Win a Chamois Butt’r Swag Bag and CrossVegas VIP Ticket by Entering Our Contest: Results and Week 5 Question

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CLIF® Bar CrossVegas, Chamois Butt’r and Cyclocross Magazine have teamed up to give you 10 chances to win a CrossVegas and Chamois Butt’r swag bag, and a chance at our grand prize. In the next 10 weeks, we’ll have weekly contests for the prize packs, and at the end of the 10 weeks, one of our winners will be selected at random for the grand prize, so make sure you enter every week for a chance to win big!

Your fifth challenge: What course feature would you love to see added to the CrossVegas course? (Can be serious or hilarious!)

Last week, you were tasked with rewriting an Elvis lyric in honor of CrossVegas’s own Elvis, and the responses were all amazing! We had the hardest time this week deciding on the winner, but finally pick Brian G’s Blue Suede Shoes remake, Spike Toed Shoes.

With handups of money
And bacon fo’ sho’
The beer is all ready
Now go, ’cross, go!

I step through
Riding with my spike toed shoes
Got a single chainring
And I’m riding with my spike toed shoes

Hot into the corner
Grab my canti brakes
Hop o’er the barriers
Choke down a cupcake
Well, pushing to the limit
I’m about to spew,
rolled a tire of the rim
I need to reglue!

Tubular glue
And riding with my spike toed shoes
Got my lugged steel frame
And I’m riding with my spike toed shoes

Well, put on the embro
Legs are on fire
Just like Tim Johnson
I’ll never retire!
is my new foray
Try and take the holeshot
Won’t happen today

My pit crew
Is cleaning off my spike toed shoes
Got full carbon wheels
And I’m riding with my spike toed shoes

Well, stuffin’ the money
Down my skinsuit
Hecklers ringing cowbells
They holler and hoot
I step through
Riding with my spike toed shoes
Well, I shoulder my bike
Now I’m running with my spike toed shoes

Well, it’s spike, spike, spike toed shoes
And those big, muddy, rubber boots
Yeah, spike, spike, spike toed shoes
Baby, spike, spike, spike toed shoes
In line for the pressure wash
And I’m standing in my spike toed shoes

Congrats, and will Brian G please email molly [at] with contact info? Also, will Week 3′s winner Michael Shearer also get in touch by emailing molly [at] so we can get your prize shipped out?

So many great responses—keep ‘em coming!

Weekly winners will be selected by a distinguished panel of judges (Brook Watts, CrossVegas Promoter; Andrew Yee, Cyclocross Magazine Publisher; Molly Hurford, Cyclocross Magazine Managing Editor). At the end of the 10 weeks, one of our winners will be selected at random for the grand prize, which includes a CrossVegas jersey signed by the race winner. The field includes current World Champion Sven Nys, so you can place your bets on who will be signing it …

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  • VIP CrossVegas Ticket
  • 1 Tube of Chamois Butt’r (Choice of Original, Her’ or Eurostyle)
  • 1 Bottle Eurostyle Sports Skin Wash
  • 1 Bottle Eurostyle Sports Kit Wash
  • 1 Jar Eurostyle Embrocation (warm or hot)
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Boulder Colorado artist Zach Lee of Zach Lee Designs comes up with another stunning CLIF® Bar CrossVegas jersey design produced by Vermarc Sportswear.  2013 is the sixth year Lee has contributed the winner's jersey design and with this year's version he gives a nod to the retro design of the past with bold diagonal lines as well as acknowledging the time-honored racer superstition of pinning the number 13 upside-down.

Zach Lee Designs made the CLIF® Bar CrossVegas jersey, produced by Vermarc Sportswear. This year, he gives a nod to the retro design of the past and acknowledges the time-honored racer superstition of pinning the number 13 upside-down.

  • CrossVegas jersey signed by the race winner
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  • 2 year digital subscription to Cyclocross Magazine
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Instead of barriers a pink Cadillac Fleetwood, the rider needs to dismount open door slide across bench seat get out other side. A second set of barriers would be TVs with a Robert Goulet singing video, now you have the choice of shooting the TV for time bonuses or just going right over them.


Need to include a water feature with surprise water jets. Just like some fountains in Vegas, the course needs a some active water hazards...


ball pit! not sure why but I'd love to see some features from danny macaskills imaginate on the course but that could be difficult, so the next best thing is a ball pit! 


Add a hecklers platform with speakers broadcasting to the entire course. How about a run-up that is littered with the hooker magazines you get on the strip. That would make it slippery and slimey at the same time.



I love a section or two where there are two distinct and very different lines and features.

 Have a pit just before a set of stairs so a racer could switch to say... a mountain bike (it would be cool to see in more races, now that we're all going to be doing it). And then the other line would be an off camber wet grass for a real cyclocross racer.  

  Fans would love to watch both happening at the same time while drunk in Vegas.


Swaying rope bridge over a water feature.

