- How do I go GNCC Racing?
What you really need to do is show up and race! When you get to the track, you will pay a gate fee for each person in your group 7 years or older. You will also pay your race entry fee and we will give you a number for the race. GNCC is scored by transponder scoring, so you will need to rent or purchase a transponder and mount it on your machine. Transponders are available at Rider Registration. You will then head to tech inspection. Your machine must be in good running order and fit your class rules. At tech inspection, we check barcode and transponder placement, number assignment, contingency eligibility and we may perform a sound test. Ultimately, safety equipment and machine eligibility are the sole responsibility of the rider. Riders' meetings are held 20 minutes before the start of each race on the starting line. After the meeting, it's time to go racing!
- What are the sign-up times?
ATV registration begins Friday at 4 pm and continues Saturday at 7:00 am, with preference given to the 8:00 am Youth Race participants.
Bike registration is Saturday from 2 to 6 pm and continues Sunday at 7:00 am, with preference given to the 8:00 am Youth Race participants.
- Is there Pre-Registration?
Yes, if you have a reserved number, you are eligible for pre-entry. Just go to the "Pre-Registration" sub-tab under the Rider Services tab. You can also click the button on our homepage that says “Pre-Registration”.
- What safety gear is required?
All riders must have a helmet, goggles, gloves, pants, long-sleeve shirt and boots that go over the ankles. Chest protectors are not required but are recommended. Nerf bars are not required for ATVs, but all ATVs must have an operational tether cord kill switch. AMA equipment rules apply.
- How long is each GNCC race?
This depends on the class you enter. All races are run as close to the following total times as possible:
ATV Youth: 1 hour
ATV AM: 2 hours
ATV PM: 2 hours
Bike Youth: 90 minutes
Bikes AM: 2 hours
Bikes PM: 3 hours (and no less than 2 hours and 40 minutes)
Bike Micros (Saturday 4:30 PM @ select events): 30 minutes
ATV Micros (Saturday 5 PM @ select events): 30 minutes
Single Seat UTV (Saturday 9 AM @ select events): 30-40 minutes
UTV (Saturday 4 PM @ select events): 1 hour
- How long is each course?
Course lengths may vary.
- Youth classes run a 3-5 mile course.
- ATVs run a 8-10 mile course.
- Bikes run a 8-12 mile course.
- UTVs run a 4-5 mile course.
- Single Seat UTVs run a 1.5-2 mile course
- What is the starting procedure?
We’ll explain the start procedure at the Riders Meeting, but we’ll also do it here. First, riders, pit crew members, machines and equipment are not permitted on the starting line until a race official officially opens the starting line. Riders line up by class on their assigned starting row on a first come basis when directed by that race official.
All starts are dead engine (engine off) with the exception of Micros which are live engine. The blue flag will signal all riders to turn off their engines. After the blue flag, the start is approximately 30 seconds away. Then, the starter will hold out his left arm, signifying 10 Seconds to the start. In addition, the announcer will yell "10 Seconds." At the '10 Seconds' signal, all crew members must step away. Between 8 and 10 seconds after the '10 seconds' call, the starter will wave the green flag, and the race is on! Any rider taking off with the wrong row will be penalized, and any rider that misses the start of their class must enter the racecourse at the starting line and complete the start chute.
- What color of arrows do I follow on the course?
- Bike: Black Arrow on Orange Background
- ATV: Red Arrow on White Background
- Youth: Blue Arrow on White Background
- Micro/UTV: Black Arrow on White background
- Single Seat: Green Arrow on White background
- Do I need an AMA or other membership card?
Yes, an AMA Membership is required in order to participate in GNCC Racing. There are four different membership options: $49 Annual Adult membership; $29 Annual Youth (4-11) membership; $98 Annual Family membership for up to five family members, and a $20 Single Day membership for GNCC riders who only compete with us once a year.
The $49 Annual Adult are available online. You will need to call AMA for the $29 Annual Youth (4-11) membership and the $98 Annual Family memberships at 1.800.AMA.Join. Make sure you tell them you are a GNCC Racer joining under the Racer Productions Affiliate program and request the Dirt issue of the AMA magazine. If you join online, you can printout your temporary card and use it at registration.
Renew or get your membership online in advance by clicking HERE.
- Do I need insurance or do you provide the insurance?
The rider is responsible for obtaining medical insurance. We do not provide rider medical insurance, and we encourage you not to ride without it.
- What class should I compete in?
