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Photo by Dennis Webb

Aspen High School graduate Keegan Swirbul, right, shares a laugh with local friend Fritz Carpenter on Monday morning before the start of the opening stage of the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race. Swirbul is the youngest racer to compete in the history of the USA Pro Challenge.

The wheel deal

Teen graduates from Aspen High School to pro cycling

ASPEN — Two years after catching Lance Armstrong’s eye by beating him in a mountain bike race, teenager and Aspen High School graduate Keegan Swirbul had the misfortune of catching a cold over the weekend.
The timing wasn’t the greatest, as the 18-year-old readied to compete in the USA Pro Challenge cycling race after landing on the Bissell Development Team based in part on the recommendation of Armstrong.


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