Video: Keegan Swenson Rides 336 Miles in Record-Breaking 24 Hours in Old Pueblo Race

Mar 3, 2022
by Sarah Moore  


It's Keegan Swenson’s first time at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo and his first time racing solo for 24 hours. But that doesn't stop him from attempting the course record on the 16 mile (25.75 km) course with 755 feet (230m) of climbing. The record that was set by Taylor Lideen in 2018 and matched by Josh Tostado in 2020 was 20 laps and so Swenson would be aiming for 21 laps, no less than 336 miles (540 km) with 15,855 feet (4,832 m) of climbing.


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76 Comments
  • 75 1
 336miles in 24 hours = 14mph (22.4kph) average. On a mountain bike. Damn.
  • 9 1
 And he wasn't even pedaling for the full 24 hours, so even faster than that. I'm curious how much break time he took. How many times do you need to pump up your tires and lube your chain during an effort like that?
  • 3 1
 Ha, thanks. I was just about to do the maths. 14mph is insanely fast especially for that many miles/hours!
  • 4 2
 @trailcoffee:

I don’t know, but I do a few 100 mile races per season, and no chain treatment really lasts quite long enough.
  • 4 1
 @trailcoffee: He was riding two different bikes during the race. I guess it's pretty common for a lot of the solo riders to bring multiple bikes. It makes sense and gives your mechanic plenty of time to do things like lube the chain.
  • 1 0
 @trailcoffee: He didn't really. Stood over his bike, his team changed out bottles food. etc. Occasionally he switched bikes.
  • 75 1
 Skittle gummies FTW
  • 13 1
 That pic looks kinda trippy, so I'm guessing those aren't gummies, but they're definitely "gummies."
  • 3 1
 Ha. Came here for that! So gummies are the secret, huh?
  • 1 1
 My new energy food!
  • 2 1
 never tried. I like classic skittles and gummies. Are these the best of both worlds?
  • 5 1
 @smoothmoose: their just skittle flavored gummies, I like em
  • 47 1
 Bike for sale, only 1 race! Get yours while you can!
  • 52 1
 Chamois for sale, 1 ride old.
  • 10 2
 Looks like 2 different bikes.
  • 3 1
 @Tmackstab: he threw away brand new socks after the one race haha.

that might say more about the socks than the race though hmm.
  • 5 1
 @akanatron: Yeah, wondering if he had one set up in 'night mode' with lights already attached?
  • 2 1
 @Tmackstab: Unwashed......
  • 3 0
 Or as many ads in the PB classifieds read "BRAND NEW! Strava shows only 336 miles."
And the price is more than MSRP.
  • 10 5
 a true accomplishment! makes me nauseous thinking about the complete thrashing this does to the body. wonder how long he, or anyone else that races for 24hrs, 12hrs, ...6hrs... feels like garbage. here comes a month of recovery...
  • 4 1
 I got nauseous imagining heaping Skittles in my mouth while I'm exhausted. I get why they do it but damn, that seems rough for anyone without a sweet tooth lol
  • 1 2
 i have done some 24 hr stuff and generally i am tired for a day, but feel fine after. anuthing above zone 2 aerobically is a no go for a week or so
  • 3 1
 In a trainer road podcast I think he said two days off the bike, and then a day or two of easier riding before getting back to his normal routine
  • 1 1
 Took me about a week to feel normal again after the British champs last year and that was super fast. Typically I would say it takes 2 weeks to get the weight and top end back!
  • 4 0
 He did his first White RIm FKT effort on October 6, 2019 then turned around and raced the Oztrails Offroad a week later on October 13th. Dude is a beast and a glutton for punishment. I'm pretty stoked to see what he does as he starts to transition away from pure XC racing to these efforts. He seems to really have the mental toughness and genetics for this sort of stuff.
  • 1 0
 I saw on his strava that he felt good to go at some point this week. So it was like 10 days for him at most?
  • 1 0
 Craig Gordon ended up in hospital on dialysis after his 24hr solo world championship win.

