For Ken Hanson, of the Jelly Belly p/b Kenda team, CrossVegas was about having fun and collecting dollar handups.
With no UCI points, Hanson started in 83rd position and after his saddle came lose on the first lap, he decided that it was time to have a good time. For the next four laps, he collected dollar handups for a grand total of $78 which he proudly showed the next day at Interbike.
He followed a strategy too. “The important thing is that you have you know where the money is, so I did a lap to scout and to strategize for the next time I came around.”
He covered both sides of the course, both on the uphill & downhill sections. “There were a couple of sections where I switched from left hand to right hand, and then I unzipped my jersey a couple of inches and I could shove it down my skinsuit and that worked out pretty well because you don’t want to put the in your pants because they fall out. “
With his 78 dollars, Hanson made more than the rider that finished in 21st place who collected $68 in winning. In the end, Hanson finished 68th.
Though enjoyed by racers & fans alike, a rider that takes any handups – be it water, beer or dollars – can possibly be DQed or relegated by officials at UCI races.