Immediately following the podium ceremony, Leah Kirchmann (Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies), still filled with adrenaline, spoke with Canadian Cycling Magazine.
“It was such a cool experience, you know, the crowds are huge. They’re going wild. The cobbles are just as hard as they say they are,” Kirchmann said when asked about racing in Paris on the fabled cobblestone course that goes up and down the Champs Élysées. “La Course itself is a huge step for women’s cycling. It is giving us the visibility we need for the sport. Hoping it is sort of a stepping stone towards bigger events in the future,” she said. Jump to the video to hear more from Kirchmann about being a part this historical event in women’s cycling and her plans for the road and time trial events at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
If you haven’t already, read Keir Plaice’s great articles explaining the importance of this first edition of La Course by le Tour de France and his race day report.