I've seen this gravel pit before. I've actually ridden the pit before, if you consider riding having a team of peeps picking up your bike a half dozen times over the 40 feet. To make matters worse, that was only a straight approach with no marking cones.
Although still not a ride of beauty, it was the ride I got. I was happy to only have one dab (-1 point) and to escape the vortex.
Blaster takes is all in stride. Since GS riding is all about "the unknown", you can see the trail for the first time as we see it. You don't know where the next obstacle is, or what is might be.
"Luckily" for us, the next obstacle is a series of concrete drainage pipes which are half buried. I decide that is will probably bleed some speed off, so I should enter with some oomph. Well, turns out everyone thought I was hauling ass though. But it rode f.i.n.e. The left line turns out to be easier line, but didn't realize that until I looked back on the obstacle from the far side. Looks like the poor Xcountry drug her belly pan once and now that is a good excuse to go upgrade the suspension