Miller Proves to be a Force on CX1
Much is new with Meredith Miller these days… She’s racing on a new team, Noosa Professional Cyclocross. She’s on a new groupset, SRAM Force CX1. She’s even newly married.
That whirlwind of newness has proven good for Miller, a veteran SRAM athlete. Last week Miller won Cross Vegas last week in front of an estimated 10,000 fans under the lights where she outsprinted two of the world’s best, Katie Compton and Katerina Nash for the victory in the Elite Women’s Race. She followed that performance up Sunday with a second place at the 2014 Boulder Cup in Colorado.
This season, Miller is riding the SRAM Force CX1 groupset with HydroR hydraulic disc brakes. Force CX1 is a complete high-performance 1x11 cyclocross drivetrain created by blending the best of SRAM’s revolutionary XX1 mountain bike and road technologies. Miller, who had done much of her summer training on Force 22 with WiFLi technology, said the transition to Force CX1 was smooth. For the fast grass-covered course with some climbing at Cross Vegas, Miller selected a SRAM Force CX1 X-SYNC™ 42-tooth chainring paired with a WiFLi 11-32 cassette. Miller added that she would probably stick with the Force CX1 X-SYNC™42-tooth chainring for most races, perhaps opting for a 40-tooth ring for the muddier more technical courses in Europe.
“It was super smooth, so quiet. It worked seamlessly last night,” Miller said of Force CX1. “I’m really happy to be back on the hyrdro again. Everything worked really well last night.… When I was being interviewed last night and somebody asked me, ‘What went right?’ I’m like, ‘Well, everything!’ Nothing went wrong last night.”
When she stopped by the SRAM booth at Intebike last week after her Cross Vegas victory, Miller was exuberant and thankful. “The team started coming into fruition in June, so it was really late,” Miller said. “We feel very fortunate to have had all of our sponsors have faith in us to come on board such a late moment in the game. It was a full-time job putting the team together. Then I got married a week in a half ago…. So, throw that into the mix, too…. To pull off the win last night it was just like everything falling into place.”
Miller’s Noosa teammate Allen Krughoff also is off to a fast start this season. Seventh in the Elite Men’s race at Cross Vegas, Krughoff last weekend in Colorado finished third at the U.S. Open of Cyclocross and second at the Boulder Cup.
Follow Noosa Professional Cyclocross on Twitter at @NoosaCX.
Top photo by Wil Matthews Photography