Leah Kirchmann

Canadian Olympian I Professional Cyclist

When life gives you lemons, eat some chocolate! 😁🍫 Making the most of my early off season by taking time to explore new places. A trip to Aachen, a German city that was once the preferred residence of Charlemagne, included a necessary stop at the Lindt outlet after touring the historic cobbled streets πŸ•πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ #touristmode #chocolate #creatingmemories

Sad to report that my 2019 season is over after a hard crash in Stage 1 of the Boels Ladies Tour. I finished the stage, but felt afterwards that something wasn't quite right with my knee. A scan showed damage to my MCL that will require at least 6 weeks of recovery. I was feeling strong on the bike and looked forward to challenging myself in the final races of the season, especially at the upcoming World Championships in Yorkshire. My focus is now shifted to making a full recovery, and I will start looking ahead to goals a bit further in the future. I'm still grateful for all the good memories racing with @teamsunweb this season, and can't wait to get back on my bike! ❀ #injuryupdate

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The team time trial is one of the most beautiful disciplines in cycling, with the whole team celebrating a victory on the podium together! However, with changes to the World Championships, and only two events in 2019, are we at risk of losing this discipline from the calendar? Check out the link in my bio for my latest @voxwomencycling @gozwift blog - The Case of the Disappearing Discipline 🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲❀ . . . #TTT #blogpost #womenscycling #creatingmemories #keepchallenging πŸ“·Cor Vos

You've probably noticed that I'm always on the move, on and off the bike! Over the next few months, along with @therealmislawchuk and @katerinesavard, I'll be sharing a #TravelTuesday post with anecdotes and advice, because travelling the world is fun but you have got to do it right! My 3rd place podium finish at the Ladies Tour of Norway last weekend was 100% due to preparation. I came in feeling strong and healthy, and it made all the difference. It hasn’t always been that way - back in Qatar in 2016, I competed after being sick with food poisoning for a few days. Even though I recovered in time for competition, it wasn’t the experience that I wanted to have. It took a mental and physical toll that could have been prevented. My lesson: when you travel, remember to pay extra attention to what you eat and drink, and take all the precautions recommended for your destination. Stay healthy and have fun! #DestinationJapan #IxiaroCanada #partner

Stage 3 @ladies_tour_of_norway πŸ‡§πŸ‡» Total all in, non-stop racing from the team in the final of Stage 3 which finished on top of the Fredriksten fortress, a tough 1.5 km climb. A perfect set up from @franzi_kc, @juliettelabous & @susanneandersen allowed us to attack the circuit climb and force a selection here. @corynrivera was super strong to follow Vos' attack over the top, with @floortjemackaij & I in a small group behind. Coryn held on for a solid 2nd place, while I found my climbing legs to finish 4th. The final stage tomorrow should be a fun one as we race on gravel and across borders! πŸ‡§πŸ‡»πŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺ . . . #lton19 #norway #happinesswatts #creatingmemories #poweredbysalmon #keepchallenging πŸ“·@velofocus

Loved racing on the gravel in Sweden! 145 km, 8 sections of gravel, & a technical course made for an action packed race from start to finish. We attacked all day and looked to create opportunities. A 10th place in the sprint for me doesn't reflect the effort the team put into the race, but we will the experience as motivation looking ahead to this week in Norway! πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺ🚲 . . . #gravel #VargardaWWT #adventureriding #Sweden #UCIWWT #creatingmemories #keepchallenging πŸ“·@velofocus

@teamsunweb was on fire racing through the streets of London last night! πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ A strong leadout put @susanneandersen at the top of the sprint classification, and @corynrivera sprinted onto the final podium in 3rd!πŸ₯‰ Unfortunately I lost a bit of skin in front of Buckingham Palace πŸ‘‘ and couldn't be there for the final, but thankfully have no major injuries after hitting the ground. I hope all those involved in the final crash also heal up quickly πŸ“· @velofocus . . . #getrichordietrying #ridelondon #london #creatingmemories #keepchallenging

Jumped into some fast and furious Dutch crit racing this week as preparation for @ridelondon! #AchtvanChaam was especially hard, as I was in a breakaway with these hitters, where we averaged 43 km/hr for 60 km, then attacked eachother to the line πŸ˜… I learned that Dutch crit racing is not the same as the North American scene. There are 3 lap points races, 8 place primes & leader competitions. The courses vary in length, and crosswinds might even be a factor. These races are steeped in history as big crowds gather to drink & cheer, and look to spot their cycling heros πŸš΄β€β™€οΈ . . . #critracing #posttourcrits #holland #bikeracing #creatingmemories #keepchallenging πŸ“·@daanvanoverveld1

Check out my latest @gozwift blog for @voxwomencycling -> "Top tips and travel essentials for surviving life on the road" (link in bio). Share your travel tips in a comment below if you have any to add! πŸŒπŸ›©

On this special day, I am taking a moment to look to the past, but also one year into the future. Depending on final team selections, it could be my first time competing in Japan at the #Tokyo2020 Olympics. But as much as I am excited, I also know from past experience that every time you travel to a new region, you have to prepare for specific risks. When I was in New Delhi competing at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, air quality at the venue posed a challenge to health and performance. My advice: know the risks and always plan ahead to protect your health in every way possible. #DestinationJapan #partner