Did the uplift day at Bucknell yesterday, didn't take a camera but you will have seen the pics on the Pearce site by now anyway I'm sure. Thoughts on the track; short but plenty going on, a case of quality not quantity.
Opening section was deceptive, trickier that it looked on walking it first thing. Enjoyed the blast over the step down then round the berm into the big table. Few nice drifty corners after that then into the woods. Nice to see it taped out good & wide to allow plenty of line choice, hope it stays that way for the race. On the lower section though couldn't believe the amount of dust. I got to do a day a Pila couple of weeks ago whilst out in the Alps & this reminded me of the dust fest out there. If it rains before the race however its going to be slik.
The road gap/step down what have you had a couple of chicken runs that seemed to see plenty of traffic all day. Final section that I think will catch a few out on race day is the bus stop to the tight & steep shoot next to the tree. Drops down on to a load of loose rocks & straight into a right hander. Suspect that will cause a few bar into tree into endo moments. Might be a good spot to watch if you like seeing a bit of carnage. Though now I think of it the last off camber bit down to the fire road had the potential to put you straight on into the bushes as well
Got plenty of runs in, lost count a bit but I think we did at least 11 or 12 & that was taking a bit out for a spot of lunch. Good fast uplift as well, guess that's the advantage of the shorter course. Spoke with Dave Pearce at the end of the day who confirmed the FC were causing problems with uplifts next year but he seemed hopeful he had a solution. Lets all hope so.