Cycling was originally a form of cross-training for Leah Kirchmann, the Canadian using it alongside cross-country skiing. But when it was suggested she try cycling, she joined a kids’ mountain bike programme and was hooked after just a few races.
Classing herself as a sprinter/all-rounder, Leah ended 2018 on a high, fourth in the worlds time trial and a top 10 in the road race. After being crowned 2017 world team time trial champion too, time-trialling is an area Leah now looks to develop, believing she has a lot of potential, as well as searching for success in the Spring Classics.
Quietly-determined and motivated, Leah always looks to areas for improvement, a philosophy which complements Team Sunweb’s visions.
Away from cycling, Leah is a graduate, achieving a degree in Arts and Science with a focus on nutrition and public health. She remains incredibly passionate about supporting girls in sport and enjoys interacting with younger up-and-coming athletes too.
Cooking is also a real passion for the 28-year-old.
“I love cooking and baking, trying new recipes and getting new ingredients, and inspiration from the places we visit on the road. I love cooking curry and baking banana bread – that’s my favourite thing, and so good out on the bike. There’s a café that sells my banana bread, in Valkenberg. Fixed Gear Coffee, if anyone wants to buy it!”