"I'm so psyched," says Swirbul. "The race was ridiculously hard and I just wanted to beat Lance so bad."
After the race Armstrong tweeted, “Had a blast racing the #poweroffour this morning. Got whooped up on by a kid young enough to be my son! Keegan Swirbul - remember that name!”
Swirbul is from Carbondale, Colo. and recently took fourth in the first Master of the Mass mountain bike race in Snowmass earlier this summer. When asked about the Power of Four course he responded, "My favorite part was Government Trail and the hardest part was definitely that last climb up Midnight Mine."
The third and fourth place finishers kept a very close race, coming in only 10 seconds apart. Aspen Mountain ski patroller, Max Taam of Aspen, Colo. took third with a time of 4:14:10 and Greg Strokes of Snowmass Village, Colo. came in hot on the heels of Taam to take fourth with a time of 4:14:20. Scott Leonard of Carbondale, Colo. and Mountain Flyer magazine took fifth with a time of 4:24:07.
The fastest relay team comprised of Aspen Mountain ski patroller Annie Gonzales and Charlie Eckart of Aspen, Colo. finished with a time of 4:16:29. The top woman rider was Tammy Jacques-Grewal of Steamboat Springs, Colo. with a time of 4:40:56.
FINAL RESULTS: Below are all of the top riders in each category. Final results with times for all racers are posted here: http://ow.ly/delqE. There were a total of 101 riders with 94 finishing the course.
1st: Keegan Swirbul (3:56:00)
2nd: Lance Armstrong (4:01:02)
3rd: Max Taam (4:14:10)
4th: Gregory Strokes (4:14:20)
5th: Scott Leonard (4:24:07)
1st: Tammy Jacques-Grewal (4:40:56)
2nd: Rachel Hadley (4:47:00)
3rd: Jamie Brede (5:08:33)
4th: Tess Weaver (5:40:33)
5th: Wendy Lyall (5:40:36)
Men’s Solo- Single Speed
1st: Chris Brandt (4:51:29)
Relay Team of Two- Coed
1st: Annie Gonzales & Charlie Eckart (4:16:29)
Relay Team of Two- Men’s
1st: Joel Mischke & Jason LaPoint (4:23:36)
MORE PHOTOS: For more photos from the event, please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aspensnowmass/sets/72157631243094660/. Photos by Jeremy Swanson and Daniel Bayer.
Aspen/Snowmass would like to thank all Power of Four event sponsors: Muscle Milk, Helly Hansen, Clif Bar, Bud Light and Giro. For more on the Power of Four visit www.aspensnowmass.com/poweroffour.