Keegan Swenson's World Cup Blog and Video
Top U.S. U-23 rider Keegan Swenson is
living in Europe this summer focusing all his energy on racing the world cup.
Rooming with his Cannondale teammate and #1 competition, Anton Cooper, Keegan
is preparing himself for a long summer of European mountain bike competition.
Along the way he’ll be checking in with MTB Race News to keep everyone up to
date on his progress. Read Keegan’s blog post below.
Well the last couple weekends have been
pretty tough... A few days before the Albstadt World Cup I woke up feeling a
bit sick. I tried the best I could to get rid of it before my race on Saturday
but still wasn’t feeling so good come Saturday morning. I was feeling good
enough to put my wheel on the line and give a go though. Right when the gun
went off I pulled out of my pedal, which was a bummer cause I lost a good
amount of positions right off the start. For some reason there was no start
loop, which made it tough to move up before we hit the single track. Basically
had to run the entire way up the first climb! After the first lap I still
didn’t feel so good and figured I would try another lap. I was having a tough
time breathing so I figured it better to pull out then destroy my lungs and
probably prolong my cold which was the last thing I wanted to do with Nove
Mesto World Cup the next weekend.
The week leading up to Nove Mesto I did the
best I could to get healthy again, took some time off bike and tried to get as
much sleep as possible! We left for the Czech republic on Wednesday afternoon,
and by then I was starting to feel a bit better. After a long drive on
Wednesday it felt nice to get out and do a few laps on the course, which was
awesome! Pretty flowy, with lots of roots, as well as some pretty gnarly rock
gardens. On Friday I did a couple hot laps to see how I felt as well as get
used to the course at speed. I didn’t feel 100% but definitely better then the
last weekend, so I was excited to race. I again had trouble at the start except
this time it was a crash…luckily I was able to get up quick and get back into
the race. Although I was still in last position going into the start loop! By
the end of the start loop I had made it up around 70th place. Then
disaster struck again….I crashed in the Rubena rock garden. I also flatted…not
sure which came first though. All I know is that I went over the bars into a
tree and my front tire was flat! I then road about 2k to the pits on the flat
front tire (the rim still wasn’t dented or cracked…ENVE wheels can take a
hit!!!). So after the crash and flat tire I was a bit shaken up but still kept
pushing till the end. Ended up 73rd, not my best world cup result,
but the season is just beginning! Congrats to my teammate Marco on his 9thplace in elite men, and to my fellow American Howard Grotts on his 7thin U23s!! Hopefully I can put all this bad luck behind me for the coming World
Cup in Val d sole Italy!