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  • Leigh Hobson is on the cycling team for Canada (also known as CAN) Flag of Canada in 2008

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

There’s no doubt that the Cambridge, Ontario 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 August 10th at the Urban Cycling Road Course in Beijing. That day will, of course, be significant to Leigh 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?

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