Mountain bike ride from Canada to Mexico will cap Petervary’s yearlong 7,000-mile Tour
Jackson Hole, Wyo. (Aug. 26, 2011) - Three rides. Three bikes. 7,000 miles. That’s the simple essence of endurance cyclist Jay Petervary’s 2011 No Idle Tour.
Today Petervary will pedal the final leg of his No Idle Tour from Canada to Mexico along the Great Divide route covering 2,745 miles on singletrack and dirt roads. Departing from Banff, Alberta, Canada, Petervary’s solo, self-supported journey will take him south to the end of the route in Antelope Flats, N.M. – at the US/Mexico boarder.
“To wrap up the No Idle Tour like this is just perfect,” said Petervary. “My previous two rides this year have been both challenging and rewarding and I know the Great Divide will provide some of the same. Although this is the final leg of the Tour, my work this year is really just the beginning of trying to bring awareness to this important issue.”
Petervary is no stranger to the Great Divide route. In 2009 he and wife Tracey finished the route on a tandem bicycle in 18 days, 13 hours. In 2007, Petervary set the route record in just over 15 days. This year, Petervary will be riding a fully rigid Orbea Alma 29er carbon mountain bike with Slime tubes. Carrying everything he needs – from sleeping gear to GPS unit to a bike repair kit – Petervary’s bike weighs about 30 pounds. You can follow Petervary’s progress at www.trackleaders.com.
The two other legs of Petervary’s No Idle Tour included setting a record on the 1,000-mile Iditarod trail while riding his snow bike from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska in March. In June, Petervary followed the Race Across America (RAAM) route and completed it self-supported in less than 13 days – while setting a new record.
After completing the Great Divide route in Sept., Petervary will travel to the bicycle industry trade show Interbike in Las Vegas, Nev. All three of Petervary’s No Idle Tour bicycles will be on display at the Slime booth for viewing.
About the No Idle Tour:
Victor, Idaho-resident Jay Petervary’s No Idle Tour is about riding your bike, driving less and not idling. In the U.S. alone, idling vehicles waste nearly 3.8 million gallons of gasoline each day while emitting 40,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. All funds raised through the No Idle Tour will support the Willie Neal Environmental Awareness Fund who’s mission is to: “promote responsible choices through education, community involvement, and environmental initiatives.” Neal, who was a standout Nordic ski racing star in Jackson Hole, Wyo., died tragically in June 2009 when he was struck by a car while training in Maine.
The No Idle Tour would not be possible with out the support of the Willie Neal Environmental Awareness fund and Orthopedic Associates of Jackson Hole.
Source: Brandon Campisi