Hobson will exit after the ‘race of her life’ in Beijing

The 2008 Summer Olympics are set to begin in Beijing and a number of athletes representing Canada have roots in the Hamilton area.

Leigh Hobson
Event: Road Race
Birthdate: Aug. 10, 1970
Hometown: Cambridge
Team: Cheerwine
Member of National Team Since: 2006

One of an athletes toughest decisions to make is when to retire from the sport they love. History is littered with athletes who hung on too long, driven by their competitive nature to keep going, well after the peak of their careers. Cyclist Leigh Hobson has a plan to make sure that doesn’t happen to her. She is going out in style, on the biggest stage in the world of sports: the Olympic Games.

There’s no doubt that the Cambridge native can still compete at the highest level. She recorded the Canadian cycling team’s best World Cup result this season, a bronze medal at the race in Montreal. That was an important race, one she describes on her blog as the best race of her life. She also nailed down her spot on Team Canada’s Road Race team with that result, as the race was only days before the team was selected.

The women’s Olympic road race is slated for Aug 10 at the Urban Cycling Road Course in Beijing. That day will, of course, be significant to Hobson because it will be her last race. But it will also be significant because it is her 38th birthday. What better place to celebrate your birthday than at the premier sporting event in the world, in one of the world’s most fascinating, historic and beautiful cities? What better way to cap off a career than the race of your life at the Olympic Games?