The Ironman GNCC is one of the most popular races on the circuit. A local Polaris dealership hosts the event, and they get together with local farmers to get plenty of land for the track. Community support for this race is amazing. Ironman GNCC banners hang downtown, and the spectator count is incredible. The event has grown so much that it’s overflowing from race to full-on industry trade show with many company's displaying the next year's models.
As far as the track, many riders call this one their favorite on the whole tour. The track has it all. The land in this area is totally flat, but the course runs near riverbanks, which means there’s still plenty of elevation change. In fact, the hills here are some of the steepest on the circuit. If it rains, the hills will be the toughest part, as the course will be routed around the creeks. If it doesn’t rain, the riders will hit the creeks, and they’re rocky. Be careful not to cut a tire there. Also, since the race runs in October, it can get cold. Try to stay dry in those creeks.
Outside of the woods, the course routes across harvested cornfields. You’ll have your machine pegged at its absolute top-speed several times here. From tight trails, to technical hillclimbs, gullies, rock sections and creeks, all on top of great dirt, this track is a true test for a cross-country racer’s all-around skills.
In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ironman will once again "go pink" for the season finale. The race facility will be adorned in pink, including a special pink podium backdrop that will be autographed by each podium finisher during the weekend and auctioned off, with proceeds going to FAITH Alliance. Additionally, pink-themed trophies, awards, t-shirts and plaques will ensure a memorable scene for all. Racers and spectators can get in on the fun by bringing and wearing pink clothes, riding gear, graphics and other decorations. GNCC Racing will relax number-plate background codes for the race and encourages riders to run pink backgrounds, available via PowerSports GrafX at ridepg.com.
The Ironman event is named after the late GNCC ATV Champion Bob "Ironman" Sloan, who hailed from Indiana and helped make the event happen. Godspeed, Bob.
Special Information: This event is co-sanctioned with our friends at Indiana Cross Country Racing (IXCR). Moose Racing Dinner on Saturday at 5 p.m. This event will be "pink themed" in honor of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.