This depends mostly on your age and riding ability, and also on your machine's engine size, type and modifications. Remember these are long races – so your ability and fitness will make a bigger difference than what you’re used to riding. For example, an ATV rider with a Suzuki LT-Z400 can enter either in the First Year Racer, C, B or A level classes, depending on his age and skill level. Classes are dependent on your experience and speed, not the equipment. We recommend riders start in a morning class, such as the First Year or C/Novice class, and then work their way to the B/Intermediate and then A/Expert divisions as they gain experience and speed. The First Year Racer class is strictly for those riders who are in their first year of competition ever.Same for bike racers - a rider with a Suzuki RM-Z450 can race the Open A, B, or C class or one of the age classes, but we recommend they start in one of the C/Novice classes and work toward the other classes.
The “C” class is strictly a beginner's or novice class and is for riders who have not been ranked in the top five of their class from the previous year and earning at least 50% of the points earned by the class champion in the previous year’s GNCC. All GNCC classes allow modifications. However, modifications are limited in the ATV 90cc Limited classes. The rules for these classes are explained below. Also, the ATV XC1, XC2, Sport, Schoolboy, and all of the 4x4 and Youth classes, are production classes and require an OEM-based motor and matching frame combination (the rules for these classes are also explained below).
A rider of the proper age can also race an age class, such as Vet (30+) or Senior (40+), with any Bike or ATV.
If you race in any other series, keep this in mind: whatever class you race in your local series (i.e., A, B or C) you MUST also race in the GNCC Series. So if you race B in your local district or local series, you will ride the B class in GNCC. This applies whether your series is an AMA series or not. Riders do not get to "drop down" a class for the GNCC Series. For example, if you race “A” in SETRA, FTR, NMA, Mid-South, Mid-East, OMA, WNYOA, etc., you must race “A” in GNCC.
- What do I do if I am advanced to a higher class mid-season by my local series?
If you are advanced in your local series prior to the end of that series, then you must also advance to the higher classification in the GNCC series. However, if you are advanced in your local series at the completion of your local series, then you may continue to race in your original GNCC class, so long as you do not voluntarily race in the higher classification prior to the start of the new local season. Sound confusing? For example, the SETRA series starts in September and ends in June, which is mid-season for GNCC. If you start the GNCC series in the “B” class, and are also riding the “B” class in SETRA, then you are in the correct class. But if at the end of the SETRA season in June you are advanced to the “A” class in SETRA, then you may continue to race “B” class in GNCC, so long as you do not race in any “A” class any time prior to the beginning of the new SETRA season in September.
- Can I race in more than one class?
In most cases, no. Since most classes run at the same time, this is virtually impossible. You cannot participate in the morning Bike or ATV race and then participate in the afternoon race. However, amateur riders can compete in an ATV, Single Seat, UTV and Bike class in one weekend.
- What kind of modifications can I make to my machine?
Again, the only classes with restrictions on modifications are the ATV 90cc Limited classes. Also, the ATV XC1, XC2, Sport, Schoolboy, and all 4x4 and Youth classes are production classes, and require an OEM-based motor and matching frame combination (the rules for these classes are also explained below).
All modifications are legal in all other classes. Also, a tether cord is required for ATVs. Spark arrestors and nerf bars are not required.
- What is the sound limit for GNCC Racing?
GNCC Racing will tolerate sound levels within reason, however a sound level higher than 98 dB/A will not be tolerated, and GNCC Racing reserves the right to penalize and/or disqualify the machine from competition. Be prepared to have your sound level tested at tech inspection, but GNCC Racing reserves the right to test machines at any time.
- Can I race my 450cc 4-Stroke in a 250cc class? Can I race my 250cc 4-Stroke in the 200cc class?
No. GNCC does not permit handicapping for 4-strokes in adult classes.The class cc limits apply to both 2-Stroke and 4-Stroke machines.
- Where can I ride the Honda CRF150R?
a. The CRF150R has the smaller wheels (Front 17", Rear 14") and is only eligible for the Super Mini classes (12-13) and (14-15).
b. The CRF150R Expert has the bigger wheels (Front 19", Rear 16") and is eligible for both Super Mini classes (12-13) and (14-15), 85 (12-13), Girls (8-15) and Trail Rider (7-15), as well as any of the adult bike classes where the rider qualifies either by age or skill level and the cc limits are met.
- Are Big Wheel bikes legal to race in the non- Big Wheel 85cc classes? Are 85cc bikes with regular wheels legal in the Super Mini classes?
