BA English Literature & History
Msc Strategic Procurement Management
Breakaways and Long Efforts
2nd Overall 2019 UK National Series
1st on overall GC and Stage 2 at UK National Series Tour of the Reservoir
3rd at Klondike GP UK National Series
3rd at South Coast Classic UK National Series
Most Combative rider and 7th in Mountains Competition at 2019 Tour De Yorkshire
Leah was a competitive runner as a junior and had some success on a national level. When transitioning to senior level, Leah found that she was in a continuous cycle of injured/unfit and subsequently lost the love for running. After concentrating on her studies and career for a few years, she decided to enter a marathon in 2017. After a few weeks of training, she got injured again! So her father suggested she buy a bike to do some cross training.
Leah noticed a womens only session at Aldersely Velodrome with Wolverhampton Wheelers, went along and hasn't looked back since (or run a marathon!).
Leah currently has a full time job as a procurement category manager for Walgreens Boots Alliance, and 2020 will be her first full season as a professional cyclist. "I am super excited to be part of Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank!" Leah added.
// Q&A with Leah
It's fast and tactical but also has a great social scene. It's cool that often the smartest person wins the race rather than the strongest. I love riding fast and treading that line between being on the limit and blowing up.
What's your motivation to train on those extra tough, cold-weather days?
To be the best I can be. Ever since I was a child, I dreamed of being a professional athlete. You won’t get smiles in the summer if you don’t get out and do the winter miles!
Saturday Pattingham Bash...if there’s ever a ride to test my fitness, this is it!
Turning professional. :)
UCI and National Podium. To be a good team mate and help the team have a great season!
When not riding, I like to...:
I have a full time job (not sure if this is something I like to do). Spend time with my boyfriend, Jacob, go back to Wales to visit family and friends, reading and going for tea!
Favorite warmup song:
Lady Gaga; Edge of Glory
Favorite post-ride food:
Bagel with Banana and Honey
Any advice to future // aspiring cyclists?
Just get out on your bike with your mates and have fun!
I have a black belt in Karate.