Video: Miranda Miller vs. Claire Buchar - Pinkbike Hot Lap

Nov 18, 2018
by Pinkbike Originals  

The Pinkbike Hot Lap is our own fun leaderboard of pros and bike industry friends. Riders put their best foot forward down a trail local to Pinkbike HQ and their time is recorded with a Freelap timing system.

Current World Cup racer vs ex World Cup racer. Who would come out on top? You probably already know by now from watching Claire Buchar's Hot Lap, but let's see where mistakes were made and where gains were had.

The Track

The trail used is called Credit Line. This was chosen as we consider it to be a pretty complete mountain bike trail that tests various riders' skills.

The Results

Did you miss previous episodes of Pinkbike Hot Laps?

Miranda Miller

Claire Buchar

Remi Gauvin

Sam Hill

Yoann Barelli

Who would you like to see take part? Leave a comment and let us know!

MENTIONS: @pinkbikeoriginals


  • 96 2
 I think it would be fun to see Pinkbike's reviewers (or at least the local ones) take a lap. I've read tens of thousands of words on their thoughts on bikes, it would be fun to see them ride and say "Ha ha! You aren't as fast as Sam Hill!"
  • 65 1
 Jolanda Neff please.
  • 6 1
  • 2 0
 Good call !
  • 1 13
flag viatch (Nov 18, 2018 at 16:37) (Below Threshold)
 i highly doubt she will even be close to their times
  • 8 0
 @viatch: Just give her a couple weeks to get used to a bigger bike. Same goes for EWS races. Shes so genetically strong, where these guys are making mistakes becausethey're in oxygen debt, she'll be cruising.
  • 8 0
 @jclnv: according to her Instagram, she’s been riding a Slash.
  • 6 3
 I think she’d have a chance on these two. However of Ceciclle R or Rachel A would come, it would be a controlled demolition... with all the respect and sympathy
  • 5 4
 @WAKIdesigns: Yes, totally different discipline.
Just like Sam lacked fitness, she will lack bike control.
  • 13 1
 @IntoTheEverflow: Sam Hill lacks fitness? Dude, are you ok?
  • 6 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Did you hear that wooooosh?
Must have been Sam on his way to EWS victory.
  • 2 0
 How about Sagan?
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades: yeah he would totally win with Nino if the track was physical enough! Negprop me all you want!
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades: Would be worth watching just to listen to him goofing around ^^
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Just like he did in the Rio Olympics!
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 @jclnv: hey, some lunatics gave me sht for not believing in Nino against Sam Hill on Enduro stage and you’ll mock me for Sagan vs Nino? Where is coherence?
  • 2 1
Jolanda Jeff will most definitely NOT suffer from a lack of bike control.
  • 1 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Nino is THE man. Ask Van Der Poel.
  • 1 0
 @Dropthedebt: Indeed. Corners harder than 95% of EWS women on a XC race bike. By far the most talented female cyclist alive. Atherton included.
  • 1 2
 @jclnv: I really couldn’t give a less crap what mr Van Der Poel thinks... he is not my childrens teacher, he can believe in Nino, Rowan Atkinson, flat Earth, Mars landing, have a collage of John Tomac and Missy Giove holding hands, both with torn out eyeballs.

According to moat PB XC experts Jolanda is not dominating because the weight of her dropper post holds her back. XCers don’t need one. They say.
  • 1 0
 @Dropthedebt: I think in general the top level XC riders probably have as good of bike handing skills if not better than other mountain bike disciplines.
  • 1 0
 @clink83: they are very good and there can't be a tiniest doubt about it but they won't be competitive at highest level. While Jolanda could possibly qualify to a DH World Cup from a get go, Nino quite possibly wouldn't. If he spent a year training and practicing for DH he may probably have a chance but he wouldn't get into top 20 for sure. I don't give him much chances at podium on EWS either. If there was a discipline for descending a Dh track on a XC bike with raised saddle, then Nino would possibly be a top step contender but... there is no such discipline. It's all a half arsed speculation.

