2019 DKXL Winner Jay Petervary shares his real-world experience with Shimano GRX Di2!

Jay Petervary is arguably one of the better known endurance cycling athletes of the past couple of years. He’s completed Italy Divide several times, rode away as winner of the 2018 Iditarod in a record setting time, and for 2019, had a huge win at the inaugural Silk Road in Kyrgyzstan. If you are unfamiliar with Jay, here’s a little background intel.

“I grew up on a bike. Doing everything from delivering newspapers, to going to friends houses, to building jumps and trails in the woods to play on. It was how I got to work in my high school years. I remember challenging myself all the time trying to get to a previous destination quicker than the time before. After college I discovered mountain biking through some motocross friends. At that point I quickly realized this was something I wanted to do a lot of, and I did. I found a real hobby, passion, that I still get the same feelings from I got on day one.” – Jay Petervary

His most recent accomplishment is first and fastest at the 2019 DKXL in Emporia, Kansas – that’s the Dirty Kanza, Extra Large. Or, about 350 miles of grueling gravel roads instead of the already-tough 200 of the standard DK200. Jay came across the line first riding the Di2 variant of Shimano’s new gravel-specific groupset, GRX.

In this video, Jay gives us his impressions of the new groupset.


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Jay Petervary

Cover Photo by Linda Guerrette Photography – https://www.lindaguerrettephotography.com/

Article first appeared on Gravel Cyclist. Jayson O’Mahoney is the Gravel Cyclist: A website about the Gravel Cycling Experience.


  1. Haven’t seen that bold of a soul patch/goatee since accidentally walking into a grunge bar circa mid 90’s

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