Leah
Kirchmann

Residence
Sittard, Netherlands
Age
29
Twitter
@L_Kirch
Hobbies
Yoga, baking, cooking, mountain biking, hiking, photography
Favourite food
Banana bread
Favourite TV show
Great British Bake Off
Favourite race
Strade Bianche
Favourite holiday destination
Banff, Canada/I'd love to go to NZ

One of the more experienced riders on the team, Leah is in her fifth year in the professional European peloton with Team Sunweb.

“We have a really young team and some new riders coming up and I do like taking on that mentorship role. I think it is really satisfying to be part of their success. We’ve had riders who have stayed on the team for quite a few years and it is nice to see them grow and feel a part of that.”

After winning the Canadian time trial championships, Leah’s 2019 season was unfortunately cut short after suffering an injury at the Boels Ladies Tour. However, that only increased Leah’s desire to return to racing.

“I tried to see the injury as an opportunity. I had a good break and rebuilt with a strong foundation for this season, using it as motivation to get back on the bike and compete again.”

Leah Kirchmann | Team Sunweb
Leah Kirchmann | Team Sunweb
Leah Kirchmann | Team Sunweb

Someone that takes the team’s mentality of Keep Challenging to heart, Leah is always looking for ways to improve as a rider.

“The team’s philosophy of Keep Challenging really fits in with my own approach of always trying to be better and developing. I think intrinsically I’m always trying to improve and be the best that I can be, and both the sport and the team provide the environment in which I can do that.”

Off the bike you will often find Leah in the kitchen, experimenting with various recipes and perfecting her banana bread that she sells at a local café. When back in Canada, she likes to spend as much time as possible outside with friends; whether that be hiking or on the bike, or even taking part in her old sport out on the skis.

Results

2020
1 Santos Women's Tour Down Under Points Classification
6 Santos Women's Tour Down Under
6 Santos Women's Tour Down Under Stage 1
12 Santos Women's Tour Down Under Stage 3
15 Santos Women's Tour Down Under Stage 2
19 Santos Women's Tour Down Under Stage 4
2019
1 Grande Prix Cycliste de Gatineau
1 National Championships Canada WE ITT
2 National Championships Canada WE Road Race
2 La Course by Le Tour de France
2 Chrono de Gatineau
2 OVO Energy Women's Tour Stage 6
3 Ladies Tour of Norway
3 Spar - Omloop van het Hageland Tielt-Winge
3 Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda WestSweden TTT
4 Ladies Tour of Norway Stage 3
2018
1 National Championships Canada WE ITT
1 Ladies Tour of Norway TTT
1 Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta Team Time Trial
1 Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile Team Time Trial
2 Brabantse Pijl
2 Crescent Vårgårda TTT
3 World Championships WE TTT
4 Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile Stage 3
4 Boels Ladies Tour Prologue
4 Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta