Bilzerian and Perkins Agree $1.2M Cycling Prop BetFebruary 18, 2016 12:39 pm
There seems to be few things Dan Bilzerian and Bill Perkins enjoy more than putting their fellow peers to the test by offering them enticing, but challenging high stakes prop bets. At the beginning of this year, for instance, Antonio Esfandiari won $50,000 from Perkins after successfully lunging everywhere for 48 hours, although he later gave the money to charity after being disqualified for peeing into a bottle during the PCA Main Event because he felt too tired to make the journey to the men’s toilet.
Recently, Dan Bilzerian, 35, then offered Samantha Abernathy $10,000 to cycle from Los Angeles to Las Vegas within a 72 hour time period. While Abernathy appears to have passed up the opportunity, it would seem Dan Bilzerian is now preparing to take up a similar bet of his own, after Bill Perkins offered him a massive $1.2 million to accomplish the very same journey, albeit within a more limited 48-hour period. Following agreement of the prop bet, Bill Perkins tweeted:
“Just bet @DanBilzerian he can’t bike from his house to the past Vegas sign in 48 hrs he has until March 31st to start.”
For his part, Bilzerian posted the following message on his twitter account:
“La to Vegas on a bicycle 1.2 million on the line, haven’t sat on a bicycle in 18 years. 278 miles https://twitter.com/bp22/status/699871153922310144”
The journey between LA and Las Vegas is 320 miles, according to Google Maps, which is likely to prove a considerable challenge for Bilzerian who has not only suffered two heart attacks in the past, but also seems to be severely lacking in cycling practice.
Doing a bit of online research on similar journeys would also indicate Bilzerian has his work cut out for him, too. In 2011, for instance, UK cyclist and Lyme Racing Club member John Mollart, 41, completed a 328 mile journey within a 24 hour period, with just minutes to spare. Mollart had to maintain a steady speed of around 15 mph during his charity cycle, and as his wife commented upon completion:
“When John first said he wanted to do this I thought he was mad. But he’s been training really hard for nearly a year, going on lots of endurance races. I’m so proud of him.”