n a typical year, Victor, Idaho-based Jay Petervary, or JayP as he’s known, will pedal over 10,000 miles of snow-packed roads and trail, singletrack, and dirt roads. Of those miles, 6,000 of them come from racing in such formidable sufferfests as the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail in Alaska (which he won in a sprint finish last February), the 750-mile Arizona Trail race (first place, last April) and the 2,800-mile Tour Divide from Canada to Mexico (broke the speed record for that route last fall)…
Obviously, what JayP carries depends on the particulars of a race, but the following essential gear almost always makes the cut.
Over the years, JayP has acquired an arsenal of custom-fitted frame bags for a variety of frame types and needs, but his tried-and-true approach to packing his bike remains nearly constant. “You want your heavy stuff in the frame pack, where it’s down low. So that can be a full water bladder, tools and spare parts. Clothes go in my rear seat bag. My sleep system: sleeping bag, pad, get strapped on my handlebars. I’ll put my food in a top-tube bag where it’s easy to reach.” And then there’s the pack on his back. On overnight trips, he shoulders the Escapist 25, counting on its easy-to-reach compression straps to keep his gear tight as the internal water bladder empties out during his ride. “I usually run water bottles on my frame for longer rides, but when I do ride with a hydration pack, I like Ospreys,” he says. “I love their bladder system and bite valve, and the way they fit.”