Petervary Wins Alaska’s 350-Mile Iditarod Trail Invitational: Sets Course Record On Salsa Beargrease

Salsa-sponsored rider Jay Petervary took the top spot on the podium at the 2013 Iditarod Trail Invitational race in Alaska, setting a course record in the process. Petervary, a Mountain Bike Action “Rider Who Inspires” finished the 350-mile self-supported race in two days, 19 hours, and 16 minutes, taking 10 hours off the previous record.

“The race definitely came down to sleep deprivation, which is something I’m both very familiar and comfortable with,” said Jay. “I have dealt with the sleep monster so much and actually enjoy seeing where it will take me. Of course, there is always the safety balance to contend with as well.”

Jay rode a Salsa Beargrease in the event, Salsa’s fat bike racing model. “The Beargrease was simply amazing,” said Petervary. “It’s very stable and doesn’t need constant steering correction. I love that about the bike. It feels like my summer race bikes.”

A six-time veteran of the ITI, Petervary raced with the lightest load he ever carried in the event. “The bike was 46 pounds loaded, including a Thermos of water and my edible calories,” he said.

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