Est: March 1997
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 it's definitely not easy! The field sections are fast, fast, fast and they get chopped up and rough as the weekend goes on, so you need to have your suspension sorted for that.
Usually, course designers Jeff Russell and Barry Hawk create a spectacular creek jump where the riders launch off of a bank and over the water (with 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 Big Buck even has its own Web site!
Take I-26 to Exit 44, then to Highway 49 North 7 Miles. Look for signs.