by: Kayla Bolton
Thursday, June 20, 2019 | 9:45 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Walker Fowler Aims to Conquer AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC
Borich, Neal And More Look To Earn A Win On Snowshoe Mountain
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (June 20, 2019) – This Saturday, June 22, the 2019 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, returns to Snowshoe, West Virginia for the 13th Annual AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC in the rugged woods of Snowshoe Mountain Resort. This event has the reputation as the toughest, most spectacular and most unique on the GNCC circuit.
Coming into this weekend’s race, WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler is aiming to earn his sixth win of the season. Last season Fowler pulled off a podium finish on the mountain, but will be looking to redeem himself this year and conquer the mountain by landing in the center of the podium.
After finishing second at the previous round, Yamaha/AmPro/Action Offroad/GBC’s Cole Richardson will be hoping to earn his first win of the season. Richardson earned his first-ever win last season, and has yet to clinch that number one spot thus far in the 2019 season. However, as the series heads into its eighth round Richardson is eager to have another taste of victory.
LanMills XC/CST Tires/Houser/Yamaha’s Brycen Neal rounded at the podium in New York after running at the front of the pack for majority of the race. Neal has already earned one overall win this season, but is eager to race for his second overall win this weekend in West Virginia. Neal has been close to winning multiple events this year, and this weekend he is hoping to put together another great 2-hour race and take a victory on the mountain.
Last year at Snowshoe Maxxis/Fly Racing/Ye Olde Cycle Barn’s Chris Borich took the overall win, and after earning the win at round four this season he is hungry for his second overall win of the season and another one here at Snowshoe. Borich is looking ahead to make it to his 80th overall win this season, and he is well on his way as he has 75 as of now.
JMR/Maxxis/Elka/Moose Racing’s Jarrod McClure has been having a somewhat rollercoaster year thus far. McClure earned second on the mountain just one year ago, and this year he is hoping to do one better by earning the overall win. This would be McClure’s first overall win of the season, and help him improve his place in the points standings.
Coming through sixth at the previous round was Maxxis/Ithaca Recreation Sports/Fly Racing’s Hunter Hart. As the season continues on the XC1 Pro rookie Hart has been a consistent competitor. Hart will be one to keep an eye on this weekend as anything is possible in racing, especially in the West Virginia mountains.
Looking to conquer the mountain this weekend will be West Virginia’s own, OBOR/Moose Racing/Parts Unlimited/McGill Mafia’s Adam McGill. Last season McGill was only able to complete four out of six laps at Snowshoe, but this year he is determined to take back the number one spot.
Pierce Performance/Moose Racing/Spider Graphix’s Cody Collier came through ninth overall at the previous round, and this weekend Collier will be aiming to once again finish inside the top 10 overall. BNR Motorsports/GBC Motorsports/HMF Racing’s Josh Merritt will be looking improve his standings, and land inside the top 10. Spider Graphix/GBC Motorsports/Moose Racing/Custom Axis’ Martin Christofferson has not been having the season he had hoped for, but this weekend he is aiming to turn it around and battle towards the front of the pack.
In the XC2 Pro-Am class, Pierce Performance/Maxxis/Waynesburg Yamaha’s John Glauda Jr. continues to lead the way as the series heads into its eighth round in West Virginia. Glauda Jr. has earned the XC2 class win at each event thus far in the season, and he is looking to keep that momentum rolling this weekend.
One rider looking to stop his success is LanMills XC/CST Tires/Moose Racing’s Drew Landers. After seven rounds, Landers holds onto second in the class after finishing on the podium at all but one event. Landers is more determined now than ever to battle for a class win and earn valuable points towards the XC2 Pro-Am Naitonal Championship.
Coming through third last round was Yamaha-backed rider, Jordon Poplaski. Currently sitting third in the points standings Poplaski is aiming to overtake that number one spot from Glauda Jr. as well. Poplaski has been a consistent competitor throughout the season, and will be one to keep an eye on this weekend.
The AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC is full of special events each year. This year there are a list of events you can enjoy before or after you race. On Friday at 9 a.m. the ISDE US Trophy Team Golf Tournament Fundraiser takes place at Raven Golf Course at the bottom of the mountain. More information on the tournament can be found HERE. Then at 6 p.m. on Friday, Specialized and Gear Bicycle Sales are offering a free seminar, located at the Specialized display in the Sponsor Village. Specialized mechanics and eMTB Pro racer, Charlie Mullins, will be on hand to go over some basic do’s and don’ts of e-bike maintenance, basic overview of how an e-bike works, best way to clean your bike, and more. Friday night live entertainment will be provided by The Stickers at 8:45 p.m. in the Village. Don’t miss out on a fun evening.
