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GNCC Racing Announces Yamaha’s GNCC University For 2021 Season at Snowshoe Mountain Resort on June 23-25

GNCC Racing Announces Yamaha’s GNCC University For 2021 Season at Snowshoe Mountain Resort on June 23-25

Monday, November 30, 2020 | 9:40 AM
Monday, November 30, 2020 | 9:40 AM


GNCC Racing Announces Yamaha’s GNCC University For
2021 Season
at Snowshoe Mountain Resort on June 23-25
Reserve Your Spot Starting Today

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (November 30, 2020) – Racer Productions, producer of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, is excited to announce the return of Yamaha’s GNCC University at Snowshoe Mountain Resort for the 2021 season. Yamaha’s top off-road ATV and motorcycle racers, along with select other top riders in the industry, will be on hand as instructors for this riding school.

Led by Dean of Motorcycles, 7-Time AMA National Enduro Champion Randy Hawkins, this year’s bike instructors include XC1 riders Steward Baylor and Layne Michael, XC2 rider Mike Witkowski and WXC competitors Becca Sheets and Rachael Archer.

Professor of ATVs, XC1 Pro class rider Johnny Gallagher will lead this year’s Yamaha Racing ATV instructors, including 6-Time AMA National GNCC Champion Walker Fowler, XC1 rider Josh Merritt and 12-Time Women’s Class Champion Traci Pickens.

“I have been involved with the Yamaha GNCC University since the day it started. It is a wonderful experience for my team and myself and we are proud to continue on with the AmPro Yamaha Team,” said Randy Hawkins. “I am super excited about the University and the effort that Yamaha is putting into this experience for the riders. My instructors are proud to be putting this back together and we hope to get another long run out of it.”

The panel of professional instructors will head several groups of students according to bike size and riding level to ensure each student is learning with a group similar to his/her riding ability. Students will learn proper navigation of up hills, down hills, grass tracks, woods, rocks and mud, as well as how to handle competitive starts. Students will also participate in lectures about sportsmanship, training, nutrition and mental preparation. Giveaways and Yamaha swag will also be issued to Students throughout the three-day university.

“We're super excited to be a part of bringing GNCC University back to where it originated years ago,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s motorsports group marketing manager. “Snowshoe is an epic venue and GNCC U. is the perfect opportunity for budding racers to learn on- and off-course best practices from two- and four-wheel off-road legends.”

Enrollment will come on a first-come first-serve basis as there are only 40 spots each for both the bike and ATV disciplines - totaling 80 spots. Students must provide their own equipment and be at least 8 years of age, and machines must be 85cc or larger.

GNCC University is in session from June 23-25, 2021. Tuition, room and board—including meals throughout the school is $500 per student, with other non-lodging packages available. Enroll now through Snowshoe Mountain Resort. To reserve a spot, call Snowshoe Reservations at 1-877-441-4386. Health and Safety Protocols will be in place, and refunds will be issued in the event of a cancellation.

For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at 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.

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 For more information, please visit

How to Watch

Racer TV is the official home for coverage of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) events. Racer TV provides live streaming coverage of the 2 p.m. pro ATV and 1 p.m. pro motorcycle races from each event. Catch all the action at

About the American Motorcyclist Association

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