After 12 years as a professional cyclist, Leah Kirchmann will hang up her wheels at the end of 2022; with the Simac Ladies Tour her last planned race with Team DSM before she races the World Championships with Canada.
Spending time with Colavita Forno D’Asolo as her first team before four years honing her craft on the American racing scene with Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies; Kirchmann made the move across the pond fully to join the Team DSM structure in 2016, then known as Team Liv-Plantur.
Immediately finding her feet with the team, 2016 saw the punchy Kirchmann take the win at Drentse Acht van Westerveld before donning the famous Maglia Rosa after an exceptional prologue win at the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile. In the years since, Kirchmann has continued to take successes herself, winning a total of 12 races throughout her career, alongside being an invaluable team member, who was always willing to work for others: helping the team to 40 victories since 2016. As the seasons have progressed and Kirchmann has grown in experience, she’s also been an important role model for the younger riders within the team and is the ever-consummate professional.