Keegan Swirbul wins U23 national road title
The Aspen Times
Add a national championship for Roaring Fork Valley cyclist Keegan Swirbul.
Swirbul, an Aspen High School graduate, won the national title this week in the USA Cycling Road Championships in the Lake Tahoe area.
He won the U23 national title with Axeon Cycling Team teammate Gregory Daniel a close second.
Colin Joyce of California Giant Cycling finished third.
And Alexey Vermeulen of the BMC Development Team finished fourth in the racing division for young pro riders.
Swirbul, who earlier this year won the prestigious Iron Horse Bicycle Classic road race from Durango to Silverton, lives in the midvalley area. He’s in his second season as a pro cyclist.
In other results from the national championships at Lake Tahoe, Aspen’s Kevin Callahan finished 28th in the 17-18 age class.
Callahan won the state time trial championships last week, prevailing as the top time-trial rider in his age group in Colorado.
Callahan also was invited to work out with the Hincapie Development Team cyclists who were in Aspen for altitude training the past two weeks.
Also, Aspen’s Aaron Pool finished 71st in the Cat 1 road race at amateur nationals.
High temperatures in the mid-90s greeted the riders.
Skiers players were told that Aspen High School hockey isn’t playing varsity for the 2022-23 season. Reasons included a lack of seniors and consternation over experience.