‘Food and Water Are Overrated!’ 21 Questions With Jay Petervary

When, where, and why was Jay Petervary literally running for his life? And how often does he cry at movies? Find out everything you’ve wanted to know about the endurance bike racing phenom in GearJunkie’s 21 Questions.

Jay Petervary, “JayP” in cycling circles, has been an outspoken and elite performer in ultraendurance bikepacking for years. And he’s not one to mince words, so it’s no secret he ruffles his share of feathers. But he typically finds himself first across the finish line, so he continues to command the respect of his peers, and has for the last 25 years.

We sat down with JayP to learn how this whole bikepacking sport get started. And we also heard tales from Petervary’s time at the Iditarod Trail Invitational in Alaska and the time he broke his collarbone at Interbike. Plus, he shared some of his favorite pastimes, meals, and gear — and what makes him happy both on and off the bike.

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'Bro, Turn That $#%& Off!' 21 Questions With Semi-Rad's Brendan Leonard

Which president would Brendan Leonard most like to slap? And what has become his latest personal obsession (hint: it has nothing to do with the outdoors)? Here's everything you've wondered about the 'Semi-Rad' author, and more, in our 21 Questions. Read more…

Mary Murphy

Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, CO office. She has a degree in English and Journalism, and been writing professionally for over five years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.