Leah Kirchmann: No place like home

For most riders in the pro peloton, the month of May offers a more relaxed time in the schedule compared to the hectic pace of most of the spring. For the North American riders in Europe, this time is usually an opportunity to go home for a visit! After four months away, Canada was calling my name. An added bonus was that I would be able to take part in a few larger profile events while on North American soil, those being the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women's Race empowered by Sram in California and the Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau in Canada. There is no denying the power of a home field advantage in competition, so I would say Coryn Rivera and I had a little extra motivation for these races.

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Growing up in Winnipeg, Canada it was always my dream to race in Europe. Two years ago, my dream came true. In this, and future posts, I will be giving you insight into my experiences racing in the European peloton with Team Sunweb.