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Junior National Champion Keegan Swenson's Blog

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |April 12, 2011 9:51 PM
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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.

Keegan:

After I pre rode the course, I was excited to race, as the course was 
awesome this year, a really steep climb with a really fun descent. The 
laps were short, fast, and fun. 


The start was very fast, one of the Arizona Devo guys got the hole shot and 
was drilling it so my teammate Tony and I just sat on. Then right before the 
singletrack the two of us took off and got a few bike lengths right 
away.

Tony just kept hammering along on the singletrack, only 
widening our gap to the rest of the field.

We then 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 
gap of a few bike lengths.

Tony got a few seconds back on me during the 
descent.

I could see him back there hammering, so that only made me go 
faster. On 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.

This 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 
crash or anything like that.

By 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 win.

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