Originally a speed skater from West Allis, Wisconsin, Leigh Barczewski became a Junior National Champion in skating. He began bicycle racing when he was 14 years old and became a cycling track sprinter placing fourth at the 1973 World Junior Championships in the Match Sprint. He also finished fourth at the US Championships in 1974 and improved in 1976 to win the US Olympic Trials in Northbrook, Illinois. He later competed in the 1976 Montréal Olympic Games in the 1,000 meter Match Sprint.
Racing in the tandem sprints Leigh represented the US in 2 World Championships finishing 2nd in 1978 in Munich, Germany along with driver Jerry Ash. He won 4 consecutive National Championships on the track in the Match Sprints and was a fierce competitor in the Kilometer time trials.
In May 1980 Leigh and National Pursuit Champion Dave Gryllis pedaled an aerodynamic Vector tandem tricycle to a world record of 62.9 mph at the Ontario Speedway in California. When his training and competitive goals were impacted by the US boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics, Barczewski retired in 1980 at the age of 24.
Leigh Barczewski Career Highlights:
1976 US Olympic Team Member - Match Sprint
1979 Pan American Games - Match Sprint, 5th
1977 World Championships Track Team Member - Match Sprint
1978 & 1979 World Championships Track Team Member - Match Sprint, Tandem Sprint
1978 World Championships - Tandem Sprint, 2nd
1974 National Track Championships - Match Sprint, 4th
1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 National Track Championships - Match Sprint, 1st
1977 National Track Championships - Kilometer Time Trial, 4th
1978 National Track Championships - Kilometer Time Trial, 2nd
1979 National Track Championships- Kilometer Time Trial, 6th
1979 Caribbean Championships Team Member - Barbados, Trinidad
1977 & 1979 International Sprint Tournament, Trexlertown Velodrome, 2nd
1978 International Sprint Tournament, Trexlertown Velodrome, 1st