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Top Truck Challenge 2015: A Sneak Peek At The Obstacle Course

Posted in Top Truck Challenge: 2015 on May 21, 2015
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The Obstacle Course is the fourth of seven events at Top Truck Challenge (TTC). It kicks off Day Two of TTC, and that means it happens bright and early and serves as a stunning eye-opener to the competitors. Coffee has nothing on this events ability to immediately wake folks up.

The Obstacle Course is typically a quarter-mile in length and features a gamut of challenges that happen in rapid-fire succession. Typically, competitors begin in the “lower section” (there are three sections). This area is typically pockmarked with random, deep, tire-swallowing holes. When/if competitors complete the lower section, they traverse a hill that carries them to the “upper section” that is dotted with various obstacles, tight turns, and off-camber areas. Competitors then descend a hill to the final section near the finish line that is highlighted by a tricky, off-camber dogleg.

Hard to picture in your mind? We’ll summarize the Obstacle Course by saying it’s tight, unforgiving, stressful, and loads of high-adrenalin fun. It’s purposely complex, and the course rewards those who don’t lose their cool. For example, cones mark the course and hitting a cone results in a large 20-second time penalty added to the overall course time. Over the years, many competitors have had very fast raw times on this course, only to finish back in the pack due to penalties from hitting cones. We’ve also seen vehicles suffer significant damage in the Obstacle Course, especially in the final dogleg section that’s within view of the finish line. Adding to the pressure is that the Obstacle Course is only the first event of the day. This means competitors have to wheel with prudence since there are still two more events.

Watch a video of the Obstacle Course from TTC 2014.

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