Born and raised in the American cycling mecca of Boulder, Colorado as the son of a former US National Champion and member of the ’76 and ’80 U.S. Olympic team, Peter Stetina came upon the sport organically.
Pete’s rise to the top echelons of cycling came through the Garmin-Slipstream system, beginning with its early beginnings in 2003 as a junior development squad, through its transformation to UCI ProTeam, until culminating in 2013 with Garmin-Sharp. Pete then joined BMC Racing for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, continuing his super-domestique role in helping his team leaders secure overall victories.
A climber like his father Dale, Pete excels best when the road tilts upward; he finished 22nd in his first Grand Tour start, the Giro d'Italia (2011), and came back a year later as a critical support in Ryder Hesjedal’s stunning victory.
Pete's climbing prowess naturally transformed him into a premier support role in the highest mountains, something he cherishes, and he will be called upon again to ride in support of Bauke Mollema and now Alberto Contador.
His 2015 season was halted abruptly with a horrific crash in stage one of the Vuelta al País Vasco (Tour of the Basque Country) in early April. After months of rehabilitation, he returned at the Tour of Utah with only three weeks training – he suffered immensely, but the sensation of being back in the peloton was worth it.
It was a long, hard road back and the first part of the 2016 season was a struggle for Pete as he worked hard to regain his form of old. It wasn't until the Tour of California – in hindsight a make or break moment – that he certified he had overcome the injury. Pete almost won the queen stage, only caught in the final meters. It would have been heartbreaking for most, but for Pete, it felt like a win. He was finally back.
Pete lives with his wife, a civil engineer, and two dogs in Santa Rosa, California, and commutes to Girona a few times a year for work.