With the quickly approaching Wausau 12 hour solo wausau24.com/ on July 29th, Jeff Abitz needed to start ramping up his woods miles.
After six hours of hot, thick air and varied single track terrain, he finished 3rd of 13 in the Men's Mid Solo category.
See short commentary and lesson below, if interested.
Full Results: www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=319573
In Jeff's words "See highlighted green where I caught the leader.
See highlighted yellow were a slow speed tip over moved my shift controller enough, preventing downshifting
(lever was bumping the brake lever). Like the hot, tired, dehydrated fool I was, I thought somehow my derailleur Bluetooth "disconnected". After minutes of finally finding the reset procedure on the WWW, my attempt to restore shifting was unsuccessful. So I single speeded (highest gear) a few minutes, which was almost impossible, when DUH! All I need to to do was rotate the shifter! Shifting restored, I rode as fast as I could but it wasn't enough.
Lesson learned: When faced with peril, think calmly and rationally. I usually do but that day I did not.