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Direct report from Leigh
am Interview on Beijing smog
June 5 2008 Silver
medal at National Championships
Selected to Olympic road team
June 15 2008 Bronze medal Montreal World
No updates for some time, but lots of wins and placings since 2004
Ontario Provincial Road Championship
August 15 2004
Elliot Lake Ontario Cup: 2nd
July 26 - August 1 2004
International Stage Race
5 top ten finishes,
5th in the QOM competition,
12th GC overall
July 17 2004
Ottawa Grand Prix (Gatineau Park)
June 27 2004
National Championship Road Race,
May 1 2004
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts
May 2 2004
Cervelo website for details
August 10 2003 Bamberg, Ontario
Provincial Road Race Championship
August 3 2003
Leigh was 20th overall in the Tour
de Toona 7 day stage race.
July 20 2003
Festival de Velo Waterloo 2nd
July 13 2003
June 30 -- 16th place in the National
July 12 -- 2nd place in the 6th
Bicycle Club Grand Prix!
July 13 -- 5th BRO Capital City
June 22 2003
Leigh took third place in the
Classic with a strong finishing sprint. Hard training is paying off and
shows Leigh is clearly returning to form. She is now riding for the
formed Cervelo team along with Julia Farell, Nanci Dodman, and Claudine
June 16 2003
Leigh has returned to racing. She has
hard and competing in local races. She doesn't intend to take it up
time at this point.
January 15 2001
After five years on the road, Leigh
to take some time off and enjoy a well-deserved rest from the intensity
of the racing scene. She is currently teaching full-time with plans to
compete in more cyclo cross events next fall.
November 27 2000
To hell and Back (courtesy
Early on Sunday morning, in miserably
not too cold (5 degrees C) conditions, fifty one riders started the
annual edition of the "To Hell and Back". The event was started last
in response to the many requests for a fall edition of the long
"Paris-Roubaix Challenge". The P-R has been run for fifteen years over
the worst roads and tracks that we can find between Toronto Zoo and
on Lake Simcoe. The route has changed over the years as municipal
pave more roads but one feature remains, an abominable 10 km stretch of
old rail bed which has become known as our "Hell of the North". The
has attracted a wide variety of participants, from Canada's National
to many of Toronto's downtown couriers.
Leighann 19th in a time of 6
hours, 52 minutes
November 25 2000
I've been lax about updating this
page and should
report that after a very succesful season, ending with a win in the
Grand Prix in Philadelphia, Leigh has returned to teaching for the
She has been staying active and keeping in shape by competing in local
cyclo-cross and has won most of her races. By February she will be back
to serious training for the new season, but this year with a different
team as Schwab has unfortunately withdrawn from cycling sponsorship.
is currently negotiating with a couple of other prospective teams and
soon announce her plans for 2000.
Killington stage race
With a third place in the Rutland
a fourth in the Saab Road race, Leigh finished fifth overall
July 16 2000
Leigh takes the bronze medal in the
Championships. Sandy Espeseth was the winner followed by Melanie Nadeau
of Quebec. They were all part of an eight strong group that lead from
third stage at one point holding a four minute lead.
June 12 2000
After two World Cup races
Philadelphia) Leigh travelled to Idaho to compete in the Hewlett
Laser Jet Women's Challenge. In the first stage she had a minor spill
wet roads and had to fight to regain the peloton, but still finished
(tied for 11th on time). In stage three she finished 7th outsprinting
of the peleton in an uphill finish. Unfortunately, in stage four Leigh
was involved in a major crash. She wasn't hurt, but her bike suffered
she again had to chase hard to regain valuable time. But with two
of this 1000K there will be lots of opportunities to improve her
as she is only four minutes out of a top ten placing.
May 8 2000
Tour De L'aude
Direct race reports from Leigh
April 24 2000
Leigh picked up a second in the
race last week, and a first in the annual Good Friday race -- both in
She travels to France this week to compete in the Tour de L'Aude.
Leigh finishes third overall at
a seventh place finish in the final stage. A terrific start to the
March 11 2000
With a third place in the in the
Leigh has moved into fourth GC, but tied for third on time.
March 10 2000
Off to a good start with a fourth
in the second stage at Redlands (rainy and cold conditions).
January 21 2000
It is now confirmed that Leigh will
riding for the much enhanced Charles Schwab team in 2000.
See the press release.
December 1 1999
Leigh's collar bone has been
She has been riding for some time and will be travelling to a training
camp in New Mexico on February 14 2000.
October 14 1999
Thirty-seventh in The World's 6:47
Canadian and fifth North American finisher.
Leigh was in London, Ontario, today
to have her
collar bone fixed up. She originally broke it a couple of years back
it healed crooked. This made it susceptible to breaking easily, which
has since done hree times -- not badly -- just enough to put holes in
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October 1 1999
Leigh is in Italy this weekend
competing in two
day stage race. In the Swiss world cup last week she finished 34th at
down. In the tour of Switzerland she had a thirteenth place finish in
fourth stage -- GC not available. Next week is the world Championships,
after which Leigh will be returning home and is scheduled to have
her collar bone rebuilt.
September 7 1999
Leigh's form is obviously returning
with a fourth
place finish in the gruelling seventy-four mile first stage in
followed by a third place finish in the final stage. She finished fifth
GC. One year ago she won one stage, finished third overall, and managed
to break her collar bone.
August 29 1999
Except for a couple of short crits,
Leigh has been away from major races
but was back in the fray this weekend
in the GP Feminine du Quebec stage
August 7 1999
Rib is healing fast and Leigh expects
to be back
racing next week.
