LA THUILE RACE TWOMIRANDA MILLER AND CARLOS LANGELAAN TACKLE LA THUILE
Moving on up, Miranda FInishes in eighth place in La Thuile
After round three of the EWS in La Thuile Kona Gravity team had a day off last Friday to regroup and prepare for round four. Round four would be raced on the same tracks in La Thuile but would kick off on Saturday with a Pro stage after EWS100 and EWS80 competitors had raced. Saturday’s racing was rain-free, and Miranda had a solid run, finishing the stage in ninth place, moving her start place up for Sunday in the process. Connor was sitting round four out due to sickness, so it was left to Carlos Langelaan to step up to try to fill his shoes. He’d finish the Pro stage in 49th place.
Rain overnight again complicated things, with Sunday’s four stages a bit of a lottery when it came to track conditions. Miranda kept things consistent finishing just outside the top ten on stages two, three, and four, and she would end the day with a solid eighth place on the long 9+ minute final stage. Keeping things consistent throughout the day would earn Miranda an overall eighth-place finish for round four, moving her into 14th place in the overall after the opening four rounds.
After his solid mid-pack finish on Saturday, Carlos couldn’t quite back it up on Sunday. A few mistakes on the first stage of the day cost him but he worked his way back and even finished in the top 50 on stage four. Carlos would finish the day exactly where he started in 59th place. He’s now sitting in 66th overall.
The team will now chill for the next six weeks before the next doubleheader in Loudenvielle, France at the beginning of September. Loudenvielle, a brand new venue, is located high in the French Pyrenees, and will serve up some classic French enduro racing. The team will be up against steep, natural trails and some big, big days in the saddle.
Miranda Miller taming the challenging pro stage for ninth place on Saturday.
The athlete experience
I had a good start and finish to the day with some harder moments in between but all in all, I’m really happy with how I kept pushing despite my fatigue. Will be icing the wrists for a few days. Happy to be going home on a good note – and grateful for all the help and support from the team and the fans!
Carlos’ bike control is second to none, the young Spanish rider knows that he needs to work on his enduro fitness. Here he is drifting into 46th place on stage four.
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