Leah
Kirchmann

Residence
Sittard, the Netherlands
Age
28
Nickname
Kirch
Height
166cm
Twitter
@L_Kirch
Hobbies
Yoga, baking, cooking
Favourite food
Banana bread
Favourite TV show
Great British Bake Off
Favourite TV show
Banff, Canada/I'd love to go to NZ
Favourite race
Strade Bianche

 

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.

“I loved racing against the boys and beating them. I loved it right away. The coach at the time was always looking for more girls to join the sport and he recruited me to start road racing too. Before I knew it, I was racing all over the country. Since then I’ve been making steps – locally, nationally, internationally. I began racing on domestic American teams and eventually came to Europe.”

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.

“I feel super comfortable in Team Sunweb’s environment because it is so close to my personal philosophy. I am always looking for ways to improve and push myself. As a rider I feel I can have direct influence on helping the team, and myself. It’s a motivating environment to be part of. Having younger riders within the team is also motivating. I feel I am in a position to help them and use the lessons I have learned and to pass along that knowledge to them.”

 

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

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!”

Results

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 Amgen Tour of California Womens Race empowered with SRAM Stage 1
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
2017
1 Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau RR
1 World Championships WE TTT
2 National Championships Canada WE ITT
3 Crescent Vårgårda
3 OVO Energy Women's Tour Stage 4
4 White Spot / Delta Road Race
4 OVO Energy Women's Tour
4 Crescent Vårgårda TTT
9 Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta
9 Chrono de Gatineau ITT