Stetina: This year I'll be racing through some guy’s living room and loving it

Peter Stetina tackles a gravel sector at the Low Gap round of the Grasshopper Adventure Series
Peter Stetina tackles a gravel sector at the Low Gap round of the Grasshopper Adventure Series (Image credit: Brian Tucker)

The last 12 months have been a huge challenge for everyone involved in cycling but none more so than individual riders who operate outside of the safety net provided by team infrastructures or national federations.

One such rider is Peter Stetina, who left the men’s WorldTour at the end of 2019 to forge ahead with a gravel campaign in the United States. He single-handedly signed personal sponsors, and for the first time in his life operated as a businessman and a pro athlete. The COVID-19 pandemic effectively cut short most of his plans in 2020, but the American is bouncing back this year, and even though there’s little certainty that a full race calendar will take place – especially with parts of the US under lockdown – the former Trek-Segafredo rider is preparing to combine races with some out-of-box thinking. 

“I’ve got a full calendar and I’ve got my sponsors lined up but taking two approaches with it all,” Stetina told Cyclingnews from his home in California.

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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.