As Saturday rolls around the Snowshoe GNCC will also hold round 5 of the Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship starting at 5 p.m. followed by the GNCC Graduation Ceremony at 6 p.m., there is still time to sign up if you have graduated or know someone that has. Just click HERE. Then on Saturday night at 8:45 p.m. The Davisson Brothers Band take the stage in Snowshoe Village to really get the crowd rocking. Throughout the weekend Yamaha will be providing demo riders at the bottom of Ballhooter near the boat house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and eBike demos will take place throughout the weekend with Specialized, Fantic and BULLS. For full event information and weekend schedule, click HERE.
Local racers expected to compete this Saturday on ATVs will be Levi Myers (College B 16-21), J.D. Brown (Junior A 22+), Kenny Hawkins (Masters 50+), Jared Little (Sportsman A/B), Bobby McCauley (40+ C), Richie McCauley (40+ C), Adam McGill (XC1 Pro), Franklin Moats (19+ C), Anthony Dean (40+ C), Chase Fittro (College A 16-21), Marcus Hefner (16-18 C), Tanner Talbott (College B 16-21), Cody Holcomb (Vet B 30+), Darius Dillard (24+ C), Zachary Phillips (Junior A 22+), Darren Radford (40+ C), Brent Sturdivant (XC1 Pro), Brody Livengood (XC2 Pro-Am), Branden Owens (College A 16-21), Chandler Burner (Junior A 22+), Kenneth Kelly (Vet A 30+) and Jeff Harvey (Senior B 40+). Saturday evening eMTB Local Racers: David Galiano (Amateur), Nate Annon (XC1 Pro), Colin Dierman (Masters 50+), Christopher Eddy (Youth) and Canon Kuneff (Youth).
Four-wheeled ATVs will compete throughout the day on Saturday, June 22. Youth ATV racing begins at 8 a.m., followed by the amateurs, 4x4 pro and women at 11 a.m., and the pros and top amateurs’ race at 2 p.m. The last race of the day will be round five of the Specialized Turbo eMTB series, which takes off at 5 p.m.
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.
- Facebook: @gnccracing
- Instagram: @gncc_racing
- Twitter: @gnccracing
- YouTube: @racertv
Previous Round Results and Points Standings
Odessa, New York
Round 7 of 13
Saturday, June 1, 2019
XC1 Pro Event Results:
- Walker Fowler (YAM)
- Cole Richardson (YAM)
- Brycen Neal (YAM)
- Chris Borich (SUZ)
- Jarrod McClure (HON)
- Hunter Hart (YAM)
- Adam McGill (HON)
- Cody Collier (YAM)
- Joshua Merritt (YAM)
- Martin Christofferson (HON)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Walker Fowler (196)
- Chris Borich (145)
- Brycen Neal (138)
- Cole Richardson (127)
- Adam McGill (102)
- Jarrod McClure (91)
- Hunter Hart (90)
- John Glauda Jr. (85)
- Westley Wolfe (80)
- Johnny Gallagher (77)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2019 National Champion.
XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:
- John Glauda Jr. (YAM)
- Drew Landers (YAM)
- Jordon Poplaski (YAM)
- Tanner Walker (YAM)
- Wyatt Wilkin (HON)
- Ronnie Rusch (YAM)
- Steven Covert (YAM)
- Kenny Shick (YAM)
- Ben Kowalewski (HON)
- Boedy Lamoreaux (HON)
XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:
- John Glauda Jr. (210)
- Drew Landers (155)
- Jordon Poplaski (136)
- Ben Kowalewski (115)
- Tanner Walker (105)
- Wyatt Wilkin (95)
- Ronnie Rusch (83)
- Matthew Blankenship (82)
- Steven Covert (74)
- Matthew Lindle (69)
About GNCC Racing
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized is America'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 three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through tracks 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 weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
About eMTB Racing
The Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship brings off-road racing and pedal-assist or electric bicycles together for an eight-round championship produced by Racer Productions. Much like a typical cross-country racing event, these races feature varied terrain featuring hills, rocks, roots, and more but are limited to electric, or pedal assist model mountain bikes only. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
How to Watch
Racer TV and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) are the official homes for coverage of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) events. All 13 rounds, from the season opening Big Buck GNCC in South Carolina to the finale at Ironman Raceway in Indiana, will air in 30-minute, taped-delayed telecasts on NBCSN, while Racer TV provides live streaming coverage of the 1 p.m. ATV and motorcycle races from each event. Catch all the action at http://www.nbcsports.com/ and http://www.racertv.com/.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.