Jay Petervary wins 2013 Iditarod Trail Invitational

Sets new course record for the 350-mile fat bike race

Jay Petervary took home the top honors at this year’s Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) race in Alaska. The Salsa Cycles-sponsored racer finished the 350-mile, self-supported race in two days, 19 hours and 16 minutes, knocking 10 hours off the previous record.

Petervary’s weapon of choice was the Beargrease, a lightweight aluminum fat bike specifically designed for fat bike races, introduced by Salsa in late 2012.

Petervary is a six-time veteran of the ITI. Smart packing and a light bike allowed him to carry a lighter load than in previous years. “The bike was 46 pounds loaded, including a thermos of water and my edible calories,” he said.

The Beargrease was also ridden to victory at this year's Arrowhead 135 fat bike race

Races such has these often come down to who is willing to suffer the most. “The race definitely came down to sleep deprivation, which is something I’m both very familiar and comfortable with,” Petervary said. “I have dealt with the sleep monster so much and actually enjoy seeing where it will take me.”

Petervay is no stranger to ultra endurance events. He also holds the record for the Tour Divide race, a self-supported race that follows the Continental Divide from Banff, Alberta, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Jay Petervary set the world record last year, finishing the 2,700-mile race in 15 days, 16 hours and 14 minutes.

Josh Patterson

Tech Editor, US
Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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