 2014 she became Canadian champion in both time trial and on the road. One year later she won two stages and the sprint jersey at the Tour of California and in 2016 she won the prologue at the Giro Rosa. Last year Kirchmann was member of the team that took the team time trial victory at the world championships in Bergen. “The whole day was magical. We hadn’t won a team time trial all season, so our expectations were really realistic and we were only thinking about riding the best race possible. During the race, we heard our splits were good, but not the best. Everything came together and we were delighted with our victory.”

Leah is keen to continue to develop her talents and wants to get as close to perfection as possible. “Every year I identify my weaknesses and see where I can improve, both as an individual and as a team rider. This year I will work on my mental strength together with my new trainer. I hope I can contribute towards many more victories for the team.”

"Go fast and have fun!"


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