Leah Kirchmann

Canadian Olympian I Professional Cyclist

This year we wore pink ribbons again at @thewomenstour to raise awareness for @breast_cancer_careπŸŽ€ I rode this week for Pauline & all cancer patients & survivors. Pauline's message on my ribbon: "I am a 60 year old breast cancer survivor who passionately believes in supporting everyone who has to face this diagnosis and ensuring no one stands alone. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to show solidarity to fellow breast cancer patients and many thanks to everyone on the Tour - Pauline"❀ #OVOWT πŸ“·@tornanti_cc

πŸ₯ˆ2nd on the stage & 6th in GC @thewomenstour 😁🚲, here is my last post for @soigneurs: . Stage 6 of the Women’s Tour was a fantastic day of racing from the team. Coryn Rivera was in a breakaway from the start and solidified her lead in the sprint competition. Canyon chased hard after the second QOM, as the bonus sprint was Kasia’s chance to overtake Lizzie on the GC. I went for this sprint and won it, since the top 10 in GC was still very close, and a few seconds could improve my standings. We continued to race aggressively into the final kilometres, and Liane was in a dangerous breakaway that was chased back in the end. Coming to the sprint, Susanne and Coryn put me into a perfect position in the final technical five kilometres, with Coryn also there to support me into the final 500 metres. The finish itself was very technical and fast, as we finished on a bike track at Pembrey Country Park. I was in a good position out of the last corner at 300 metres to go and just couldn’t quite come past Amy at the finish, finishing 2nd. It would have been nice to win a stage, but we really took the maximum out of this final day of racing and as a team we are happy with that. Lizzie held onto her lead in the overall standings, winning by 2 seconds, the smallest margin ever at the Women's Tour. I am already looking forward to returning to the UK in 2020, the race organization is phenomenal, and the race is so well supported by the British cycling fans. My favourite part of the race is the thousands of cheering school kids who line the courses every day. I hope that we are inspiring the next generation of cyclists by racing here and giving our maximum every day!πŸπŸ˜ŽπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ #OVOWT

Stage 5 summary @thewomenstour for @soigneurs 🚲 -> The race headed up to Wales today, and we were presented with what I think was the hardest ever stage of the Women's Tour! We were proud to have young @liane_lippert in the leader's jersey on the start line and did everything to support her. I tried for an early break with 10 riders, but Canyon was not happy with this situation and chased us back. A break of five went after the sprint point, and the team rode well to keep the gap in check before a very hard final 25 kilometres. Lizzie attacked over the QOM point, and the rest of us suffered behind. Liane and I fought to come back, but unfortunately only I made it in the chase group behind. I thought it was a joke when the road book mentioned to watch for sheep🐏 and horses🐎 at this point on the course, but they weren't kidding, as we almost ran into some on the descent! There were constant hard and exposed rollers before the final descent to the finish that had us all on the limit. The three ahead just held onto their lead, with Lizzie winning the stage and taking over the race lead by one second over Kasia. I won the sprint for 4th as we raced into the Royal Welsh showgrounds. Tomorrow should be quite the finale for the week, as only seconds separate the GC, and there are more climbs to tackle before a winner is crowned!πŸ‘‘ #OVOWT πŸ“· @tornanti_cc

I've been giving daily updates for @soigneurs this week from @thewomenstour! πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Stage 4 -> . Today was the longest day of the Women's Tour at 159 km with a 7 km neutral. A break of three riders was established after 40km. Women's cycling can be so unpredictable at times. We will spend three days fighting for every second and not allowing a single rider to go up the road, only to give a break 8 minutes the next day! Teams finally took up the chase, and the hard finish laps brought back these riders. Three times up a 1.2 km climb and a finish at the top made for an aggressive and tough final. A group of 25 of us came to the final ascent, and our young German Liane Lippert powered to a strong 2nd place, also taking over the race lead! We didn't know at first, so she also got to climb back up one more time for the podium presentation!πŸŽ‰ #OVOWT πŸ“· @jojoharperphoto

Stage 3 @thewomenstour, a race from Henley-on-Thames to Blenheim Palace. I believe this town is quite famous for rowing! Huge crowds were out to see us off and to cheer us on along the route. There was an unfortunate crash that took out too many riders. Four of us from the team hit the ground, but thankfully everyone is okay. Hoping all my competitors heal up fast. We are halfway done, now the climbs come! β›°πŸš² πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ #OVOWT

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The moment @juliasoek dropped my rain soaked gloves on the road πŸ˜‚, hope somebody finds a nice souvenir! . . Felt like I went swimming on stage 1 of @thewomenstour! πŸŒŠπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ We got to put our @craftsportswear rain gear to the test during the 157 km stage. @corynrivera leads the sprint competition heading into Stage 2. Looks like sunny skies for today as we go race on a bike park! πŸ“·@tornanti_cc #OVOWT

Suffering while summiting Mount Baldy! πŸ” It was three tough days of racing at @amgentocwomen this year. No podiums for the team, but getting closer with a 4th & 5th on two stages for me, and we finished with @juliettelabous as the best young rider! Thanks for all the support out there, I enjoyed being back racing on North American roads!!!β˜€οΈπŸ˜ŽπŸ„β€β™€οΈ . . . #MountBaldy #ATOC #ATOCWomen #California #creatingmemories #keepchallenging . πŸ“· @encinovelocyclingclub

California girls! β˜€οΈπŸŒŠ Finished 4th on stage 1 of Tour of California. Van der Breggan soloed to victory after attacking on the climb 5 km to go, then we had a sprint for the podium from a small group behind. Time to find my climbing legs as we summit Mt.Baldy tomorrow! πŸ” #ATOCwomen #ATOC #California #creatingmemories #keepchallenging

Had some fun jumping into the local Ontario race scene yesterday at the OPC criterium! Had to plan my sprint tactics carefully, as I knew @jamiebikies was racing with @cpendrel magical unicorn jersey powers πŸ˜‰πŸ¦„ Thanks @lcw_racing for the great event. It was also nice to meet lots of young up-and-coming local racers! 🍁 πŸ“·@canadiancyclist

Nice to end the spring season with @teamsunweb on the podium at #LiegeBastogneLiege! I was feeling chilly so went for a 40 km breakaway, but unfortunately a mechanical took me out of the front group after La Redoute. Luckily @floortjemackaij and @lucinda_brand played it smart in the final, finishing 2nd and 5th in the end after a strong day of teamwork!πŸ’₯πŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸŒ§πŸŒ§πŸŒ§ . . . #LBL #Canadianconditions #LBLwomen #creatingmemories #uciwwt #keepchallenging

Check out the link in my bio for my latest blog post for @voxwomencycling, all about about fuelling the fire for performance & my thoughts on the culture around food and nutrition in cycling! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