Also just because Nino, Jolanda, Emily Batty, Maja are exemplary bike handlers it doesn't mean that rest of the field follows. It's like calling road racers good bike handlers in general based on unique examples of Nibali, Contador or Sagan. Half of them can't nail a brake spot, line through a corner and their body position is all fkd up.

There was a pic of contador on BMX for some event for kids, that you can see on various cycling sites lately and comment boards were booming with lunatics who thought that he would kill it on the track that has no gaps cuz he is so strong. Heh, no...

If top athletes could adapt so well between disciplines without dramatically changing their training regime it would mean those disciplines are worth sht. The reason I said Jolanda would have a chance against those two girls is that I don't think they are the best "the sport" has to offer while Jolanda is in top 3 in hers and possibly best descender there. We can be quite sure that Rachel, Tahnee or Cecile R would easily chop 15secs of these girls runs.
  • 1 0
 Love to watch Gunn-Rita Dahle or Missy Giove too. Maybe Shaun Palmer and Chris Kovarik.
  • 1 0
Word salad 0, real world riding +1.
  • 1 0
 @clink83: and what does that prove. i’ve seen that video. Did I ever say anywhere that Nino can’t ride? Do you have a tiniest clue how fast are top downhillers and Enduro guys? What is the difference between a sick edit with Brendog vs race speed of Brendog? And then Brendog to Gwin/ Hill?
  • 23 3
 Can we do a leader board with the Pro's all riding the same reasonably priced bike?
  • 13 1
 Great idea, just like top gear before the BBC screwed it up.
  • 5 0
 For sponsors sake, it'd have to be a no name brand or like a Walmart bike. Or a seriously old bike.
  • 3 0
 @Clarkeh: that'd be way more interesting anyway
  • 10 5
 You mean like... Ellsworth?
  • 4 0
 Full Rigid, maybe even single speed.
  • 3 0
 They could ride the same Whistler rental bike.
  • 2 0
 @Kickmehard: fixed gear pls
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: that's cruel and unusual.

