A Quick Catch Up With Miranda Miller - Crankworx Whistler 2016

Aug 18, 2016
by Rachelle Frazer Boobar  



Miranda Miller has quickly been making her presence felt on the race circuit in 2016. Although the Squamish local has been racing and riding bikes for a long time now, she had a streak of successive injuries over the last few years that put her racing career in a holding pattern. That's all been set aside now, though, and with a clean bill of health Miller has been stamping her presence both out on the World Cup and Enduro World Series with a string of podiums and top ten finishes. This week at Crankworx she's already bagged 4th in the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro, and 1st place in the Garbo DH. We had a chance to have a quick catch up with Miranda during Crankworx to find out how she's been enjoying her success, and what it's taken to get back into the medal pool.


Miranda won the Garbanzo way back in 2009 and has finished 2nd or third on multiple occasions since but today she finally put i all together to climbs to that top step once again.
  Dropping into first place during the Garbo DH.

You’ve been through successive injuries the last few years. What’s your journey been like to get back on the bike and up to speed?

Maybe I’m used to it? I had two broken wrists, and before that I had a broken arm that I had a few surgeries on. I don’t know, you keep working. I feel like I don’t have any pressure to do anything now. I’m not committed to the downhill circuit and I’m not committed to the enduro circuit. I just ride my bike. It’s what I want to be doing and I like racing, so... A 'no pressure' situation has helped me ease back in. Last year at the end of Andorra I made it down and was like whooo I just made a whole season!


Miranda Miller put the smackdown on the Vallnord steeps to claim 8th and keep the top results flowing.
  Finishing off the season injury free in Andorra 2015.


What is your program this year, and this week for Crankworx?

I'll be at the next World Cup in Andorra and Champs. Crankworx will be busy! I've raced the EWS, the Garbanzo DH, the Air DH and next the Canadian Open. It will be a full on week, but that's the way it should be.


A 3rd place finish in Leogang really seemed to set the tone for your year – how was that?

I went in thinking that with a top ten I’d be stoked. I like that course, I was riding it well, but there’s one section I couldn’t get all weekend. I was pretty stressed and surprised when I qualified fourth, but it changed my whole goal to a top five finish and I was pretty stoked. It was interesting because I was in the start gate and I was feeling like I had a really good practice run so I thought I would just try and do that again and I had a good run and it worked. A lot of the time in my race run there is something I am still trying to figure out, but I think I just had a better game plan and it worked.


We s love to see Miranda Miller race more World Cups. Her 3rd place today should hopefully be enough motivation to hit up a few more rounds this year.


After Leogang you went and snagged a 5th at the La Thuille EWS, the Canadian National Champ title, and a 5th place at MSA. How have you been enjoying the switch between the two? Can we expect to see a similar mix of events on your schedule for next year or are you going to focus your efforts more?

I've really been enjoying doing both, although I usually struggle a bit getting back on the small bike. Downhill is still my passion and I feel that there are things I'd still like to accomplish. Enduro is rad because you ride your bike way more over the weekend, but you don't get to go as fast. Physically, I feel they're both challenging but in different ways. At the end of a downhill weekend you usually feel like you've been run over by a truck. Perfect world, I'd race downhill with some select EWS rounds on the side.


You mentioned there’s no pressure now, how does that change your mindset?

I’m 26 now, I’m over the hill ha ha. I’m still on my own program, I choose my own races so you know it just works for me.


It s great to see Miranda Miller healthy and mixing it up at the top again. with a 4th here and a 3rd last week in Leogang she leaves Europe on a high note.


When you are at home what are you riding mostly? Trail or DH?

Pretty much trail bike all the way up until the bike park opens and then all I want to do is ride bike park. We did an enduro in Whistler before heading to Europe for Crankworx Les Gets and La Thuile and I was so sketchy on it. I felt like I couldn’t ride it anymore, but after a day you kind of get used to it so. But bike park on my DH bike, it’s still the best. I like to road ride a lot too which I think kinda complements downhill.


Favorite riding buddy?

That’s hard there’s a pretty good crew in Whistler - probably Remy Gauvin and Adam Mantle.


Are you still working as well as riding?

Yep, I work full time at Corsa Cycles, usually from October right until the bike park opens in May and then I just float all summer then go back usually after the last race in September.


How did you get your start riding bikes and how are you so good?

Someone actually asked me that the other night, and they asked about being a female cyclist; that’s something I’ve never identified with because I just grew up doing it. I grew up in Pemberton and in the summer we’d go to the bike park and in the winter we would go ski. Most of my friends were boys or whatever, but it was never like 'Oh look, that’s a girl who is mountain biking'. It’s just what everyone did.


Do you think that will change as we keep growing the sport? That girls on bikes won’t be such a unique thing to so many people?

I personally already think that it is like that. I mean, just working in the bike shop like you see so many rippers. It was interesting last year we had the burliest trail bike in this one brand and we just sold it to women. Only women. Tons of chicks are trail riding and they want good bikes. In the Sea to Sky you get used to it. It’s normal, in some places they see your pony tail and they get hyped.


