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Friday, May 19: 5pm - 7pm: The John Penton Fan Fest at Athens Sports Cycle Shop (165 Columbus Rd, Athens, Oh 45701).
- DO NOT FOLLOW YOUR GPS.
Please follow the written directions below, AND the RED arrows.
Take Rt. 33 W. 1 mile to 13N (Chauncey Exit)
Go 3 miles into Chauncey.
Turn RIGHT—staying on Route 13 North.
Continue for 10 miles to Jacksonville.
Go right on Sixth St. for 2 miles, then turn LEFT
- KTM Youth Day: Micro & Youth Participants will receive a Youth Day t-shirt and medal at the Race Team Semi Truck.
- Saturday Team Faith Slip-N-Slide: Saturday weather permitting.
- Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship Round: Saturday at 5 PM
- ePeeWee Racing: Saturday @ 6 PM. Location: The field behind the finish line
- LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Two Live Bands - Sick Serenity and Missing November will play Saturday evening on the GNCC Podium after ePeeWee Racing.
The John Penton is one of the longest-running GNCCs around, and is held at Sunday Creek Raceway, a popular motocross track in Southern Ohio. The event is named after one of the pioneers of off-road motorcycle racing in America, as John Penton is the man who originally imported the KTM motorcycle from Austria into the United States. In fact, they even called them ‘Pentons’ back then, since John created so many improvements for the machines.
You must plan for the weather at this event. It's an awesome place to race, but is often either bone-dry and dusty or covered in sticky Ohio mud. And sometimes it's both! That slick Ohio clay will provide little traction if it’s wet, and it will stick all over your gear and your machine. You’ve got to be tough to survive this one if it rains.
The track is great, with a nice mix of fast, flowing trails with some fresh, tight stuff thrown in as well. There’s nothing too difficult here as far as hills or mud bogs, even when it’s muddy, but it can get rough as the race wears on, so be prepared to pace yourself when needed.
The Sunday Creek motocross track is a fun one too, with a few simple jumps, one nice step-up and plenty of wide-open corners for flat tracking (and passing).
If it does rain, make sure you have extra goggles and gloves ready because they will get thrashed.
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