Leah Kirchmann   
Leah Kirchmann
COUNTRY
Canada
Residence
Sittard, the Netherlands
Riders Type
All-rounder
Favourite Liv Bike
Envie
Pro Since
2013
2015 Race Km's
2894
2015 Race Days
40
ABOUT Leah Kirchmann

Leah Kirchmann is one of the break-through riders of 2016. Her high levels of performance were consistent throughout the year and she finished 8th in the UCI rankings. Kirchmann took the win at the Giro Rosa prologue and represented Canada at the Rio Olympic games. “Wearing the pink jersey at the Giro Rosa was the most special moment in my career so far. It only lasted for one stage, but it tasted sweet.” In previous years, the 26 year old Canadian also gave some great performances. In 2014 she became National Champion both in time trial and on the road. In the same year, she finished in third place at La Course on the Champs-Élysées.

Sports have always been important in Leah’s life. Kirchmann explains. “My parents got me out on cross-country skis at the age of five. At the age of 13 I competed in a kids mountain bike race program in Winnipeg and I was hooked after a few good battles through the dirt. A coach that was watching noticed and 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.”

Leah likes to win. Her intense competitive nature is most evident when she’s racing. “I think people underestimate this side of me. I’m fairly quiet and laid back off the bike, so people are surprised when I happen to tear their legs off in a sprint.”

“I want to do my best be and see how far I can go in the sport, always in a positive way. Go fast and have fun, that’s my motto. Every year I identify my weaknesses and see where I can improve. Both as an individual rider and as a team rider. This year my focus is more on periodization throughout the season, targeting certain races on the calendar. One of my strengths is consistency, I think this will help me achieve even greater performances on the bike.

“I hope I can contribute towards lots of victories for the team” says the determined Kirchmann. “Personally, I hope to target some specific spring classics in 2017 that suit my strengths as a rider, such as Flanders and Gent-Wevelgem. My biggest dream? To become an Olympic Champion would be amazing.”

Due to a nasty injury of one of the team leaders Sabrina Stultiens, Kirchmann almost doubled her number of races last season. She did so without complaining, always working to a high level. “It’s amazing how she performed so well in so many races. We are all so proud of her”, Stultiens says. “She is not only talented as a cyclist but also helpful, friendly and a delicious cook. A top girl on all counts!”



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