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Podcast: Pete Stetina on the highs and lows of racing gravel

15 wins. 25,000 miles in the van. One tired but happy bike racer. Stetina reviews his year.

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Pete Stetina left the world of pro racing to go gravel, opting for the freedom of a solitary project over the support and constraints of a WorldTour team. Then Covid hit and Stetina, like people the world over, had to adjust. This season was his first full year of racing gravel. On this podcast, he reflects on the highlights and lowlights of traveling the United States by van, engaging with the cycling world on social media, and how having one mid-race beer proved more popular than winning a big race.

Stetina won 15 gravel races in 2021, with 10 one-day or overall wins and 5 stage victories. His season ran from Shasta Gravel on March 6 to Big Sugar on October 23. The 25,000 miles took a toll on his van and his energy. But after some time off, he’s raring to go again.

Before we talk to Stetina, we check in with Jim Cotton in England, who gets us up to speed with World Cup cyclocross racing.

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