Miranda Miller joined Kona this year for a change in focus. We caught up with her to see how the year has been, and what’s next.
Tell us who you are, what you do and why we should go for a bike ride with you…
I’m Miranda Miller who is a cycling enthusiast and based out of Squamish B.C. I race EWS and a little bit of Downhill for the Kona Gravity Team. You should go for a bike ride with me because I’ll be slower up the hills and it will make you feel good. Plus, I only ride fun things.
What has been your best memory or achievement from the last year?
My best achievement from 2019 was getting my first EWS podium in Les Orres but one of my favourite memories was racing the downhill World Cup in Les Gets. It was just so damn fun and the race was crazy to watch live! I’m a huge racing fan.
-You crash your bike and can only salvage one thing from it – what would it be and why?
I’d probably salvage the frame…? I mean, it’s like the most important part…
-If you could only ride one trail for the rest of your days – which is it?
This is a hard question…Maybe A-Line because that is where all my friends are.
-Everyone wants to improve, right? What would you like to do better?
I would like to improve on corners that aren’t your classic MTB turn, perhaps ones that require a nose pivot. Because those are very real in Enduro. But the list is long and that’s what makes it so fun.
-Which component do you break and/or swap the most?
Honestly I didn’t break anything this year. For example I raced and practiced all on the same set of wheels and I’m still riding them. I do like to swap my brake pads quite often tho.
-What is your tip to becoming a better mountain biker?
Practice simple things like looking ahead and braking before the turns. It sounds simple but you never stop working on it.
-What one innovation has made mountain bikes better, and why?
Oh the Reverb for sure. Remember having to stop and drop your seat or always having it somewhere you didn’t want it?? That sucked.
-Who do you admire most in the mountain bike world?
Wow big question!
Right now I would say Myriam Nicole is high on the list for coming back from such a long list of injuries with such style and grace and accomplishing the highest achievements. But there are many, many more whom I look up to.
-What are you hoping to get up to in the next 12 months?
I’m going to farm myself some bigger quads, let this fitness marinate and then drop into a season of racing!