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 3 for 3 at Pro XCT events this season. Read
about his recent win at Utah State Championship Series Race #1 in Lambert Park,
Utah State Championship Series, Race #1
Field size- 16
I was pretty excited about this race, as it was the first race of a
brand new series. I had also never raced this course, and it sounded like a ton
of fun. The weather was a little shaky at first and I was not quite sure what
to expect, but luckily it held out and made for a sweet race, with really fast
and tacky hero dirt.
After a decent warm up, we lined up at the start line. I had an alright
but shaky start because I slipped my pedal for some reason…. not really sure
what happened. But the next thing I knew I went from the very front to the back
Wasn’t too worried though, as it was a double track road, and it began
to climb pretty quickly. So I worked my way up to the front and started to push
the pace a bit. We went over the top of the climb with Bryson Perry, Alex Grant
and Jason Sager not far behind.
We ripped down the descent and kept on crushing it for a while and took
turns pulling on the front. On the third lap Alex attacked near the top of the
climb right before the singletrack and opened up a little gap between Bryson
On one of the small climbs before the finish I buried myself to get
back on Alex’s wheel, which worked out well because we had finally shaken off
Bryson and it was just Alex and I for the last lap.
We just kept the pace high so Bryson wouldn’t catch back on before the
finish. Alex and I were basically neck and neck about to go into the finish,
and he sprinted a little earlier than I expected, then slipped out of his pedal
and I got him right at the line.
Overall it was a super fun race, and thanks to the USCS crew for
getting the first race in the series off very smoothly, with no issues what so