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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.

1 year, 2 months ago on Win a Chamois Butt’r Swag Bag and CrossVegas VIP Ticket by Entering Our Contest: Results and Week 5 Question

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I once failed to wash my hands after seeding some habanero peppers but before (1) rubbing my eyes and — a few minutes later — (2) going to the bathroom.  So I guess I have an embrocation story even though I've never used embrocation.

1 year, 3 months ago on Win a Chamois Butt’r Swag Bag and CrossVegas VIP Ticket by Entering Our Contest: Results and Week 3 Question

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You know how babies need diaper cream to act as a barrier between their skin and soggy pants?  Well, babies grow up to be adults.  Most adults no longer have problem with soiling themselves, but some develop a new problem involving regularly spending time wearing tight pants and sitting on a hard saddle for hours at a time in rain, mud, snow, or intense heat.  Chamois cream basically solves that problem, just like diaper cream solves the other problem.

1 year, 3 months ago on Win a Chamois Butt’r Swag Bag and CrossVegas VIP Ticket by Entering Our Contest: Results and Week 2 Question

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