Grand National Cross Country Series Announces 2021 Schedule
11 Micro Rounds and Eight-Round eMTB Series for Next Season
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (December 22, 2020) – Racer Productions, producer of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, is pleased to announce the series schedule for the upcoming 2021 season.
The GNCC Series is set to kick off on February 20 and 21 with the Big Buck GNCC in Union, South Carolina. From there the series will head south for the 7th Annual Wild Boar GNCC in Palatka, Florida, which is also held in conjunction with the 2021 Daytona Beach “Bike Week” festivities on March 7 and 8. Then the next weekend, March 13 and 14, the series continues in Washington, Georgia for a back-to-back round with The General GNCC at Aonia Pass Motocross.
“We’re excited to get the 2021 GNCC Racing season off and rolling,” said GNCC Trail Boss, Jeff Russell. “We have a lot of really great facilities that have hosted some amazing events in the past, and we’re ready to see another season full of excellent racing on some great racecourses.”
A new face will emerge as the 2021 National Champion after KTM’s Kailub Russell announced his retirement from GNCC Racing last season. Photo: Ken Hill
Moving onto round four of the season, the series will head to Society Hill, South Carolina for the Camp Coker Bullet GNCC on March 27 and 28. Then after a two-week hiatus the series will once again return to Union, South Carolina on April 17 and 18 for the Tiger Run GNCC at Big Buck Farm. Kicking off the month of May will be the Hoosier GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana at Ironman Raceway for the first of two GNCC’s to be held on that property.
Returning to the series schedule as one of the oldest GNCC events on the circuit will be the 33rd John Penton GNCC held in Millfield, Ohio on May 22 and 23, followed by the Mason-Dixon GNCC held in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania on June 5-6. The series will also make its return to Snowshoe Mountain for the 14th Annual Snowshoe GNCC event on June 26 and 27.
“The 2021 GNCC schedule is a little different than what we’re used to, but still promises to make for an amazing season,” agreed GNCC Jr. Trail Bosses, Jared Bolton and Ryan Echols. “Some racers might be concerned with visiting some of the venues more than once in a season, but after doing so in 2020 we learned that our crew is creative enough to change up the second event enough that it feels like a totally different facility.”
Yamaha’s Walker Fowler will be battling for his seventh-consecutive ATV National Championship in 2021. Photo: Ken Hill
After the summer break, the series will return to Summit Bechtel Reserve for round 10 on September 11-12. The Mountaineer GNCC continues to be a popular addition to the series schedule. Located in the heart of southern West Virginia, the race is hosted at the spectacular 11,000-acre home of the National Scout Jamboree. Round 11 will be held in Millfield, Ohio for the Burr Oak GNCC, with the penultimate round of racing being hosted at the Buckwheat 100 in Newburg, West Virginia on October 9 and 10. Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana, will make its return to host the GNCC season finale race on October 23 and 24.
The 2021 schedule welcomes back many of its most seasoned venues, including Big Buck in Union, South Carolina; The General in Washington, Georgia; The John Penton in Millfield, Ohio; West Virginia’s popular Snowshoe GNCC in Snowshoe, West Virginia; and the Ironman finale in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
Two rain date have been set for the 2021 season for the weekends of July 11 and 12 and November 13 and 14, with locations to be announced at a later date, if needed.
Returning to the schedule on Saturday afternoons will be the eight-round Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship. The first round will be held at The General GNCC on March 13. Tiger Run in Union, South Carolina will host round two, followed by the Hoosier and The John Penton GNCC’s in Indiana and Ohio. Mason-Dixon will host round five of the eMTB National Championship on June 5. Round 6 will take place at Snowshoe in West Virginia, with round 7 being hosted at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee on Saturday July 31 as a one-off event held in conjunction with the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship.
The Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship will kick off at The General GNCC on March 13. Photo: Ken Hill
The eMTB schedule will pick back up after summer break with the eMTB season finale race on Saturday, September 11 at the Mountaineer GNCC in West Virginia. The Burr Oak GNCC will serve as a rain date round for eMTB racers in the event an eMTB race should be cancelled earlier in the season.
RND Date Event Name City, State Micro/eMTB
Rnd 1 Feb 20-21 Big Buck Union, SC Micro
Rnd 2 Mar 6-7 Wild Boar Palatka, FL Micro
Rnd 3 Mar 13-14 The General Washington, GA Micro/eMTB
Rnd 4 Mar 27-28 Camp Coker Bullet Society Hill, SC Micro
Rnd 5 Apr 17-18 Tiger Run Union, SC Micro/eMTB
Rnd 6 May 1-2 Hoosier Crawfordsville, IN Micro/eMTB
Rnd 7 May 22-23 The John Penton Millfield, OH Micro/eMTB
Rnd 8 Jun 5-6 Mason-Dixon Mount Morris, PA Micro/eMTB
Rnd 9 Jun 26-27 Snowshoe Snowshoe, WV eMTB
Jul 10-11 RAIN DATE
Jul 31 Loretta Lynn eMTB Hurricane Mills, TN eMTB
Rnd 10 Sep 11-12 The Mountaineer Beckley, WV Micro/eMTB
Rnd 11 Sep 25-26 Burr Oak Millfield, OH Micro
Rnd 12 Oct 9-10 Buckwheat 100 Newburg, WV Micro
Rnd 13 Oct 23-24 Ironman Crawfordsville, IN Micro
Nov 13-14 RAIN DATE
For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at www.gnccracing.com or call (304) 284-0084. Join the conversation on the series Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to always hashtag #GNCC.
How to Watch
Racer TV and MAVTV are the official homes for coverage of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) events. All 13 rounds, from the season opener in South Carolina to the finale, will air in taped-delayed telecasts on MAVTV, while Racer TV provides live streaming coverage of the 2 p.m. ATV and 1 p.m. motorcycle races from each event. Catch all the action at http://www.mavtv.com/ and http://www.racertv.com/.
About GNCC Racing
The Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized is the World’s premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling two and three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through racetracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks, and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised live on RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
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