History of the Bet
This whole crazy saga began when venture capitalist Bill Perkins, known for his crazy prop bets challenged his friend and Instagram King Dan Bilzerian to attempt the 300 mile trek from the West Hollywood Hills to the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign. On a bicycle. The wager? 600 thousand American dollars each. The bet? The race had to be finished in 48 hours.
Bilzerian, who is always up for a challenge, and also known for wild bets (he once lost $2.3 million dollars on a damn coin toss) jumped at the opportunity to prove his buddy wrong. (What is life if you don’t risk it on a bet every once in awhile?)
Rules of the bet:
- Dan must complete the race in 48 hours or less.
- If Dan gets arrested, the bet is a wash.
- If Dan gets pulled over, time will be added to the clock.
- There can be no motor or assist added to the bike.
Bilzerian had only five weeks to prepare for an insane bet others had already turned down. (Perkins had previously challenged poker player Rick Salomon).
He then began to train for the toughest ride of his life (With a little help from some famous friends).