Colo - do you use full finger gloves when cross racing? Was it at all challenging to hit the correct lever (or to not hit both at once) when shifting with the gloves?
Yes- I have tried thin leather, thick padded and neoprene long fingered gloves for cx training and racing. When first using long gloves or thick gloves, I had trouble with the slimmer, longer, lever for easier gears on the right.
Then, I learned where
on the paddle to shift and its a non-issue now even with thick gloves.
It was a pain to clean the mud out of
those little bumps though.
Bikey- we are all so used to pre-shifting (before a climb, before a corner etc). Pre-shifting may not be the most efficient. Di2 really changes the way I ride. I can pedal in the optimal gear longer = faster, knowing I can shift in the middle of
the hill/obstacle to a different gear if needed. I come in with the right gear, shift if needed while pedaling under power and can easily change to the optimal gear after the corner/hill/obstacle. This benefit is most noticeable in the ever changing terrain and intensity in CX racing. Doing multiple laps ont he same course helps too since you remember what gears worked for you at a certain point on the course.