Leah Kirchmann is Canadian time trial champion
Leah Kirchmann (Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies) took her first Canadian time trial title by rolling Thursday’s 28.8 km chrono route in Lac-Megantic, QC in 43:28. Second place in the recent Chrono Gatineau, Kirchmann nipped second-fastest rider Jasmin Glaesser (Team Tibco) by 2.56 seconds, but Glaesser is the under-23 champion.
Last year’s race against the clock runner-up Anika Todd (Team Tibco) was perched on the hot seat with the best time of 44:29, but once Kirchmann posted the best split time of 21:37, Todd’s seating was tenuous. Todd stayed on the podium, edging out Gillian Carleton of Vanderkitten by 6 seconds.
Alizée Brien of Tibco was runner-up in the U23 women with a time of 44:48 and Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin of St-Hilaire Villefrance rounded out the U23 podium with a time of 46:00.
Close one in the TT yesterday, just 2.5sec off the mark! Been 4, 3, 2 now in that order, liking the math for next year! 🙂 #GRCanRoadChamps
— Jasmin Glaesser (@JasminGlaesser) June 27, 2014
Global Relay Canadian Road Cycling Championships, U23/Elite Women’s Time Trial, 28.8 km
* designates U23 athletes
1) Leah Kirchmann (QC/Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 43:28.39
2) Jasmin Glaesser * (BC,TIBCO-To the Top) 43:30.95
3) Anika Todd (BC/TIBCO-To the Top) 44:29.16
4) Gillian Carleton (BC?Vanderkitten) 44:35.18
5) Alizée Brien * (QC?TIBCO-To the Top) 44:48.37
6) Annie Foreman-Mackey (ON/Stevens-The Cyclery) 44:59.20
7) Ellen Watters (QC/Stevens-The Cyclery) 45:45.24
8) Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin * (QC/Equipe du Québec) 46:00.56
9) Kinley Gibson * (BC/Trek Red Truck Racing) 46:02.57
10) Annie Ewart * (BC/Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 46:05.95