Sam Keopraseuth
Sam Keopraseuth

I love Cross Vegas and its the event that got me interested in Cyclocross, but I Find it weird that the whole course is on grass...Its Las Vegas....throw some dirt obstacles, sand, and how bout some cactus that you would have to weave in and out. Maybe make a section of Cactus slaloms.


How about a scale model of all of the hotels on the strip lining both sides of a section of the course?  This would need to be complete with lights (of course), and in the case of the Bellagio, a fountain in front...  Treasure Island's ship, the Eiffel Tower from Paris...  Fire(works) would rock.  At one end a machine should fling dollar bills into the air like a grab box for racers.  At the other end Wayne Newton should be serenading all of our Euro friends.  Of course some would prefer Celine Dion but we're not here to judge.


I think the best ever cx course feature ever thought up is the hot tub flyover... I would love to see this at CrossVegas. For those who haven't heard of the hot tub flyover, check out this link Raleigh and cx magazine had a contest and Keith Vonachen came up this. I loved it then and immediately remembered it when I saw this challenge! He even has a video of how it all works! But on second thought, since it will probably still be hot in Vegas in September, maybe cold-tub flyover!


It's Vegas...where are the poles? I feel the over-under, or any bridge, should include a pole allowing those riders who use it to drop into a portion of the course further along than those riding traditionally.

Too dangerous, how about running the industry race poker style where the riders collect playing cards from specific points on the course. Then, after the awards for the top finishers are given, additional awards are provided to those with the best hands.


I've always been disappointed that CX courses haven't taken enough inspiration from courses in other disciplines.  By this I don't mean that CX courses should incorporate tight curbed turns on pavement a la criterium racing, technical singletrack and fire roads like cross-country MTB, or the sorts of sustained steep efforts that hill-climb time triallists excel at.  No, those aren't far enough outside of the box; the “other disciplines” I'm interested in are in different sports.  Specifically, I think CrossVegas should take some course features from the world of miniature golf, bringing an entire new dimension to the holeshot.


You'll start out on pavement but rapidly (literally, even) funnel in to a turf section.  Be sure to take a good line as you bank down the inside of the giant cone.  Now the field is pretty well spread-out, but you have a decision to make.  Want to avoid those crazy switchbacks?  You can choose to ride over a skinny bridge instead, but don't fall in the water hazard.  Watch out for those fiberglass brontosaurus legs right before the barriers; they can really bounce you around.  Need to get to the pit?  Better time your approach through the windmill carefully!  As you near the end of the course, watch out for all of those pegs on the steep descent before the final sprint; you might get a free play if you end up in the right chute.


Las Vegas may be the center of American excess, but it's also in the middle of some of the finest desert that we have. How about celebrating that? When I think of the Mojave desert, I think of one thing: Snakes.

There clearly should be a few lurking around the course, but what about a snake pit!? Other courses have sand pit...this one would have a snake pit.

Imagine how fast riders would make it through that little slice of desert. A little extra motivation during the race.

Want a UCI legal snake pit? A sand pit lined with some rubberized versions of our buddies might do the trick.


A mini Vegas show within the course. Leading up to the run up, the Blue Man Group (can't help it, I'm a percussionist) lines the course doing what they do best. Drums! Lights! Splashing colored glowing water with more drums and more lights! Inbetween sets of music, the usual blank stare comedy routine to further entertain racers and fans. How do you think a Blue Man would execute a run up? Perhaps with a unicycle...


A shortcut slot machine.  Riders race the course as usual, but at some point a slot machine (or roulette wheel or some other gambling type device) would sit next to the course.  Riders, at their option, could stop at the slot machine and try their luck.  Payout options would include 1) continuing on the course as normal, 2) taking a longer route (a small extra loop added to the course), or 3) a shortcut through the course (JACKPOT!).  Other payout options could be added as well, like actual cash payouts.


The obstacle I'd like to see  is called, "The Moon Bounce".  

Now, that's not the air-inflated vinyl monstrosity seen in the backyards of a surburbanite offspring birthday soiree. The Moon Bounce is a strip of the course, ranging from 3-30 meters, that is peppered with bumps, ridges, and/or potholes, & is separated by a standard cyclocross barrier. Not so bad right?  Well that's just the "bounce" part of the The Moon Bounce.  

Before crossing over the first barrier, the rider must drop trou.  This can be done either while riding, after dismounting,  or while bunny hopping over the barrier (only a skilled few can accomplish this feat!) but cycling shorts must be down before the racer's foot or wheel touches the ground after the first barrier. Lunar phases that are acceptable are as follows: first/last quarters, waxing/waning gibbous, and of course the full moon.  New moons & waxing/waning crescent moons will accrue a minute penalty. The Moon Bounce will encourage each racer to be in the lead (or at the very least, in the lead of any particular pack) because who the hell wants to be staring down a constellation of muddy moons?  Aside from that, it's the cyclists way of heckling the hecklers and anyone behind him/her.  Lastly, it's Vegas, whatever happens in Vegas...


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