ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Not long after Keegan Swirbul wrapped up what was arguably the best performance of his professional career, taking seventh in the general classification at the 2018 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in August, he had a bombshell dropped on him.
His team of the past two seasons, Jelly Belly-Maxxis, wasn’t going to exist in 2019. And a cyclist without a team is more or less a cyclist without a job.
“That night after the race was over they broke the news to us that the team wasn’t going to be around. There were all sorts of other teams folding at that same time,” Swirbul said from his Basalt home. “I was pretty nervous, but I was lucky that I had my breakthrough result at that time to help me get on the radar of teams. But definitely scary.”
The Jelly Belly Candy Company had sponsored its U.S. Continental