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From Flagstaff, Swole lives in Mesa Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. In 1877 Mormon pioneers started a settlement where modern-day Mesa is now located. Lynn Toler, judge for the TV show Divorce Court is also from Mesa, AZ. Dan is learning to speak French.

Fun Facts with Swole



Favorite Food:


Favorite Color:

Dark Blue.

Favorite Band/Song:

The Arctic Monkeys. (Klaus: the Daily Star printed rumors about the band signing a record deal with EMI, prompting the band to call the newspaper the Daily Stir on their website.)

Favorite Movie/Video Game:


Pre-Race Rituals/Superstitions:

A short prayer on the start line.

If you weren't a cyclist, what would you be?

A college student or in the Navy flying F-14 Tomcats.

What do you do when you're bored?



Three amazing sisters (Sarah 24, Morgan 14, Lauren 11).

Let's say you sign a Pro Tour contract. What's your first financial splurge?

A crotch rocket. Think Maverick racing the jet in Top Gun.

Guilty pleasure:

NY-style cheesecake.



Prized Posession:


If you we're a superhero, what would your power be?


Celebrity Crush:

Dianna Agron. (Klaus: On July 23, 2012, Dianna was demoted to a guest-star role, having previously a cast member, on Glee.)

Celebrity Role Model(s):


Worst Fears:

Going a day without coffee. If a race goes long I need to take caffeinated gels. I’m a fiend.

Bad Habits:


Favorite Quote:

“Negative Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.”



What's your favorite smoothie!!!???


Weirdest Dream:


Hidden Talents:

Still hiding.

What do you want to ask Axel's dad, but are too afraid to ask?


Throughout the 2015 USA Pro Challenge, Manual for Speed will be following the Axeon Cycling junior development team because we think cycling development is critically important and woefully under appreciated, especially in the United States. In order to help you familiarize yourself with these young bucks, we spent some time with the guys before the race asking questions and taking photos in their finely appointed Steamboat Springs condos.

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