Park City Native and Whole Athlete/Specialized racer
Keegan Swenson is the reigning 15-16 year-old national XC champion. This season
is his first with the Whole Athlete squad and his first in the 17-18 category.
Keegan will be representing his team and the United States throughout the 2011
season and he will be posting a weekly blog on MTBRaceNews.com.
Keegan is now 2 for 2 at Pro XCT events this season.
Read about his recent win at the Fontana City National in California.
I pre rode the course, I was excited to race, as the course was
this year, a really steep climb with a really fun descent. The
short, fast, and fun.
start was very fast, one of the Arizona Devo guys got the hole shot and
drilling it so my teammate Tony and I just sat on. Then right before the
the two of us took off and got a few bike lengths right
just kept hammering along on the singletrack, only
widening our gap to
the rest of the field.
made the turn up
the really steep climb everyone calls "The
Wall", I was feeling good so I went around Tony and opened up a
of a few bike lengths.
got a few seconds back on me during the
could see him back there hammering, so that only made me go
the second lap I kept the pace up pretty high to maintain
my lead on
Tony, who I could see just behind me, so that was pushing
me to keep
pouring it on.
time on The Wall I went a little
harder. I wanted to be sure Tony would
not catch me on the
downhill. I rode about the same pace on the climb the
third lap, on the downhill I backed off a little to be sure I would not
or anything like that.
this time we were catching lapped
riders so it got kind of tough to pass
on the downhill singletrack, but most of the riders were great about
passing so it was not too
bad. In the end I was able to take the