John Lackey covered 350 miles by fat bike faster than any man or dog ever has.
John Lackey covered 350 miles by fat bike faster than any man or dog ever has. (Iditarod Trail Invitational/Facebook)

Fat Bike Cyclist Smashes Iditarod Record

350-mile race winds through Alaska Range

John Lackey covered 350 miles by fat bike faster than any man or dog ever has.
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Thirty-six-year-old Anchorage cyclist John Lackey, riding a fat bike, blew through the 2015 Iditarod Trail Invitational human-powered ultra-distance race that began Sunday, breaking two records, reports the Alaska Dispatch News.

The 350-mile race winds through the Alaska Range, from the Cook Inlet to the community of McGrath in the Interior, along the same trail the Iditarod follows. Lackey finished Tuesday in 1 day, 18 hours, 32 minutes, obliterating the previous record by 10 hours and the best finish by Iditarod dogs by eight hours.

“I thought it was going to be a fast year,” Lackey told the Alaska Dispatch News. “But I didn’t think it was going to be that fast.”

A few are attributing the record to lack of snow, which has been a problem for the Iditarod in recent years. The trail this year was mostly brown and only peppered with snow. “How long does it take to ride a 300-mile sidewalk?” said five-time invitational winner Peter Basinger, who didn’t race due to an injury, to Alaska Dispatch News.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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Lead Photo: Iditarod Trail Invitational/Facebook
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