My name is Matt Miller and I love mountain biking!

Me and my then teammate/first athlete, Seamus Powell

I grew up in the family business, and started building, repairing and selling bikes when I was 11 years old. I started MTB racing in 2001, which led to a long pursuit at being a pro racer. After a few years struggling for my big break, I decided to go to university to study Exercise Science so I could learn how to train more effectively.

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Bikes have come a long way since 2005!

Eventually, I found I was better at learning and applying information than racing. This led to me coaching a number of athletes, and ultimately deciding to pursue my PhD focused on aspects of MTB descending performance.

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I’ve been very fortunate to have support from Giant, both in the USA during my racing and in NZ during my research!

During my PhD, I invented the world’s first brake power meter, and I have spent the last several years trying to understand everything about braking during MTB. Now we’re bringing it to the people, and it’s super exciting! 🙂

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I worked as a Lecturer of Applied Sports Science from 2014-2019. This job allowed me to focus on being the top MTB scientist, while at the same time working towards refining a commercial brake power meter. In early 2019 I shifted my focus from an academic career to coaching athletes and finalizing the brake power meter analytics full-time, which are things I love!

In January 2020, I founded BrakeAce, an automatic brake analysis and coaching software.

I still ride and race, and love nothing more than rooty, rocky trails!


Some links:


Smart MTB Training

Performance Advantage Podcast


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