The Big Buck course presents the standard GNCC obstacles: everything from tight woods, to fields, creek crossings, rocks and hill climbs. It’s a fast, wide-open course, but definitely not easy! The field sections are very fast and they get chopped up and rough as the weekend goes on, so you need to have your suspension dialed in.
Usually, a spectacular creek jump is incorporated into the course where the riders launch off of a bank and over the water. Of course, there’s a path around the jump for those who aren’t as comfortable with air time.
The Big Buck facility is owned by Henry Turner and his family, and they are big fans and supporters of GNCC Racing. Even the town of Union gets behind the Big Buck big time.
Since the course gets rough, riders need to be smart. New lines often open up throughout the race, so constantly scanning the terrain for a smoother route can save energy and reduce risks. Most of the tough sections, the hills and mud, are pretty basic, which means the winner will be the rider who runs through the trees fastest.
The soil at Big Buck is unique. It isn’t a sandy soil that people associate with South Carolina. It’s more of a clay base that can get slick when it’s wet, and gets very silty and almost feels like sand when it’s dry. The course is winding and can be tight. In fact, the quads usually have a section of tight trail, and the bikes have their own section of even tighter trail. If you’re not a single track expert, don’t worry, the sections are short and multiple lines open up.