Snowshoe Mountain is welcoming back Morgantown-based RacerX Productions and the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series for this weekend's off-road racing event. Now in its fifth year, the Motosport.com Snowshoe GNCC is billed as the toughest and most unique stop on the GNCC tour, which is the nation's largest off-road racing series.
The inaugural Snowshoe-GNCC event in 2007 marked the series' return to West Virginia for the first time in more than 10 years. This year's event will feature six races: ATV and motorcycle races each at the youth, amateur and pro level. Racing begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday with the youth ATV class, followed by the amateur heat at 10 a.m. and the pro class start at 1 p.m. On Sunday, the youth once again begin the day with an 8 a.m. start in the bike category, followed by the amateur and pro classes at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
The Snowshoe start is the only one of its kind on the GNCC circuit. Racers will line up just outside Snowshoe's mountaintop Village and will conduct a "rolling start," with a set of five racers taking off every five seconds. Following the start, racers will tackle a grueling course stretching across Snowshoe's 11,000 acres and featuring roots, rocks, hill climbs and mud pits.
Spectator passes are $20 for the weekend, with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge. Wrist bands may be on the Snowshoe website, snowshoemtn.com, or during the event at the North Mountain entrance to the resort, just off Route 66. Wrist bands will offer access to all of the race action, as well as Snowshoe's scenic lift rides. Guests enjoying the race action will also be treated to family-friendly activities in Snowshoe's Village, the resort's many dining and shopping options, Shavers Lake activities and the Split Rock Pool facilities.
More than 1,500 racers are expected to attend the Snowshoe GNCC, with several thousand spectators cheering on their favorite riders. The competition will include top international talent, such as U.S. national champions and world champions from Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Currently in the standings, last year's ATV winner, Pennsylvania native Chris M. Borich, holds on to first place with a 30-point lead. Californian Joshua Strang sits atop the bike standings, but North Carolina native Charles Mullins follows close behind with only two points separating the riders.
For more information on GNCC Tour, including a complete tour schedule, visit www.gnccracing.com. Follow the races via Twitter for event updates, times and standings.