New Layout Offers
Improved Trails, Pitting and Parking
SNOWSHOE, W.Va. (September 4, 2008) --
Competitors in the Can-Am Grand National Cross
Country Series will find a new race course and
improved pitting and parking at next weekend’s
Moose Racing Snowshoe GNCC. The revised track
will still feature the most challenging terrain
on the GNCC circuit, but also alleviate the
biggest concerns from last year’s inaugural
event at West Virginia’s largest ski resort.
The GNCC track crew spent the entire month of
July cutting new trails for next weekend’s race.
This year’s track will pass near more Snowshoe
hotels and condos than before, allowing more
racers to pit and park right next to their
rooms. This year, the trail will connect from
the Silver Creek complex through Camp 4, Powder
Ridge, Shamrock, Whistlepunk, Powder Monkey and
finally at the Top of the World.
The crew also worked to eliminate high-speed
gravel road sections of last year’s course.
"This year we will not cross over the road by
Silver Creek, and we will not have two miles of
gravel roads off the start," said GNCC
Lieutenant Trail Boss Buren Hamrick. "When we
cross the road after the start, we will turn
right, and hit woods and trails. Then we will
zig zag across the ski slopes. But we won’t be
in the gravel."
Last year’s event quickly garnered a
reputation as one of the toughest on the
circuit, and Hamrick says the new track will
still offer a significant challenge while
offering a better overall variety of trail
"We took most of those gravel roads out and
replaced them with good, technical trails," says
Hamrick. "You’ll have roots and rocks. It will
In addition, the redesigned Youth GNCC Track
will offer more woods than last year’s course,
which ran through several high-speed sections.
The Youth track will run between Camp 4 and Top
of the World.
GNCC Racing recommends large self-contained
camping vehicles park at Silver Creek, which
offers more room, a limited number of hookups,
and a shorter drive then heading all the way to
the Top of the World section of the resort.
Racers must be guests of the resort in order
to access parking and pitting from that area.
Those pitting and camping from self-contained
vehicles are welcome as well, and three parking
areas will be open exclusively for them. Tent
camping is prohibited at Snowshoe. For
reservations, check out
About GNCC Racing:
The Can-Am Grand National Cross
Country series is America’s premier off-road
racing series. The 13-round championship series
is produced exclusively by Racer Productions and
has run since 1973. Cross country racing is one
of the most physically demanding sports in the
world. The nearly three-hour long GNCC races
lead as many as 1,800 riders through tracks
ranging from eight to twelve miles in length.
With varied terrain including hills, woods, mud,
dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events
are tests of both survival and speed. GNCC
Racing will air weekly television shows on the
Versus network starting August 2. GNCC featured
sponsors include Can-Am, Parts Unlimited, Moose
Racing, Maxxis, Pirelli, Wiseco, Acerbis, Elka,
Geico, Klotz, FMF, ITP and Weekend Warrior, and
riders compete for over $3 million in series
prizes and contingency money. Associate sponsors
include Alpinestars, Cometic, HiPer Technology,
Laegers, Moose Utility Division, The National
Guard, Powersport Grafx, REM, Scott, Thor, Tire
Balls, Twin Air, Ogio, Rekluse, and MotoTee’s.
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