The Power of Partnership: How Tobin & Keegan Dominate Cycling

Discover the story of Tobin Ortenblad and Keegan Swenson, two top cyclists whose friendship and teamwork drive their success on the race track.

The Power of Partnership: How Tobin & Keegan Dominate Cycling

Tobin Ortenblad and Keegan Swenson, two-thirds of the powerhouse htSQD team, have built more than just a winning partnership—they've forged an unbreakable friendship. Their story isn't just about racing; it's about the bonds that drive them to excel and push each other beyond their limits. Let's dive into their journey and the unique dynamics that make their collaboration so special.

A Season to Remember

Keegan Swenson reflects on the 2023 season as one of his best. Achieving the Leadville record, winning Unbound, and clinching the overall Grand Prix were monumental goals that he had been chasing for years. For Keegan, racing isn't just about the thrill of victory; it's about the drive to push his competitors to their limits. He relishes in the aggressive, flat-out style of racing where everyone is hurting just as much as he is. This approach not only brought him success but also solidified his reputation as one of the most formidable long-distance riders.

Friendship on and off the Track

Tobin Ortenblad, the 2023 single speed world champion, shares a unique camaraderie with Keegan. Before joining htSQD, their paths rarely crossed. However, being on the same team brought them closer, transforming their professional relationship into a genuine friendship. Tobin, originally from Park City, Utah, now spends winters in Tucson, Arizona, to escape the cold—a testament to his dislike for chilly weather, much to Keegan's amusement.

Their bond isn't just limited to racing. From hanging out and riding together to strategizing race tactics, their friendship has blossomed over the years. Tobin's extensive experience in road racing and cyclocross provides a different perspective, helping Keegan in the final critical moments of a race. This mutual support and trust are what make their dynamic so special.

Strategy and Psychological Warfare

Racing strategies are pivotal to their success. Keegan and Tobin constantly brainstorm ways to keep their competitors on their toes. Whether it's through hydration strategies or bike setups, they leave no stone unturned. For instance, showing up to a race with hydration vests and extra bottles, even if they aren't full, can psychologically unnerve their competitors. This level of strategic planning often gives them an edge before the race even starts.

The Leadville Record

One of the highlights of their partnership was the Leadville 100 MTB race. Keegan had been eyeing the record for years, and with Tobin's support, he finally smashed it. Tobin's role was to set a blistering pace at the start, helping Keegan gain a time advantage. Although Tobin modestly credits Keegan's win to his sheer prowess, there's no denying that their teamwork played a crucial role.

Looking Ahead

Both riders have clear goals for the future. Keegan aspires to win a world title, while Tobin aims to improve his performance at the UCI Gravel Worlds and Marathon Mountain Bike Worlds. Despite their competitive nature, they remain each other’s biggest supporters, always ready to help and cheer each other on.

Their story is a testament to the power of friendship and teamwork in the world of competitive cycling. As they continue to push the boundaries of their sport, one thing remains certain—Tobin and Keegan will always have each other's backs.

Take a look at Tobin & Keegan’s team, htSQD.