Santa Cruz Bicycle’s Keegan Swenson joins us to talk about his two National Championship wins and his unexpectedly bumpy ride at Belgian Waffle Ride, as well as answering your questions on recovery modalities and joining us for a discussion on equipment upgrades and more.

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.



Topics covered in this episode

  • Intro 0:00
  • Keegan’s learnings from National Championships 1:04
  • Nate’s learnings from Tahoe Trail 100 22:233
  • Managing hunger during training blocks 32:45
  • Tips for strong riders in weak fields 53:09
  • Keegan’s Belgian Waffle Ride experience 1:04:23
  • The value of equipment upgrades 1:36:30
  • Recovery modalities that actually work 1:48:57
  • What’s the best bike and equipment for Leadville? 1:54:26

Resources mentioned in this episode


Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast

Successful Athletes Podcast

Science of Getting Faster Podcast


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Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee is a Level II USA certified cycling coach and the host of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast. His background in the sport of motocross has translated into a passion for cycling, mountain biking and all things training. If you have a training question, submit your question for Jonathan to answer on the next episode of TrainerRoad’s podcast.