‘Gravel Is a Lifestyle’: This Rider Gave Up World Tour Riding

Riding is fun. Racing should be fun. But after the Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride, Pete Stetina had to make a change.

“There’s a new breed of professional athletes choosing to transition away from the status quo,” reads the Wahoo Fitness episode description. “They’re forging a new frontier in professional sport.”

In this episode, rider Pete Stetina talks about transitioning into gravel racing from the World Tour road racing scene. Stetina, who won the Belgian Waffle Ride in 2019, decided to make a switch soon after, to go back to his roots of why he rides.

He’s still motivated, still in shape, and still serious about winning races but is moving toward the gravel lifestyle.

“There’s a lot more to the bike than just exercise — it’s the exploration of freedom,” said Stetina. “With racing, it becomes standardized. I needed an outlet … something new.”

So what does that mean for this rider? It means racing with friends, riding through his hometown, and living life — on his bike — to the fullest.

This episode of “Wahoo Frontiers” was produced by Ansel Dickey, Nick Keating, and Matt Porter.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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