Face splattered with mud at the finish, CalGiant’s Meredith Miller was happy with her result at day one of the Cincinnati3 Cyclocross Festival.
“It felt good to stay with Katie for that long for a change.” she smiled.
After a good start, Miller strung out the field and then was the only rider to be able to stay with eventual winner Katie Compton (Rabobank Giant) for a lap before Compton powered away to take another win. Miller then rode solo to a very strong second place.
About her ride and the mud on her face. “I had a good start and everybody was talking about how sketchy this (first part) was going to be, this grass section so I knew I needed to get a good start, kind of muscled my way into third wheel going through there. I was feeling good and going through the first muddy section, the line that I had to take just splattered right into my face.”
About taking over the front. On the first uphill section I punched it a little bit and I think it strung these things out and eventually Katie came around on the pavement at the end of the first lap. I stayed just slotted in onto her wheel and followed her as long as I could. After that it was just maintaining my power, not letting the gap to her get too big and also maintaining the gap behind me
About the course. It was really, really heavy course, it started to dry out some. There is no flat section so it’s either up or down, you can get a little bit of a breather on the down section but as soon as you go down, you’ve got to get your speed right back up and if you’re not going up, you’re going through mudbogs.
Did she think of taking it easy to recover for next races? “A race is a race is a race. Every day is different so you never know what’s going to happen so you have to give it everything every day. Who knows on the last lap I could of flatted, anything could of happened so you still need to go hard and hopefully my roadie fitness will come into play over these next days.”