The finale to a season full of challenges on and off the bike ended with everyone together at a brewery that felt like "a big house party, with friends left, right, center"
Nothing disappointed about the super challenging and super inviting legendary gravel race.
It’s been a challenging period, ever since the start of the gravel season when Stetina fractured a wrist in a crash during Sea Otter in April.
After two years of false starts, Stetina's Paydirt debuted on Saturday, May 21 under perfectly sunny skies.
Some 1,500 of us came together in Hico, Texas for a community event that was shaped by tragedy.
Why I decided to race, how I prepared for the 137-mile gravel race, and how it went.
I invested a lot of time and effort into improving my MTB skills. And then, alas, I went down just minutes into the first Grand Prix race.
Eight days, 91,000 feet of climbing, and 650 miles of gravel in what is basically a credit-card bikepacking race. Ooph!
I’d heard tall tales of the Rock Cobbler for years. It did not disappoint.
My sponsors have been announced, projects are in planning, and the race calendar is set. Now the uphill slog to fitness begins.
60 riders were selected to race for $250,000. How is this going to shake out?
I struggled sometimes with the travel and social media, but 2021 was the best year of my career.
I couldn't win on the climb — uh-oh! — but I was able to find a way in the technical singletrack.
Singletrack, gravel roads, an uphill gravel TT (oh yeah!), hot springs, and an inclusive atmosphere? I was all in on Rebecca's Private Idaho.
I’m not sure if inaugural LeadBoat title is the badass or dumbass award, but I am very proud of the title and of each one of the 100 or so other racers who did it with me.
My view of exactly how this hard event played out, from the pre-race pressure until the post-race beers.
The Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder was such a great event, for so many reasons.
Cramping eyelids, brutal headwinds, unforgiving rocks, and racing with honor. Unbound Gravel delivered!
The stoke is growing. While connecting online has been great, many of us are looking forward to coming together in person for the Super Bowl of gravel in Emporia.
And some new projects in my ever-changing world of gravel privateer.
An unlikely story of turning gravel pro during a pandemic — and believing in oneself to make that dream happen.
Words of wisdom from Shimano's Nick Legan, and race context from me.
Happy Holidays, and here's to a bright and gravelicious 2021.
I'd be lying if I said everything was better in gravel. But here's how my new reality was on the whole.
I look back at the hours, TSS, race days, and total kilometers of my 2020 and 2019 seasons.
My Belgian Waffle Ride finish wasn't what I was hoping for, but I was happy to have raced hard and honorably like so many others there.
As someone who has raced road worlds and now races gravel, I believe there should be a gravel worlds. Here's why and here's how it could happen.
With help from Levi Leipheimer, TAMBA, and good planning, I set an FKT on the 60-mile Rose to Toads.
I dove deep down the rabbit hole of van conversion research, and let me tell you, it’s a slippery slope.
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.