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 Rabbit Valley Rally outside Fruita, Colorado, the second race on the Mountain States Cup series.
Rabbit Valley Rally - Fruita, CO
Well the time trial was pretty straightforward.
Goal: go as fast as I could for about 15.5 minutes.
After a super good warm up, I lined up to start. It began on
a fast two-track road then began to climb pretty fast.
After the climb the course snaked along the side of a ridge.
The descent was way fun with a few small rock drops and a ton of whoops!
On one set of the whoops I tried to double them and got
launched into the sand and sagebrush, scary! Luckily, I did not lose a ton of
time and kept on crusin’.
Howard Grotts (Rocky Mtn Chocolate Factory) took the win and
I ended up a very close 5 seconds behind. Noah Talley (Revolution-Cannondale)
took a close 3rd.
After the TT I was pretty excited for the cross country, as
the course was very fast, and a ton of fun. So the race started of pretty
mellow, surprising for a junior race….but it was kind of nice for a change.
The whole group was together for the first few miles then we
hit the first few rollers and it separated into Noah Talley, Howard and I.
After a few minutes we hit the first somewhat "major” climb
and Noah began to fade, so Howard began to pour it on, with me trying to stay
We road together for the majority of the race, battling it
out for the win, on the awesome singletrack.
On the final
climb, which as all sand, I had a small gap, and some guy yelled that I had 50
yards, and I knew that was my only chance to dump Howard and we were very close
to the finish.
I continued to bury myself to stay away from Howard until I
made it to the finish line. I’m very excited to have taken the win this time,
and Howard was a very close 33 seconds back! Then Noah rolled in for another
great ride in 3rd place.
Good Work out there guys!!