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
Keegan is now 3 for 3 at Pro XCT events this season. He
recently traveled to Granichen, Switzerland, to race the world cup event there with
Team USA. Read Keegan's report below.
Racer Bikes Cup, Granichen, Switzerland
I was pretty excited for this race after racing the
Offenburg world cup, and learning how to race in Europe. The track was a short
and fast 5k loop, with short techy downhills and some very steep climbs. There
were also a lot of creative lines built into the gravel pit that we raced
After a super good warm up we lined up. I happened to be
called up 11th, which was awesome considering there were 60
starters! The started off incredibly fast, as presumed. We hammered up the
pavement and I managed to make my way into 3rd by the singletrack
I took the lead for a bit of the first lap, which turned out
to be a mistake as I faded back into 6th by the end of the second
lap. I started to feel better and began to make my way back up to the front of
the race. I made up most of my time on the longer asphalt climb that was right
after the start.
After some chasing, I caught up to the current 2ndand 3rd place racers and proceeded to ride a lap with them.
Somewhere during the 5th lap Dominic Zumstein (Scott-Swisspower, 3rdat finish) and I shook off Erik Jonsson (who ended up 5th). So it
was just Zumstein and I, on the last lap I threw in an attack on the paved
climb and put about 20 seconds or so on him by the top. I just tried to keep
the pace high but was careful not to crash on the downhills and just road it
out until the finish. Good job to all of my USA teammates out there!