Miranda Miller started her tenure on Kona’s enduro team on the right foot, winning Sunday’s Tennessee National Enduro.

Held at Windrock bike park, the event followed an early season suspension camp for Kona team sponsor Rockshox, making for a competitive field at the early season event.

Miller topped the pro women’s podium ahead of fellow Canadian Rachel Pageau (Pivot Cycles), who had won the previous days Pro GRT downhill race.

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In the pro men’s event, Miller’s Kona teammate and fellow Squamish local Rhys Verner finished third. Tennessee local Russell Bobbitt used his familiarity with the local, peanut butter-thick mud and slick Windrock rock features to win the event.Damien Oton (Unior / Devinci Factory Racing), who finished 2018 EWS ranked second overall, was second.

While the Tennessee National Enduro was an EWS Qualifier event, it was more important as a tune up event for the Canadians. With snow still blanketing much of the country, it was one of the few events to take place before the full EWS series starts on March 24 in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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Miller announced at the start of 2019 that she would be switching her focus to the increasingly popular Enduro World Series. The 2017 UCI downhill world champion will continue to race select downhill events, but cited a desire for a change and new focus as her reason for making the switch.

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