Stetina embraces van life as he ventures to Gorge Gravel Grinder

(Image credit: Peter Stetina)

With spring firmly here and COVID-19 restrictions starting to lift in certain states in the US riders are able to plan their gravel calendars with a little more certainty and for Peter Stetina that means a week-long adventure in Portland that will culminate in Sunday’s Gorge Gravel Grinder, followed by a heap of gravel riding with friend and ex-teammate Jacob Rathe.

Based in California, Stetina will load up his van this Friday before embarking on a near ten-hour drive to Portland before scouting out Sunday’s race route. There are three events on offer with a 52.2-miler, a 67.2-miler, and the full 93-mile event that Stetina will headline. This will be one of his first races of the year after his original calendar was knocked off course due to the pandemic.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.