Swiss endurance rider Urs Pedraita is planning to do something only a handful of people in history have ever done. Then again, circumnavigating all seven continents in less than 100 days isn’t really in anybody’s immediate plans.
That’s what Pedraita plans to do and appropriately enough, he plans to do it on a Victory Cross Country, the very same bagger that Victory Motorcycles launched back in 2010, presumably not knowing that there would come a time when the name of the bike would take an entirely new meaning of its own.
Pedraita, who is commonly referred to as “Grisu Grizzly”, is looking to beat the current world record of 120 days and two hours. He’s currently in the middle of what I can only imagine to be a hellacious training run through Russia, continuing on to Odessa, Kiev, Vienna, and back to Zurich where his training run began.
The objective of the record-breaking attempt is to complete the 62,137-mile trip in under 100 days. Not to sound like a cynic here, but that sounds like an immensely tall order, even for someone who is supposedly as well-trained as Pedraita. Then again, I’m not the one pursuing the record so all I can really do is root for the guy to accomplish it.
Pedraita is getting a little help as his Victory Cross Country has been modified to a certain degree to handle the requirements of this incredible record-breaking attempt. It’s got a larger 33-liter fuel tank, a customized seat with its own back support (can’t forget that!), and aftermarket LED lights that can provide better visibility at night. Something tells me that if he ever makes it to Antarctica, he’s going to need those lights.
The record attempt is scheduled to begin in February 2016 and will start and end in Zurich. If he somehow manages to beat the record, we should expect to see him back in Switzerland sometime around May 2016.
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Why it matters
You can’t even make me run a cross-town errand without me putting up some kind of resistance so yeah, Urs Pedraita is my hero. Ok, that may be going a little too far, but I still find it hard to believe that anybody would subject themselves to this kind of ordeal for the sake of setting a new world record.
I’ll be honest. What he’s planning to do is pretty incredible. It’s also a little insane, but incredible nevertheless.
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time Pedraita has embarked on a long-distance run. Back in 2013, he spent 37 days going on a 9,000-mile round trip from Bern to Vladivostok and back to Bern. Oh, and he did that during the winter season in Russia just because he wanted to. He even commented that the cold wasn’t his main concern during the trip, but the wolves that apparently kept following him while he was on the road. Well, that’s new.
As if that wasn’t enough, Pedraita made an attempt on the world circumnavigation record held by Kevin and Julia Sanders, riding with a buddy of his until said buddy ended up in a hospital. Pedraita did continue the trip, breaking the record by three days when he covered 15,375 miles in 16 days, 12 hours, and 19 minutes.
So yeah, 62,000-plus miles in less than 100 days is totally attainable.
And as a sign of support, I’m going to keep a close eye on his training sessions from here until the start of his journey in February 2016. I’ll be rooting for him, that’s for sure.