2020 Inductee: Off-Road Category
Donovan was a champion BMX and mountain bike racer, competing from 1992 to 2001. When she retired from racing in 2001, Donovan was the most decorated U.S. cycling downhill and slalom rider after winning 9 National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA) championships and a UCI world title. Leigh was elected to the BMX Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2014. She is the only woman to be elected to both.
In 1995 Leigh won a unique cycling triple crown by winning the U.S. national slalom championship, the national downhill championship and the UCI Mountain Bike World Championship in downhill – an accomplishment that has never been repeated. Leigh also became one of three American women to ever win the UCI Downhill World Championship. She was a 3-time UCI World Championship medalist
Donovan won the 2001 World Cup Dual slalom championship in Vail, CO. In UCI World Cup competition, she earned 5 overall wins and finished on the top 3 podium in 39 races.