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.
“One is that the vaccine works and there are no travel restrictions. That’s my perfect world scenario and in that case, it’s almost a recreation of my 2020 plan before all the shit hit the fan."
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"The alternative is a plan also ready to go if things happen like they did last year. In all reality, […]