Singletracks recently sat down with Kona Enduro racer Miranda Miller to chat about her transition to the EWS from a long career in racing downhill. They talk about her first year with Kona, compare what it’s like to race EWS instead of the World Cups and more.

Here are a couple of excerpts:

What were some of the less obvious elements of your DH racing skillset that carried over to enduro? 

Growing up racing downhill you’re challenged more technically when it comes to jumps, drops, and high speeds. If any of these are included in an enduro stage — I’m pumped. To the younger riders now I’d recommend not focusing on a single discipline until you’re a Junior (16-18) as it will help develop your skillset. As a downhill racer I actually always enjoyed riding long distances and challenging myself physically so I think that has helped me transition between disciplines. 

How did your first season on the Kona squad go?

My first year with Kona reignited my love for racing and riding again. Being at a smaller brand with a closer-knit group of people has allowed me to showcase my worth and who I truly am. It’s a company that has fun, sticks to their guns, and we were raised in the same terrain. 

Be sure to check out the full interview over on Singletracks