GNCC Racing

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 2:45 PM

Ride Like a Girl! GNCC Women's Racing
Kettle Creek Media by Richard Crabbe

Closing out Women’s History Month with this small contribution: In April, 1976, I wrote an article for the Sunday Augusta Chronicle sports section about 16-year-old Pat Jacques, a motocross rider from Columbia, SC. Pat was competing in an event at Razor Ridge, an MX track south of Augusta. What made Pat unique was that she…SHE…was competing in a sport that was completely male-dominated at the time. And she was winning.

These days, it’s more common to find women participating in motorsports, even on off-road motorcycles. The Grand National Cross Country series (GNCC) is the largest off-road competition in the US, and features women’s classes. Some of the most accomplished women racers in the sport compete in the GNCC; the third round took place in Washington a couple of weekends ago. Kettle Creek Media profiles five remarkable young women carving out their own niche in women’s sports history.