From the Daily Camera
Two months ago, in his biggest bike race ever, his front derailleur locked in the big O-ring and the world's most famous cyclist zoomed past him on a steep climb.
"I purposely let him get away on the climb because I knew I would be able to catch him on the downhill," said the lanky 17-year-old, who jettisoned to national prominence in late August after he beat Lance Armstrong in Aspen's 36-mile Power of Four mountain bike race. "I was able to save my energy for the last climb, which was the hardest one. So I went past him there and just held on."
After the race, the embattled Armstrong, who appears poised for one of sports' most dramatic falls from grace in a doping scandal, swung his arm over Swirlbul and said: "This is the future of cycling. Cycling will be fine."