Pete Stetina Uses Marginal Gains to Set a White Rim FKT

Pete Stetina Uses Marginal Gains to Set a White Rim FKT

2020 has been a rough year for traditional racing, but has brought a surge in interest in Everests and Fastest Known Time (FKT) efforts on well-known courses. And for these solo, pride-of-place FKT attempts, Marginal Gains matter. In this episode, WorldTour-Pro-Roadie-Turned-Gravel-Privateer Pete Stetina nerds out with Josh, Fatty, & Hottie about his preparation for — and execution of — an FKT around the choppy, sandy, rocky, windy White Rim: a perfect MTB century loop in Canyonlands, Utah.

Enjoy this episode, and be sure to catch the video of Pete's attempt at https://youtu.be/WeFkg9nwDE8

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7 comments


  • Furniture Blog

    I was referred here by a friend and im sure glad i came over to visit. ill be sure to thank him later on the next time i see him. exactly how often do you update your blog?


  • Mateusz

    Hi guys!

    In the beginning, I have to say, I truly love your podcast. So many useful information based on true science and experience, I can’t praise you enough!

    As for Ask Josh anything… I tried to send an email, but it’s not working. I’ll post it here.

    I’ve been wondering about disc rotors in road bikes.

    I’m sure you’ve seen so many pro’s went with XTR rotors in TDF, which allow them to save whopping 17g on a 160/140m set. I’m not sure this can be even counted as a „marginal” gain, when thinking of 70-80kg whole bike+rider system. They ditch the aero gains of dura ace rotors with that switch. I’ve been wondering whether they are doing the right thing, or maybe more aero rotors don’t actually matter that much because of their small size? There are also some other rotors in the market, like Galfer road rotors, which save around 40g on a set compared to Dura Ace. It doesn’t seem like much, yet it makes more sense as it saves around 20% of the part. So would you trump the aero gains for such weight gains lets say for a mountain stage? I’m curious to hear your thoughts!

    Thanks a lot!

    Mateusz


  • Rob Bell

    Great episode, as always.

    I have a follow up question for a future Ask Josh Anything episode. It looks like Pete has a dual remote lockout on his Lux. On a route like Pete just crushed, under what conditions should a rider leave their suspension locked out and when should they open it up? In what conditions will a locked out suspension system descend faster than one that’s full open? Will locked suspension always lead to climbing faster?


  • Rob Bell

    Great episode, as always.

    I have a follow up question for a future Ask Josh Anything episode. It looks like Pete has a dual remote lockout on his Lux. On a route like Pete just crushed, under what conditions should a rider leave their suspension locked out and when should they open it up? In what conditions will a locked out suspension system descend faster than one that’s full open? Will locked suspension always lead to climbing faster?


  • CASE HULTMAN

    Pete used the Squirt lube while riding but in the instructions for Squirt it says it is best to let it sit overnight and let all the water evaporate. So isn’t he just putting a bunch of watery wax on the chain? I would think another option might be better… and I’m sure YOU know better than me.


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