Miranda Miller kicked off the Northwest Cup series in style, snagging a first-place showing at the first race in the series in Port Angeles, Wash., on April 7.
The Garibaldi Highlands resident posted the top time in the Pro Women division, blasting through the course with a time of three minutes, 2.91 seconds, beating out the second-place competitor by almost four seconds.
“Our seeding runs were cold and the battle was trying to use your frozen limbs in the correct manner,” Miller wrote in an email. “By race time it had stopped raining and warmed up, leaving everyone a little happier. I pulled a good run to finish first.”
Other locals who made the trip were Jackson Lee, who placed fifth in the under-18 division and Kris Shortreed, who placed 21st in the Pro Men division.
Team Squamish riders also hit the trails for the first time this year, with Quinn Moberg and Rhys Verner competing at the first Island Cup race of the season in Cumberland on Sunday (April 14).
Moberg took home the top time in the Expert Men division, with a total time of one hour, 28 minutes, nine seconds on the two lap cross-country course. His teammate Rhys Verner also had a strong showing, placing third overall and first in the U19 division with a time of 1:33:54.
Miller and several other Team Squamish members then made the trip down to Monterey, Calif., for the Sea Otter Classic from April 18 to 21.
Verner had the top showing among local riders, with a third-place finish in the boys 15- to 16-year-old cross country division. Verner also had a third-place showing in the 15-to-16 downhill.
Competing in the pro women’s downhill division, Miller placed eighth. Other local finishes included: Holden Jones (18th: XC 13-14 and 16th: DH 13-14), Harry Head (21st XC 16-18 and 7th DH 15-16), Luke Di Marzo (9th XC 15-16 and 17th DH 15-16), Ethan Toom (12th: XC 15-16 and 12th DH 15-16), Jose Carxo (34th XC 17-18), Mike Charuk (20th XC 50-54), Jan Toom (18th XC 50-54), Quinn Moberg (66th XC Pro Men).
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