Team USA Cycling fourth in team relay at Mountain Bike Worlds


Keegan Swenson wrapped things up for the US in the team relay
Keegan Swenson wrapped things up for the US in the team relay. (photo by Rob Jones)
Hafjell, Norway (September 3, 2014) – Team USA Cycling barely missed out on the podium on day two of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships when the foursome of  Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Factory Racing), Neilson Powless (Roseville, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized), Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing), and Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale Factory Racing) placed fourth in the team relay.
The team relay is a once-a-year event in which each nation enters an elite man, elite woman, U23 man, and junior man to complete one lap apiece of the cross-country course. Team USA Cycling's strategy was to send the fastest riders first and last, so Wells toed the line first while Powless and Davison took the second and third laps. Swenson then concluded the race with a very strong final lap.
"It was an exciting race for sure," explained USA Cycling's Mountain Bike Program Director, Marc Gullickson, after the podium near-miss. "Our strategy seemed to work. Keegan had great legs and pulled back some places to almost land the USA on the podium. The other three riders rode well also and all together it was a very solid team effort and a great way to get the World Championships off to a strong start." 
Neilson Powless was Team USA Cycling's junior men's entry in team relay
Neilson Powless was Team USA Cycling's junior men's entry in team relay. (photo by Rob Jones)

"The relay was really exciting and a true team effort," Davison said afterwards. "Everyone had a great ride to either maintain or move up our position to be within striking distance of the medals, and Keegan absolutely lit up the last lap to almost secure a bronze."

The world title went to the French team while Switzerland rode to silver and the Czech Republic secured bronze. 
Mountain Bike Worlds continue tomorrow with the junior men's and women's cross-country competitions. Neilson Powless, Sean Bennett (El Cerrito, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized), Landen Beckner (Helena, Mont.), Carson Beckett (Benton, Ky./Wood-N-Wave) and Garrett Gerchar (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Junior Cycling-Tokyo Joe’s Jr.) will line up for the junior men's race while Ksenia Lepikhina (Boulder, Colo.) and Shea Chavez (Flagstaff, Ariz.) will represent the USA in the junior women's race.
Stay tuned to to find out how Team USA Cycling fares!

Lea Davison took the third lap in the team relay
Lea Davison took the third lap in the team relay. (photo by Rob Jones)
2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
Hafjell, Norway
September 2-7, 2014
Team Relay
1. France
2. Switzerland
3. Czech Republic
4. United States (Todd Wells, Neilson Powless, Lea Davison, and Keegan Swenson)

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