An endurance cyclist from Idaho has become the first person to ever complete the prestigious Race Across America as a completely self-supported solo racer. Jay Petervary cycled 3,000 miles, including 170,000 feet of climbing, while carrying all of his own gear, and he finished the race in just under 13 days.
The Race Across America (RAAM) has become one of the longest running, and most respected, endurance races in the world, with the route this year going from Oceanside, CA, to Annapolis, MD. RAAM includes both team and solo entries, but even the solo entries have support crews to handle all of the logistics of the ride, such as food and water, navigation, changes of clothing, medical attention, and bike repairs.
But having a support crew clashed with the reason that Petervary is cycling such a massive amount of miles. RAAM was just one of the legs of Petervary's No Idle Tour, a 7,000 mile solo tour which began with his first place (and record-breaking) finish in the Iditarod Invitational on March 16th. That race is an 1100 mile snow bike race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, along the Iditarod Great Sled Race's south route. And now, after completing the RAAM, he's off to conquer the Great Divide Race, a 2,745 mile course along the Continental Divide Trail, from Canada to Mexico.
Why is Petervary doing the No Idle Tour?
"The No Idle Tour is about more than just riding my bike and driving less; In cooperation and support of the
You can tune in to Petervary and the Tour on Facebook, Twitter, or the No Idle Tour site.
[Update: According to a message I received from Rick Boethling, executive director for Race Across America: "Jay in no way participated in RAAM. RAAM is a trademarked event and is highly respected among the cycling community. Solo racers qualify and over come big logistical hurdles to participate, including assembling the mandatory support crew, not to mention the entry fees and other affiliated costs. Jay rode his bike across the country, possibly using our route but we are not sure about that. Lots of people ride their bikes unsupported across the US. So, to say that Jay completed RAAM unsupported is factually incorrect. I am not even sure that Jay has done it in the fastest time."]