And perfect.
  • 5 1
 @ReformedRoadie: or a Canyon with Öhlins fork and Level brakes, aka total recall
  • 21 1
 ALN please! Although she already laid down a burner it would be nice to have her on video.
  • 13 0
 Coming soon!
  • 13 0
 I'm impressed by how close Claire is to a current world cup athlete's level.
  • 9 1
 I'm not... she's been an underrated shredder for a long time.
  • 1 4
 Yeah, I can honestly say I don't even compete anymore, because you just get butt hurt. Competition is the path to butt hurt.
  • 15 1
 Semenuk vs n1no
  • 12 1
 I would like to see some laps from pinkbike staff.... @brianpark make it happen
  • 5 0
 How about Rude vs. Levy?
  • 2 0
 @ReformedRoadie: or Mike vs Mike. Levy with a downcountry bike.
  • 10 2
 I'd like to see some technical climbing instead. Chris Akrigg, Fabio Wibmer, Rick Koekoek, Danny Macaskill... Not the typical "I need a 80deg seattube angle because my climbs are tech, bro" but actual proper technical climbing. Now that would be fun.
  • 1 0
 Yes! And timed!
  • 7 0
 I really enjoy videos like this. Thanks PB. Both girls are pinned and would take out most blokes on here. Smile
Interesting watch, neck and neck at 36s for example baring the slight power off the line, then at 44s there is a 2s gap. One right hander and a little mistake from Claire can make such a big difference.
People wonder with racing how time is made and lost on a track, this is such a good example of how it can be made an lost.
I would bet that on 98% of the track Claire was the same speed, but that 2% makes for a 6 seconds on the clock when you include lost exit speed through the whole next section.
  • 9 0
 Get some XC racers on track, would love to see how racers from the different disciplines do compared to each other.
  • 1 0
  • 7 0
 credit where credit is due, Miranda slayed that, but it's not unexpected, she has been racing way more and a much higher level recently.
  • 37 0
 She’s also ridden the trail 9267 times, and knows every line that Sam Hill took.
  • 8 0
 Get Casey Brown on that list.
  • 5 1
 Need a local non-pro rider in there.. Strava suggests there's a couple of quick Squamish residents! Youth sports phenom Kasper Wooley and Swiss import Joel Ducrot for a start!
  • 5 0
 I'd volunteer but there isn't much daylight at the moment.....
  • 4 10
flag WAKIdesigns (Nov 18, 2018 at 14:12) (Below Threshold)
 I am going to do it, just have to get there... just wonder how many more Strava lines will appear until then... some people deserve front brake failure
  • 2 0
 @scruff0372: I'm tempted to do it on my cruiser for a laugh Smile
  • 1 0
 Also conditions of the trail and recent maintenance play a huge part in the speed you can hit some of those corners! The strava crew can post the top times in mint conditions with some GPS glitches for help but the Freelap and dusty conditions is a nice control!
  • 2 0
 @keeqan: true enough but Kasper was 6 seconds behind Jesse and posted a 3rd fastest time of the day in the 2017 gryphon. Spruce race timed, no Strava hop ups.
  • 1 0
 @jonnyboy: oh hell yeah. You have to be insanely fast to be near the top on those trails no matter the advantages/disadvantages. So many insanely fast locals and pros coming from all over the world to ride there.
  • 6 0
 I wanna Geoff Kabush! Smile Smile
  • 3 0
 agree!!! Kaboom!
  • 5 2
 I will bet that the sun being so low on the horizon at this time, plays a big role in shadow play/visibility. Also lower temperatures can affect traction big time.
  • 1 0
 Was thinking myself, whilst eyes were bouncing back and forth, maybe a small lap overlay with the other rider's dot represented as well as the current rider. Then have it single screen. We can get to appreciate the track, and the riders lines better whilst still knowing where they are compared to another.

That and Pinkbike staff riding it too, not just Adam. ))
  • 1 0
 What’s most impressive is both Miranda and Claire’s times are not as far off the fastest hotlap as 95% of us reading this! Most likely including the PB editorial staff too
  • 1 0
 @HunterMcC1 ALN tied for 28th and MM tied for 35th on the all-time list of 4391 riders...probably closer to 99%!
  • 5 0
 The Privateer please!
  • 1 0
 My untrained eye thinks Claire lost it somewhere between 45 seconds and a minute in, where Miranda took a tighter line and kept speed up. For the rest of the run, the gap looked to stay pretty even. Pretty cool video.
  • 2 0
 I think I could do this course and get a respectable 4th place on the male leader board. Most likely a couple minutes off third, but 4th ain't bad when it comes down to it.
  • 1 0
 Missing sections of trail because my eyes are darting back and forth between the split screens feels like when we do night rides with our lights on strobe.
  • 1 0
 jclnv ^"Jolanda Neff please"

and not just because she is fast
but because she giggles and makes it all sound like so much fun when she rides
  • 3 0
 Who will represent as the Stig?
  • 1 0
  • 3 0
 The Stig.... on hotlap
  • 3 0
 She's funny. I like her.
  • 2 0
 And very humble. That impressed me.
  • 1 0
 Her solo hotlap commentary is fun!
  • 4 1
  • 3 2
 Vali Holl could be interesting, probably doesn't have the horsepower yet though!
  • 1 1
 I'd like to see the entire trail as a hot lap so one can see the climbing skills of the riders as well. Great fun watching the best ride this trail. Thanks PB.
  • 1 0
 No fair...Miranda's rode that trail 25000 times!
  • 1 0
 Would be nice to see Richie Rude on the board too
  • 1 0
 It would be so fun to ride with Yoann!
  • 1 3
 I'd love that see Squamish newcomer @coen.skrypnek rrrip the hot lap!
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