"Craig had won the race but there was no time to celebrate. Instead he was rushed to hospital where he underwent 48 hours of dialysis. He was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a condition that is caused when muscles are damaged to a point where the muscle cells are released into the blood stream, thus leading to kidney damage and potential kidney failure."
  • 9 1
 Looks like the King of Hammers for mountain biking!
  • 2 1
 Just the T1 Trophy Truck route without the rock crawling sections.
  • 9 2
 Guy was out there rollin' coal for 24 hrs. What a feat. Hats off to Timon Fish who almost tied him
  • 5 2
 What a beast. If I had his engine Id totally do all these fun events vs riding in small circles for 1.5 hrs on the world cup XC circuit.
  • 6 1
 The real story is about the 20yo amateur kid who placed third!
  • 2 0
 The real story is about all the amateurs, over the last 22 years, that make that race.
  • 1 0
 Monster has a good angle here. Develop a product that appeals to athletes (or at least those who think they are athletes) and then sponsor folks based around the products. Unlike Red Bull who basically told their athletes to drink soda, Monster could develop a whole product line of "sport" drinks that athletes might not cringe about using.
  • 3 1
 I'm curious how long it takes someone like Keegan to recover from an effort like that. I mean... I would think "bone tired" would be literal after a race like that.
  • 2 1
 I think he mentioned it on the last Trainer road podcast but I can't remember. Definitely less than a week with active recovery rides. He's an animal.
  • 4 1
 His taint swelled up to Jicama size
  • 4 1
 We can all agree that the le mans starts are really stupid, right?
  • 5 1
 Doesn't matter what I think, but this is a reason I don't do this race anymore. Plus, the shot of the venue looks cool, but IRL it's an absolute SS. If you aren't fully supported and on-site 4-5 days in advance, camping sucks...
  • 1 1
 Nah. The one at the Silver Rush 50 is pretty cool. It goes up an unrideable hill. First man and woman to cross the timing mat at the top get a coveted entry to Leadville 100.
  • 2 1
 Right! What are we, triathletes? I imagine they do it to break up the pack at the start line?
  • 2 0
 That, and being surrounded by a bunch of MAMILS shouting "wooooo" as the countdown begins. It's why I ran so fast, to get away from the plum smugglers.
  • 2 0
 @bikewriter: I thought you just enjoyed be chased /wink
  • 2 0
 I did a local race once where the organizer made everybody take their shoes off and throw them in a big pile at the start.... you had to run to the pile, find your shoes, put them on, THEN race full speed ahead. I'm still not sure whether I am amused or annoyed.
  • 1 0
 Organizers do this to make things "fun" and "lighthearted" but when people show up with full factory rides and sponsorships it kinda removes all the fun anyways.

If you want an event to be an official race in a larger series with serious payouts, then ditch the goofiness and just let people race.

If you want an event to be fun, have strict rules about being fun.
  • 4 2
 How did his taint survive?
  • 1 0
 Guess we'll find out in Rapha's new marketing campaign.
  • 2 0
 im sure the single speeder who won beat him by 2 lpas
  • 1 0
 I've done 520 km in 24 hours but in the end I got tired of the vibrations coming from the 250cc 2 stroke engine.
  • 2 1
 Awesome, great job. Keep on rocking .
  • 2 1
 I thought the people doing 12hr solos a were insane, this is another level
  • 3 2
 I wanna see Keegan do the CTR. Wonder if he could break that record
  • 2 1
 Right?! He hints at it and the AZT a bit in the video as maybe the next tougher option. It'd be awesome to see but self-supported races like the CTR take a different skill/mindset and it doesn't seem like people transfer well from supported to self-supported formats or vice versa.
  • 1 0
 @nrb251: true. The grit of the CTR racers is largely unseen in normal XC racers. Whole different type of person.
  • 3 2
 that is very impressive, congratulation for the ride
  • 2 1
 It’s just one of those things every biker needs to do at least once.
  • 2 0
 You've obviously eavesdropped on my dates...
  • 2 0
 #Where’sLaelTho?
  • 1 0
 Jesus, the man is machine.
  • 2 1
 That is a huge effort!
  • 2 1
 You dont say
  • 3 1
 @mi-bike: For reference his solo result would have gotten him 5th place in the 4 person men's cat. Pretty nuts.
  • 6 7
 I've done 375 miles in 24 hours, but that was on a road bike.This is a whole other level.
  • 1 0
 Beast....
  • 2 4
 Doesn’t look like much fun
  • 3 1
 Type 2
  • 1 2
 Nope....
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