Just to recap, our friend and Instagram King Dan Bilzerian, has accepted the challenge to ride, on a bicycle, from his house in the West Hollywood hills to Las Vegas. A 273 mile journey! And he has to do it in 48 hours.
(It was all good just a few weeks ago…)
For the past month, Dan has been training non-stop to prepare his body — and mind — for the 48 hour bet.
Every day, Dan rides in the Red Rock Canyons for 4 1/2 hours to prepare himself.
(And occasionally by the pool)
After weeks of arduous training by himself, Dan received a message that would add an interesting wrinkle to the 48 hour bet. Someone wanted to join him for a day and offer a little advice. That someone? Racing legend Lance Armstrong.
Lance Armstrong not only flew to Dan’s house in Las Vegas, but personally went out for a training ride with him.
(Of course, no one can resist shooting off a few rounds when visiting Dan. Not even Lance Armstrong).
Before he left, Armstrong also offered up some advice to Dan about drafting behind vehicles on the highway and knowing when to maneuver. In exchange for Armstrong’s counsel, Dan promised to donate $25,000 to a children’s cancer charity, win or lose.
But advice and focus are not the only things Dan needs in order to finish the 48 hour bet. He also needed gear…and lots of it.
Overall, Dan has spent over $125,000 on various equipment to be fully prepared for the 300 mile ride. That includes a fleet of all kinds of bikes (Yes, even recumbent bikes. You don’t win $ for style), vans, and a support staff that consists of a coach, riding partners, doctor, nutritionists, chefs, stunt drivers, vehicle modification experts, bike techs, masseuses, and an executive PA.
Clearly, Dan wasn’t going to leave any stone unturned to win the 48 hour bet.