So long, Tour de France. Goodbye, WorldTour. Hello, wide-open dirt roads. Pete Stetina raced professionally for ten years for Garmin, BMC and Trek-Segafredo. Now, he races for himself on gravel.
Beer-can shims, peanut-butter mud, and mud-puddle bike washes. Racing in Oklahoma was wild.
I'm headed to The Mid South, hoping to get the line first for the famous Bobby Wintle hug. Oh, and here are my coronavirus-avoidance tips as a long-time bike racer...
Inside the DIY life of gravel pro and WorldTour refugee Pete Stetina.
We discuss Peter Stetina's decision to race gravel instead of WorldTour road; plus, writer Patrick Redford talks about covering cycling for Deadspin.
The boom in gravel racing makes it a strong alternative to a career in the WorldTour thanks to increased sponsor interest and rapid expansion in events.
WorldTour pro Peter Stetina will walk away from WorldTour road racing to launch a career in gravel racing and ultra-endurance mountain biking. "This is not a retirement," Stetina says.