On May 9, 2009, freshman Sinead Miller
won the division one collegiate road cycling national title for the criterium in Fort Collins, Colorado, at the collegiate road cycling national championships. Miller became the first woman in Marian College cycling history to win a national road cycling championship.
Miller, who had been diagnosed with bronchitis with a hint of pneumonia at the hospital the day before, rode a smart race by reserving her energy by drafting off her competitors in the race. “When I warmed up, I kept coughing. I thought I didn’t have a chance to win so I sat in. With five laps to go, I was able to get myself to the front of the field and go for the win,” Miller said.
Miller and Jacquelyn Crowell (University of Florida) were the first of the group to enter the final turn around the downtown Fort Collins criterium course. Taking the last corner at a dangerously fast speed, Crowell and Miller fought it out to the finishing straight, where Miller outsprinted the lead group of 35 women who remained out of the original 60-woman field.
“It was a huge adrenaline rush to win the race,” said Miller. “It felt great to help the team out after being sick.”
Miller had just returned the previous Monday from representing the United States in France and the Netherlands with USA cycling’s national team. Miller is scheduled to return to Europe in August.
Miller was selected to ride on the collegiate all-star team for the Nature Valley Grand Prix June 10-14. She will join the five other top collegiate women selected at the 2009 collegiate national road championships to take part in the five-day stage race.
Miller recently finished her freshman year at Marian College; she is majoring in chemistry and plans to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation. She currently assists Dr. Carl Lecher, an assistant professor of chemistry at Marian College and director of the Institute for Green and Sustainable Sciences, in the chemistry lab. A native of South Park, Pennsylvania, Miller has been a longtime cyclist; she started racing BMX bikes when she was five and crossed over to road racing at age 10.
Miller received the 2009 Most Valuable cyclist award on Marian College’s cycling team. She delivered 8 wins throughout the spring road season and contributed to three team time trial wins, which makes her the top scoring woman in Marian College cycling history. Miller won the criterium at USA cycling’s Junior Road Championships in 2008 and swept the national title for the women’s points race at collegiate track nationals last September.