GNCC Racing

On-Track Program

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Every Friday before GNCC race weekends the GNCC Media Team and select racers head to local elementary and middle schools, less than 30 minutes away from each track, geared up and equipped with their machines for the On-Track School Program. The GNCC Racing On-Track Program is a free school program that focuses on goal setting, perseverance, motorcycle safety and anti-bullying. The presentation is centered around the ideas taught in school, but the message is delivered to students in a new and unique way making it a hit with the crowd! At the end of the assembly each student gets to meet the racers and receive a FREE admission ticket to the race! If you're interested in booking your school email Dana Papanicolas.


The Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized is the World’s premier off-road racing series. The 2021 season marks the 47th year of championship GNCC Racing. 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


We use the Friday of every race weekend to come to local schools and talk about four main topics that are important to GNCC, our racers, and your students! The topics we teach can be used in school as well as the real world. Every race we pick a select few GNCC racers, including the fastest female racer in the world, to visit and speak with students about these topics and experiences with their goals, bad days, and resilience to keep going. GNCC teaches kids that they can do whatever they put their mind to as long as they believe and put in the hard work!


  1. Dream Big
    Short term vs. long term goal setting
  2. Step Up, Not On
    How to deal with bullies in and out of school
  3. Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win
    Why it’s important to never give up
  4. Safety First
    How to safely dress to ride a motorcycle or ATV


Our group will consist of approximately 3-5 professional off-road motorcycle and ATV athletes who have extensive experience working with youth, in both academic settings and at the race track. Our racers are credible in the aforementioned subjects for the following reasons:

1. Goal Setting - Throughout their journey to becoming one of the best in their sport, our athletes have learned how to set personal goals--both long term and short term--in order to outline their career path and lifestyle.

2. Anti-Bullying - Our athletes most likely were not involved in school sponsored activities growing up, as they participated in racing outside the community. They can help students realize that everyone has a niche and through relatable experiences, show the importance of tolerance and acceptance of others.

3. Never give up - In cross-country racing, these athletes compete for 2-3 hours at a time, battling through fatigue, difficult obstacles and tough competition. Mental toughness is a must and with a few key tips, the racers will relate their experiences on-track to education and life situations.

4. Safety - Racing motorcycles and ATV’s is undoubtedly dangerous compared to most sports, but our racers want to stress the importance of safety gear and awareness while riding any type of machinery. 


Our goal is to speak to students as a group, preferably in an auditorium or gym setting. To visualize what our racers actually do, we would like to bring an ATV and motorcycle to display on the floor. The machines will not be started or used, but will provide a good visual. 


The presentation will last for 40-45 minutes total. As athletes speak to the students, they will also take time to conduct interactive activities with the crowd. This may require volunteers to come in front of the group for a contest or game. 


There is no cost for this program. GNCC Racers will use this opportunity to not only create a positive impact on students, but to inform them of the upcoming GNCC race in your community. In doing so, the athletes will give away promotional items such as FREE admission tickets and other special prizes. 


"So thank you to the GNCC Racing network and the team members who went to Buffalo Elementary School to deliver such a powerful and uplifting message. While the successes you enjoy in racing are impressive, your willingness to support efforts to make a positive impact in the lives of our children is even more impressive and even more worthy of celebration."
- The Union Times Newspaper, Buffalo Elementary School

"My students can't stop talking about the presentation, and it was a powerful message. Thank you for bringing this program to us!"
- Jessica Cooper, Guidance Counselor, Mount Markham Central School 

"I really enjoyed the fact that the program relates to real life situations, and that it intertwines anti-bullying with a fun and interesting sport. The program reinforces many of our school's beliefs."
- Mark Smith, Guidance Counselor, Berlin Brothersvalley Middle School

"The message was great for our students, and it reinforces a lot of our beliefs. It showed our students that you have to work hard to chase your dreams, and that no matter what education is still important." 
- Dawn Yerkie, Principal, Mount Markham Central School 


Please see the information below to contact Dana with specific questions about the presentation anytime. For general questions and to get your school signed up for the program, please contact Dana Papanicolas at the information below.

Click HERE to view a PDF version of the On-Track School Flyer

Dana Papanicolas
304.284.0084 | [email protected]

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