After a four-month hiatus from racing due to the Coronavirus pandemic, 15-year-old Riley Miller toed the start line for the first time since her U21 win at the North American Continental Enduro in Windrock, Tennessee. Signing up for the pro women’s class, the Eastern States Cup Enduro and Downhill race at Blue Mountain gave Miller the opportunity to test herself against more experienced athletes who race at the World Cup-level. With consistently fast times on all five stages and one stage win, Miller took the victory, edging out the other pro women by seven seconds in just over 19 minutes of racing.
“I was just hoping to be on the podium,” said Miller. “I was so psyched to take gold! In the downhill race, I knew the competition was going to be steep. Fortunately, I felt sold during practice and in my pre-run, which gave me much-needed confidence during the race.”
Isabella Naughton was back racing the California Enduro Series in Mt. Shasta Sunday, nearly a month after the first CES race in China Peak, where she finished third. Much like the first round, the five stages on Mt. Shasta were loose and dusty. Naughton kept it smooth and fast aboard her Liv Hail Advanced to finish on the podium in second.
“I had a lot of fun this weekend in Mt. Shasta for the second round of the California Enduro Series,” said Naughton. “The race consisted of a total of a little over 20 minutes of racing on some rowdy, loose, dusty stages in some warm weather. My Liv Hail paired with a Maxxis Assegai in the front and a DHF in the rear hooked up great in the rutted corners. Super stoked to finish 2nd in Pro women behind the speedy Amy Morrison.”