Race

Hope 1000

Hope 1000

A fantastic "holiday" !

Hope 1000 is a MTB event zigzagging through Switzerland, from Romanshorn to Montreux. It's 1000km long with 30km of vertical. It’s technically not a race, but it is an absolutely beautiful challenge.

I knew there would be plenty of hiking along the way, down as well as up since I was attempting in on a gravel bike rather than MTB.

However, what I didn't plan for was a totally unfixable failure of my Di2 GRX on day 2.

In bikepacking events, you’re supposed to be self-sufficient. Fix it yourself - although going to a bike shop or mechanic that anyone else can also get help from is generally permitted - but no special treatment.

I gave it my best shot - 3 hours at the roadside checking every connection, then finding a mechanic who (amazingly!) answered his phone on a Sunday night and ran the diagnostics. A new battery and cable seemed to fix it, but the next day the rear mech was dead again after 5 minutes.

I failed in two ways:
1. I couldn’t fix it (not surprising given it was a very elusive fault).
2. I chose to put electronic gears on my adventure bike, in the full knowledge that there’s a risk of something like this happening. I weighed that risk up against my preference for the ergonomics of electronic shifting, and I take full responsibility. I would perhaps still make the same choice.

But failure is just an opportunity to learn, right? So I’ll certainly consider mechanical shifting when I finally get a MTB!

My dot kept moving because (after 90km singlespeed at a maximum of 11kph when pedalling at 120RPM) I was able to pick up my old adventure bike from a friend who was borrowing it. That counts as outside assistance from personal supporters (different from random acts of kindness from strangers, which is the same for everyone) so I asked the Willi Felix the Hope 1000 organiser to DQ / denote me as “non-competitive”. It’s not fair play to use a home advantage.

Strangely, I wasn't upset about it. This event was about challenging myself, and enjoying the challenge. I didn’t want to “race” it, because that would stress me out. Plus, there were views to enjoy and coffees to drink and pizza to eat! I consider myself extremely lucky that I only had to ride 90km without shifting, and that I could get hold of the replacement bike at all. 

It was a beautiful, tough, challenging week and I learned a lot for (maybe) another attempt.

Thanks Willi Felix for this fantastic event!

Hope 1000 is a MTB event zigzagging through Switzerland, from Romanshorn to Montreux. 1000km longw with 30km of vertical. It’s not a race, but it is an absolutely beautiful challenge.

I expected plenty of hike-a-bike along the way...especially as I was attempting it on an adventure bike rather than a MTB. But I didn't expect a sudden and total failure of my electronic gear shifting.

In bikepacking events, you’re supposed to be self-sufficient. Fix it yourself - although going to a bike shop or mechanic that anyone else can also get help from is generally permitted - but no special treatment.

I gave it my best shot - 3 hours at the roadside checking every connection, then riding on (singlespeed) to find a mechanic who (amazingly!) answered his phone on a Sunday night and ran the diagnostics. The new new battery and cable seemed to fix it, but the next day after 5 minutes my rear mech was frozen again.

I failed in two ways:
1. I couldn’t fix it (not surprising given it was a very elusive fault).
2. I chose to put electronic gears on my adventure bike, in the full knowledge that there’s a risk of something like this happening. I weighed that risk up against my preference for the ergonomics of electronic shifting, and I take full responsibility. I would perhaps still make the same choice.

But failure is just an opportunity to learn, right? So I’ll certainly consider mechanical shifting when I finally get a MTB!

My dot kept moving because (after 90km singlespeed, maxing out at 11kph when pedalling at 120RPM!) I was able to pick up my old adventure bike from a friend who was borrowing it - the route went right past her house. In my opinion, that counts as outside assistance from personal supporters (different from random acts of kindness from strangers, which is the same for everyone) so I asked the Hope 1000 organiser to DQ / denote me as “non-competitive”. It’s not fair play to use a home advantage.

Strangely, I wasn't even upset about it! This event was about challenging myself, and enjoying the challenge. I didn’t want to “race” it, because that would stress me out. Plus, there were views to enjoy and coffees to drink and pizza to eat... I consider myself extremely lucky that I only had to ride 90km without shifting, and that I could get hold of the replacement bike.

I enjoyed the tough and beautiful week, and learned a lot for (maybe) another attempt.

Thanks Willi Felix for planning such a wonderful route!

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Distance 10.1km
Time 52:39
Pace 5.11/km

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Date 13/10/2019
Distance 100.6km
Time 6:24:05
Elevation 2,550m

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Distance 100.6km
Time 6:24:05
Elevation 2,550m
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