XSI Mountain Biker Nate Miller Finishes Another Great Season
We decided to check in with XSI Athlete and Mountain Biker, Nate Miller of Park City. Where have you been hiding Nate? Earlier this summer, we first welcomed Nate Miller as an XSI Athlete, right after his outstanding 5th place in the 2010 Laramie Enduro. This grueling race takes bikers through high grass plains, aspen and pine forests, and various cattle trails of the scenic Vedauwoo Recreation area of the Medicine Bow range in scenic Laramie, Wyoming. This is a must see for someone who has never watched an endurance race.
Nate told us that the Laramie Enduro Race Support Team was outstanding at several locations on this 75-mile course. And even better, a great feast awaited the racers after the race. Nate said this feast alone was worth the ride!
Shortly after the Laramie Enduro, Nate got a bad case of bronchitis that kept him off his bike for 6 long weeks this summer. This of course kept him from racing.
Nate did manage to get in a good fall race season though, despite his bout with Bronchitis this summer. Getting back on his bike back in the middle of September, Nate said it felt like the very start of the season all over again.
Nate’s first two races this fall were both at Sundance Resort, over two consecutive weekends. The first race was the Sundance Single Speed Challenge. The following weekend was the 2nd race, 12 hours of Sundance. Fall colors were in bloom for both of these races at Sundance. If you can ever get out to watch one of these endurance, mountain bike races next season at Sundance, you’ll enjoy some of the most beautiful fall scenery that the mountains have to offer.
The first weekend at Sundance, Nate finished 4th place. For the first time back on the bike racing, it would be hard to see what the next weekend would hold. Nate decided to enter the next race at Sundance in the solo category, with the simple goal of just finishing the 12 hour race. Working into a steady pace and watching the laps go by, Nate ended up winning the Pro Men’s Single Speed Category and the overall for solo men.
With a few mechanical problems and a major crash during the race, both of the Sundance races proved to be challenging and Nate remarked that, “pacing yourself is crucial versus trying to race.”
What next? CYCLOCROSS! This was a great way for Nathan Miller to finish up the season. Cyclocross racing extends the season for an additional 3 months. More and more cyclists are taking part in this, as it is the fastest growing segment of the sport.
Cyclocross races are typically one hour, the pace is relentless, and the laps last from 8-12 minutes with sections of the race that have stairs that the riders must run up, and barriers that riders must dismount and run with bikes in hand. Watch some video of a Cyclocross race at this link: http://www.flahute.com/2010/11/01/utcx-5-hooters/
Nate also traveled to southern Utah on November 6th and 7th for the 25 Hour Frog Hollow race on a four man team. Nate’s team, “Dolly’s/Endurance” took the victory! His teammates included: Chris Peters, Keegan Swenson, and Troy Lupcho, (photos and results can be found at another popular mountain bike race site: www.mtbracenews.com.
The following weekend, Nov 13th-14th, Nate entered the USGP New Belgium Cup in Fort Collins, Colorado. This proved to be one of the most challenging weekends of racing Nate has ever participated in. These races are stacked with professional riders, including national champions and world cup riders. Nate said it was a great experience to line up alongside some of the country’s top riders and experience this level of cyclocross.
Happy winter to all as the race season comes to a close on Dec 18th. We’ll catch up with Nate again when his race season begins again in the Spring of 2011.
Attention Riders: If you’re planning a ride out in eastern Utah this winter, talk to the boys at “Altitude Cycles” in Vernal. Take a day trip and you can discover some great trails to ride in the winter months. Between snow storms of course!
“Nate Milller and Team_Frog Hollow”
“Dolly’s/Endurance” took the victory at the 25 Hour Frog Hollow Race. The team included: Nathan Miller, Chris Peters of Endurance Cycles, Keegan Swenson, and Troy Lupcho.