Welcome to Quick Fill.
It’s time to go racing once again and this week we’re deep in the sands of Florida for the Wild Boar GNCC. This event has become the longest running and most popular Florida event in GNCC history and that comes with good reason. Yes, it gets brutally rough because, well, that’s what happens with sand but there are sections of this facility that are so much fun that it tends to make those other tough and rough spots worth it just to enjoy blasting the sand in other sections.
Now, we’re pretty swamped getting everything ready to go so this week’s edition of Quick Fill will be a bit on the short side. But of course, we’ll give you the low down on what to expect from the racecourse before we wrap things up. Before then, don’t forget that once the Wild Boar is in the books it’s a quick turnaround and we’re headed straight to Georgia for The General GNCC. The track crew made a pit stop in Georgia after Big Buck and have a good plan in place, so we’ll give all the details on that event next week.
For this week, if you’ve been to the Wild Boar before you’ll see some changes. First off, the starting line has moved out of the big field through the fence and is located in a new clearing (that does have room for parking!) across the old airboat pond behind registration. This was all woods when we were here in the past but the facility has gone through some changes. They needed the additional parking and are no longer able to use the farm property for additional parking. No, they didn’t lose any property as they still own everything on the other side of the fence we used to race through but all the riding and parking will stay on the riding park side of the property.
The start is at the end of the lap, so it’s only about a half mile from the start to the finish line your first time by, so you’ll actually bypass the finish on the start. From there you’re headed out through some flowing sandy trails all the way to the one-mile mark. A few sections are a bit on the tight side here, but as it meanders over to the two-mile mark, there are a few spots that open up just a bit that will be great opportunities for passing. From the two to the three mile mark is mostly tighter trail, but once you pass the three you’re headed out to the far side of the property.
This means you’ll cross over what they call Rev Limiter Alley but we’ve added numerous chicanes going across this section to keep the speed down a bit. You’ll drop into a long section of woods all the way to the four-mile mark. This is more tighter trail that opens up in a few spots after the four. Before you get to the five-mile mark there’s a section of palmetto roots that will add a little bit of a challenge but these are still nothing like what we rode years ago down at River Ranch if you remember those!
After the five you’ll start to head back across Rev Limiter Alley but we’ve slowed this side down even more. You’ll pop out to the open area and back into the woods a few times and these new woods sections are a bit on the tight side. This brings you over by the FMF Powerpoint and into the Monster Mile section at the six-mile mark. There is an inner loop that runs from the six to the seven and to the eight before you come back past the FMF Powerpoint once again. This inner loop is a lot of tighter trail and is actually a lot of fun as well. After the eight you’ll head through some more flowing trails into a faster section that brings you to the nine-mile mark, which us located just inside the woods from the finish line.
However, you’ll head away from the finish and back out for more. After the nine you’ll zigzag through the tall pine trees for a bit before picking up some faster trail over to the ten-mile mark. From the ten to the 11 you’ll have some faster trails that tighten up here and there before popping out in the pits, through the pro pits and back through some faster sections around the starting line and right back to where you started at the 12-mile mark.
Now, don’t forget that sand wreaks havoc on your fuel milage so if you typically do not pit, stop and pit! And if you only pit once, pit twice just to be safe. Also, it’s very dry here. Actually, it’s the driest I have ever seen this place, so consider running a filter skin or even making a stop mid-race if needed. Overall, this is shaping up to be another great Wild Boar event and we’re exciting to what it all unfold.
That’s actually going to do it this week. Don’t forget to check back next week for the latest on The General and until then, enjoy your weekend and we’ll see you right here in sunny Florida!