Hey all of you biking folk out there, local to Iowa biking phenom is coming to Des Moines to share her insight and experiences. Amanda Miller hails from Mt Union and rode local to Des Moines during her time in JUCO. She ended up biking for Colorado State University and in 2008 she made the podium at the Collegiate Mountain Bike Championship and Cyclocross Championships. This past summer she won the St. Francis Tulsa Tough, a road race.
Miller, 24, just completed her first pro season in which she raced in Europe as well as the U.S. She is looking toward a run to make the Olympic team in 2016; 2012 if she gains the requisite experience. She is something of a jack-of-all trades as she races road, 'cross and mountain.
Racing for HUDZ-Subaru, she rocked the Jingle Cross Rock race in Iowa City this past Thanksgiving weekend. She placed third on Friday in the UCI C2 category and beat the nearest competitor by 30 seconds in the Saturday race in a time of 34:40 for 12.3 km. The Sunday race was category UCI C1, the best of the best. She covered the 17.5 km in 44:24 for an average speed of 23.65 through a very muddy, slick and steep course. She beat out her coach Meredith Miller (no relation) by almost 40 seconds. It was an awesome race to watch.
She recently signed with a top women's team HTC-Columbia and will be competing against the world has to offer.
Come out and listen to what this world-class athlete has to say on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 7 p.m. at Des Moines University Clinic. Enter on the East side, park in the garage and head to the lobby.
Your Roving Reporter,