Leah Kirchmann

Canadian Olympian I Professional Cyclist

Red River ice flow ❄ What season is it again Winnipeg?πŸ€”

Today's #TravelTuesday has me reporting live from the exotic locale of Dundas, Ontario. Because when you travel the world, there is no place like home! Seeing my friends and family, and eating my favourite foods. When preparing to travel for training and competitions, I never leave home without preparing a variety of healthy snacks and meals to ensure I have the best fuel possible. This way I can avoid expensive and unhealthy choices in transit, arrive at my destination feeling well-nourished and ready to perform at my best, and avoid unwelcome surprises related to food hygiene. It’s a travel health measure that everyone can learn. #DestinationJapan #IxiaroCanada #partner

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I've been trying on some different shoes the last few weeks πŸ˜‰ Strange to miss the first worlds in 9 years, but enjoyed cheering on my CanadianπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ teammates today in what looked like an absolutely brutal race in Yorkshire! Congrats to @annemiekvanvleuten on the unbelievable 100 km solo ride to victory & to all the other women who lit it up & fought to the very end. It was very entertaining to watch, but I'm sure quite painful to ride! Looking forward to being part of the action again in 2020 πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ #yorkshire2019 #womenscyclingiswhereitsat

Nature is a powerful force β˜€οΈπŸŒŠ . Feeling inspired by images of climate protestors in Canada & across the world asking for action on climate change. . I also worry for the future of our planet, and try to to make conscious decisions to help minimize my own impact, knowing that it is always possible to do more. . I hope this movement continues to grow as more people contribute their voices and encourage neighbours & leaders to be better & to take real action. I'm curious, what actions do you take to minimize your impact on the environment? 🌍❀ #Fridaysforfuture #climatestrike

#TravelTuesday Crashing is one of the risks of my sport, and accessing medical care while abroad is not always simple. Fortunately, I was prepared for this risk and this allowed me to quickly access the necessary medical treatment after my knee injury at the start of the month. My travel plans for racing changed completely in these circumstances, as the UK, Italy and China were on the calendar, but this did open up an opportunity to instead explore some of my surroundings in the Netherlands while working on recovery. My tip is to always be prepared and ready to adjust your plans while travelling! #DestinationJapan #IxiaroCanada #partner

SidiπŸ•: " Hey stop taking photos, I want to go play on the beach!" . Pretty impressive to learn about the engineering over the years that has gone into protecting the Dutch coastline from flooding. The Hondsbossche Dunes were recently upgraded with 35 million cubic meters of sand, protecting 10 million people in North Holland from the threats posed by climate change and rising sea levels. Since it is the Netherlands, there is also a perfect cycling path running along the whole length, offering views of the North Sea πŸš²πŸ‡³πŸ‡± #Netherlands #dunes #beachday #creatingmemories πŸ“·@rozanneslik

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

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