The delicate dance of discomfort: Finding balance between recovery and competition

At the Belgian Waffle Ride, Peter Stetina rode with a broken wrist; Amber Neben could still feel where her pelvis fractured just months ago.

Peter Stetina competes at the 2022 Belgian Waffle Ride
(Image credit: Freddie Jimenez // Canyon Bicycles)

Three weeks ago, Peter Stetina broke his wrist after crashing just minutes into a 50-mile mountain bike race. He finished the event — the first race in the LifeTime GrandPrix— but knew something was wrong.

"It wasn't the smartest move," the former WorldTour pro said. "But I thought if it was just sprained, I could still ride. It was a trial by fire. It didn't worsen, so I figure it was pretty stable even though it turned out to be a decent fracture."

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Clara Beard

A former pro, Clara Beard has been rooted in the cycling scene for more than 20 years. After working as a newspaper reporter for several years, her love of the sport prompted a full-time return as a journalist in 2011. Since then, Clara has reported on more bike races than she can count, both domestic and international.