Hi everyone! My name is Erica Leonard and I am extremely excited to be racing with the High Gate Cycling Team for the 2018 season! I have been a cyclist my whole life, mainly a mountain biker, but my love for the sport has made me expand my interests to road and Cyclocross! I’ve raced internationally as a mountain biker and a Cyclocross racer with the Canadian National Team and with Team Ontario at the National level for the past couple of years.
Currently I am studying kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario while training and preparing for the 2018 season! I love studying Kin as I find it’s fascinating and exciting, all the while relatable to my life as a cyclist.
I have been very interested in pursuing road cycling over the past couple of years because it gives cycling an element of teamwork that I don’t really get to experience in other disciplines. I think that the High Gate Women’s Team is especially a great opportunity to work with such inspiring women that will push me to be smarter and go harder in training and racing!
My goals for 2018 include managing my school work/training in a healthy, achievable, and realistic way; to gain experience and fitness racing with HighGate at the provincial and national level for road; and finally to qualify for the mountain bike World Championships in Switzerland as a 2nd year U23 racer.
Now just to make it all happen! Looking forward to a great season, watch out for me in our navy blue kit this year!