July 28 1999
Leigh started the Tour De Toona in
but unfortunately she crashed in the second stage and cracked a rib and
is out of the race.
July 13 1999
Leigh's last races were in Ottawa and
CHIN picnic where she picked up first place in both. She is currently
and will be racing again very soon.
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June 27 1999
Nationals in Sherbrooke Quebec
A fifth place finish for in a
All recorded same time.
June 20 1999
Women's LaserJet Challenge
The race, running from June 9 - 20
was a 13-stage,
event, covering 693 miles and 13,870
making it the longest race on
UCI North American schedule.
Leigh finished 27th 16 minutes down.
Full race coverage to be
NBC July 11th at 2pm EST.
June 5 1999
Leigh will be competing this Sunday
in Trenton New Jersey (World Cup),
Women's LaserJet Challenge
in southern Idaho, which runs June 9
. . . 13 stages over 12 days - 693
and 13,870 vertical feet of climbing!
Leigh has recently joined the
reports that she feels strong and
May 30 1999
Sixteenth spot in the Montreal
-- a tough race in thirty degree temperatures against the world's best.
May 18 1999
With a seventh place stage and an
place GC in Le Tour De L'Aude, Leigh is feeling very pleased with her
after having been limited by her injury this spring.
May 12 1999
A profile on leigh made the national
the Globe and Mail on May 12. A web version is available here.
April 14 1999
Leigh has recovered from her injury
be leaving for Spain to race in the Veulta di Majorca -- April 29th to
May 2nd, and then Le Tour de L'Aude -- May 6th to 16th.
She is now being coached by Eric Van
March 9 1999
Bad news/good news. After crossing
line in fourteenth position in the first stage of the Street Skills
in Tokoroa NZ, Leigh crashed and re-injured her collarbone. The good
is that the damage is not severe and is not expected to keep her out of
competition very long -- and fortunately this is very early season.
(rubber collar bones are on order).
March 4 1999
Eighth GC in her first race of the
five top ten stage finishes. Off to a great start.
February 28 1999
Leigh is in Australia now competing
in the Tour
February 12 1999
This winter Leigh has been training
out on the road, despite -20c temperatures. She is now at a
camp in New Mexico with the Canadian National Team, and will be headed
to Australia and New Zealand on February 24 for two World Cup events
October 17 1998
In her final race of the season,
38th in the world Championship -- only two minutes down on the
On the 15th of October, at a gala
received the Kitchener Waterloo Woman of the Year award (sport).
September 8 1998
Leigh is back on track with a third
Vermont five day stage race, and also picked up the
"Queen of the Mountains" category.
August 26 1998
This years "Tour Féminin" (Le
Boucle) was a tough race for Leighann as she was unable to prepare
owing to her shoulder injury. In spite of this she completed the 14
1392km race finishing in 68th position.
August 11 1998
After a month out of competition,
to racing in world Cup IV on August 9th with a 68th place, finishing in
the peleton. She starts the "Tour Féminin" tomorrow and should
her fitness level as the race progresses.
July 23 1998
Leigh's collar bone has been healing
she is riding again. She will be competing next in France in the
July 11 1998
Final result of Fitchburg
Longsjo Classic. Leigh 3rd GC after
stage, but unfortunately she crashed on the last stretch of the last
and broke her collar bone. She will be out of the nationals, but
to be racing again by August.
Born August 10 1970 in Kitchener,
Height 5' 5" Weight 120 lbs
Resides in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Home club: Waterloo Flying Dogs
Coach: Frank Fogolin
Employment: Currently teaching highschool at Galt
Collegiate Institute, Galt, Ontario
- 1997 OTC Faculty of Education,
University of Toronto
- 1995 BA. Honours Recreation,
- High school, Waterloo Collegiate
Bio | Results
- To represent Canada at International calibre races for the
culminating in the 2008 Olympics in Bejing
1999 (more to
1. Clara Hughes (Saturn) 3:13:29
2. Lynne Bessette (Saturn) at 10:42
3. Sandy Espeseth s.t.
4. Annie Gariepy (Elita) s.t.
5. Leigh Hobson s.t.
- Currently 29th in World Cup
- 2nd Canadian in World Cup
Classic, 3rd Stage winner
- 13th GC
- 5th GC
Redlands, California, USA
- 15th GC
- 8th GC Grand Prix Féminin
World Championships, Switzerland
- 7th GC
- 11th GC Tour du
National Criterium Championship, Quebec
National Individual Time Trial Championship 40km)
National Road Race Championship, Ontario
National Individual Time Trial Championship (40km)
Ontario Provncial Criterium Championship
Bio |Results| Schedule
Ontario Cup Series Overall
Provincial Road Race Champion
Provincial Hill Climb Champion
Ontario Summer Games Road Race
- February 28 - March 4,
- March 7, Canberra, Australia World
- March 9 -13, Tokoroa, New Zealand.
- March 14, Hamilton, New
- July 27 - August 1, Tour de Toona,
- August 7/8 Wendy's Class Crit, Ohio
- August 24 - 29 GP Feminine Quebec
- September 4 - 6 Killington, Vermont
- October 9 World Championships (team
- July 2 -
- July 15 - 19 National
World Cup # IV, France
- Aug 12 - 23 Tour De
- Netherlands World Cup
- Sept 15 - 20 Holland Ladies
- Sept 23-26 Tour
World Cup William Tell - Switzerland
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Championships - Netherlands