withdrew around 2 AM when his light failed out at Croom. He was only 8 miles from the end too.Not sure why he withdrew...he knows that place pretty well, and wouldn't be concerned with dealing with the elements while walking out. Odd. He was clearly the superior rider...I've ridden with him and the lead he built up was no surprise at all. He probably did it on his single-speed as well. Again...odd he would drop out that close to the finish. Too bad.
His lead was substantial at that point. At least 5 hours over everyone else.
Here is what Brett wrote on FaceBook concerning his decision to bail:
"What can I say but "I bailed". It was a loooonng day. After brutal heat all day with a fully loaded pack on a borrowed bike, I accomplished what I set out to do. I got lost around the entrance to Haltapani and narrowly missed being attacked by a couple of vicious sounding dogs. Later got lost again in Haltapani and hiked through some dry swamp land... to find the trail again. The witlacoochee was an excercise in staying awake on the bike, I literally was falling asleep while still riding. I hit nobleton road at about 1:20 in the morning and was set to do the last 6 miles of singletrack but my light blinked out just as I was entering. Officially my GPS shows 162 miles 17hrs 53mins. (Not sure why the race tracker shows 20+ Hrs). Six miles short of Tucker Hill. Happy with my effort and unconcerned about results I joyfully called for a ride, got a hot shower, a pepsi, and some pizza, followed by a nap. Thanks Karlos for putting this on. (Note The heat and the sun was BRUTAL, Sand is not fun to ride in, Santos to 200 was the most fun, and my butt hurts.)"