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Swiss Endurance Biker “Grizzly” Sets Out on New Record Attempt from Daytona Bike Week

Rider Magazine StaffMarch 17, 2016
Swiss rider Grizzly has already set previous endurance records, including a 9,000-mile trip in 37 days - in the winter!

Swiss rider Grizzly has already set previous endurance records, including a 9,000-mile trip in 37 days – in the winter!

Swiss rider “Grizzly” (aka Urs Pedraita) has embarked on his latest Guinness World Record Attempt: to ride a Victory Cross Country around the world through all six continents in under 100 days (the record currently stands at 120 days). To launch his trip with suitable fanfare, Grizzly opted to set out from the 75th Annual Daytona Bike Week, beginning with a lap around the famous Daytona road racing course, at 1:00pm on March 11.

Over the past year Grizzly has put himself through challenging acclimatization rides in sub-zero temperatures and he says he is now ready to flex some ‘Modern American Muscle’ on board his Victory Cross Country. While this big bagger might be more used to cruising on paved highways, Grizzly shows that this kind of bike can be ridden everywhere – even on ice, snow, sand, mud and gravel.

Additional items on his Cross Country include navigation systems, a 33-liter (8.7-gallon) fuel tank, a customized seat with back support and two additional LED auxiliary lights for better visibility during his long night rides.

This won’t be Grizzly’s first big ride on a Cross Country – in 2013, he completed a 9,000-mile trip in just 37 days – during the winter.

Fans can follow his progress using the Grizzly Tracker app which shows where Grizzly is at any time during the attempt. The web page for this is at http://www.grizzlyraceteam.ch/?page_id=1540.

The 100-day mark puts the finish date as Friday, May 20, 2016, and he’ll need to complete his journey by then to achieve his goal and the World Record.

With his boundless energy, ability to survive on very little sleep and the ultra-reliable Victory Cross Country, we can count on Grizzly to add this attempt to his growing list of world distance riding records.

Grizzly will be riding a Victory Cross Country, albeit somewhat modified.

Grizzly will be riding a Victory Cross Country, albeit somewhat modified.

2 comments

  1. Met him and the team in Daytona. He’s a determined man and the team is great. I’m a Cross Country owner so I’m a little bias but it speaks well to the Victory’s reliability and endurance. Plus us Victory owners had the honor of riding with him on the start of this journey. Way cool. Good luck Grizzly and safe trip.

  2. Oh one other thing the bike you have pictured is the bike from the previous record trip. The new bike is a little more custom. It looks like a Victory Scrambler. Nice.

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