Fully recovered from two broken arms a year ago Miranda Miller has consistently worked her way up to being a consistent podium threat. That confidence carried Miller through today for the win in the Garbo DH.


Good luck for the rest of the year!



MENTIONS: @SramMedia / @Specialized / @officialcrankworx




26 Comments

  • + 33
 corporate canada sponsor this woman now.
  • + 32
 I really don't understand why Specialized doesn't give her more hype.
  • + 7
 @alishab6: its just not the bike industry that needs to step up.

corporate canada has some responsibility too.

wb could easily finance the rest of her season.

tourism whistler? tourism squamish?

jim pattison group? sunrype juice? the list of people/corporations who make money off of cycling and do not sponsor cyclists goes on and on...............
  • + 10
 It really is embarrassing how little support there is to help put Canadians on the top shelves. The talent pool here is huge...and waisted
  • + 4
 @loopie: its a bit of a 'canadian curse' that alot of our most talented athletes are on the sidelines.

not just a problem in cycling, its across the board.
  • - 1
 @loopie: Gotta get a return on investment in greedy Canada.
  • + 5
 The purpose of any business sponsoring any rider or event is that they see a benefit to themselves though. It's up to the rider to be able to convince prospective sponsors that they are actually worth the investment in some way, because otherwise it's really just charity, and personally if I was just going to make a charitable donation I'd give it to someone who is undergoing serious life hardship rather than someone who wants to be able to ride their bike more. WB, for example, donate about $300k worth of Founders' Passes to the Whistler Blackcomb foundation, which funds a whole bunch of charitable and nonprofit organisations in the area.
  • + 3
 @Socket: i'd support an athlete anyday over 'charities' who executives and board members take a LARGE chunk of the cash.

give it georgia astle or miranda miller and you know EXACTLY where your money is being spent.

too many 'charities' are just a corporate scam.
  • + 11
 @stacykohut: While I'm sure there's no shortage of inefficiency and corruption in various charities, many of the ones WB support don't have executives or board members, they're run by volunteers. Given the choice between donating money to someone so they can ride bikes more, or donating money to an organisation who provide mental health services to small communities just down the road where drug abuse, domestic abuse and PTSD are rife, I know which one I'd choose. One is donating to someone's very much first world lifestyle, one is helping other people out of seriously shit situations. I have plenty of criticisms of WB to offer up, but I think they do have their priorities straight there - racing bikes isn't more important than people's health.

Regardless, it'd be cool to see those girls getting more support, but like I said, it comes down to how well they can sell themselves and their image to prospective sponsors. If they can do that, awesome, I'd be stoked to see them out at more WCs.
  • + 4
 @Socket: very well put. Rep given.
  • - 2
 @Socket: whats with the obsession of defending wb? i only mentioned them slightly once............did i strike a nerve sweetheart?

let me guess.........you work for The Borg.

whatever holmes..............you don't get IT and you never will.
  • + 1
 @stacykohut: I just find it interesting how much Trek is putting into their women's programs and riders, whereas what is Specialized doing? Specialized is all over Curtis Keen and Graves with enduro and for Loic, Bronsnan in the downhill while Trek is making a huge deal out of Rachel, Casey, Batty. Specialized isn't doing anything in comparison with their lady riders.
  • + 2
 @stacykohut: I don't work for WB - I don't even like them as a company. I'm also one of the people who's actively supported Miranda's racing efforts. I'm just pointing out that sponsorship shouldn't be charity.
  • + 24
 I would like to see her riding with the Syndicate- They need a female athlete to carry on as #1 team!!

Seriously, though. Rachel needs some competition and here is someone that is throwing down on the podium and not getting the attention. Sponsoring female athletes and making the womens field more entertaining to watch will bring more girls into the sport! I am always happy to see more females on the trails!
  • + 5
 I agree. Syndicate would be a good fit.
  • + 0
 DGR with the Canadian squad! Sign Finn too!
  • + 15
 Miranda is cool. Sort it out Specialized, she shouldn't have to hold down a day job
  • + 13
 Rad woman! She needs a full hook up!
  • + 6
 Miranda is awesome. It's great to see her and other women setting the pace for all the young girls to follow. The sport has changed tremendously over the past three decades, and this is one of the best parts of it.

Also, it's Corsa, not "Corsair". Great shop, fantastic people, and good shop dog Smile
  • + 4
 Damn, I came in here all ready with "FULL RIDE", "Sponsors step up!" and such, but... everybody beat me to it. Salute
  • + 3
 respect for sticking with the sport through thick and thin. what ever happened to Lauren Rosser and Holly Feniak?
  • + 2
 Give Mirranda the same budget/training program as Rachel and you won't see her on top podium for a while...
  • + 1
 I'm stoked Miranda has been doing so well after some seasons with injury. She's got character and is a good representative of us sea-to-sky folks. Keep on having fun Miranda!
  • + 3
 Awesomesauce
  • + 1
 Respect for this awesome individual, hardworking!
  • + 1
 Great racer - love to watch her ride

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