Pro motorcyclist riding his bicycle 1,200 miles to Daytona


“I’m heading to Daytona.”

Those were the words of Yamalube/Westby Racing rider Dane Westby on Thursday morning, March 5, just before beginning his trip to Daytona International Speedway. To race in the 200?

“No, I won’t be racing,” Westby said in a Yamaha press release. “I’m going there as a spectator, and to watch my girlfriend [and ADR Motorsports rider] Patricia Fernandez compete in the 200. I’m getting on my bike now.”

Last year, Westby and Fernandez rode a motorcycle from Oklahoma all the way to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, where he competed aboard his Yamalube/Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class at Road America, so he set a precedent for taking two-wheeled road trips prior to race weekends.

But, this trip to Daytona is a little different since Westby is making the trip solo; rather than riding a motorcycle to Daytona, Westby set off aboard his bicycle. His plan is to make the 1,200-mile trip in just nine days by pedaling at least 135 miles each day. “I’m traveling light. I’ll pedal by day and stay in hotels by night. It’s going to be fun.”

Westby is recording his trip on Strava and you can follow his progress on Twitter. At the time of this post he is almost there.

Yamalube/Westby Racing will compete in the 2015 MotoAmerica Series beginning at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, on April 10, 11, and 12. Westby will compete aboard his #00 Yamaha YZR-R1 in 1000 Superstock and with additional sponsorship by Broaster Chicken. Here’s what his day job looks like:

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