No. Big Wheel (19 inch front/16 inch rear) bikes are not eligible in the 85cc regular wheel (17 inch front /14 inch rear) classes. However, a regular wheel bike may participate in the Super Mini classes. The minimum age to race a Big Wheel bike is 12. However, you can ride a Big Wheel bike in the 200cc adult classes so long as you did not also compete in the Youth race on the same day.
- What are the entry fees?
This depends on the class you decide to compete in. The following fees apply:
- XC1 Entry Fee: $100; top-15 purse
- XC2 250 Pro (16-24) (Bike) Entry Fee: $60; top-5 purse
- XC2 Pro-Am (ATV) Entry Fee: $50; top-3 purse
- XC3 125 Pro-Am (Bike) Entry Fee: $50; top-3 purse
- 4x4 Pro Entry Fee: $50; top-3 purse
- Amateur Entry Fee: $50 at the event; $40 online pre-entry
- Youth/Micro Entry Fee: $30 at the event; $25 online pre-entry
- UTV XC1 Entry Fee: $200 per team; top-5 purse
- Other UTV Classes Entry Fee: $120 per team
- Single Seat UTV Entry Fee: $50 at the event; $40 online pre-entry
- Do you accept checks or credit cards?
We accept American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover . We accept checks on the basis that you have a credit card to support it if it is returned to us.
- What is the gate admission and who pays?
The gate admission is $20 for Adults 12 years and older, and $10 for Kids 6 to 11 years old. Everyone, including the rider, pays this fee with the exception of children 5 and under - they're FREE.. At Snowshoe, admission is $25 for Adults (12+) and $15 for Kids (6-11) for the weekend (this includes a ski lift ticket).
- Is camping available at the events? How much does it cost?
Yes, there is plenty of room for camping at all GNCC events. However, most camping is primitive. Furthermore, some campground facilities charge for camping due to the availability of amenities and hook-ups, such as Steele Creek.
Pitting and Practice
- Is there practice or a parade lap prior to the event?
No, there is no practice or parade lap at the GNCC races. However, there will be practice at the 2017 Round 1, VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC, for $20. Please see the event schedule for times. Participants are permitted to walk or bicycle the course only. The course will be open to inspection Friday after 3 p.m. However, XC1/XC2 (Bike & ATV) riders may inspect the race course the day of the race only.
- Can I ride a pit bike, motorcycle or ATV around the course as a spectator at the event?
No. All spectator and pit riding is prohibited.
- Where can I pit for gas and maintenance?
The Pro riders are the only riders required to pit in their designated pro pit area. Amateur riders can pit anywhere along the track, so long as they do not disrupt or interfere with the race. Furthermore, you may not pit within the vicinity of the Finish Line area. It is your discretion whether or not you use a pit crew, but it would definitely be to your advantage to do so.
- When should I pit for gas?
This is something that you will need to determine. You might want to test the timing of gassing at the 1-hour mark at home, prior to an event, to see how much gas you have used. This will give you a good estimate on when to pit during the race.
- Do I have to have a particular background color for my number plates?
We require the Pro, A and B riders that are running the series to comply with the background colors. If a novice rider is planning on participating in the entire series, we recommend that they run the appropriate background color as well.
- How do I get a number to use at the races?
Numbers are assigned based on series standings from the previous year, and can also be RESERVED by participants who raced at least six races last year. After round 4 of a season, riders who intend to run at least nine races can reserve a number for the rest of the season. You can reserve numbers by emailing GNCC Racing at [email protected].
If you don't have an assigned or reserved number, don't worry. We will give you a number to use for the day when you register. If you have numbers on your bike that don't match the numbers assigned by GNCC Racing, then you must remove or cover over the number prior to going to Tech Inspection.
- How are National Numbers assigned at the end of the year?
The national numbers are assigned to riders based on their overall finishes for the year. Amateur riders must enter at least nine races throughout the year to receive a number. All rounds count for XC1 and XC2 classes, except for the top 20 Overall, who will receive a top 20 ranking regardless of how many races they entered.
- How can someone who finished below me in the class standings have a better number than me?
Class rankings are determined by the rider's best nine races, but the national number rankings will calculate up to 11 finishes. Adding two more races to the points total can change the rankings.
- Can a youth rider participate in a higher youth age class?
Yes – but be careful! If you are a youth aged (7-11), you should ride the (7-11) year old class. If you voluntarily advance to an older age group, you will not be permitted to drop back to your age group. This applies even for local events. For example, if you are 11 years old and race in the (12-15) year old class at home, you cannot race in the (7-11) in GNCC. So be very careful before you voluntarily advance an age group before you are required to do so. For all youth classes, age is determined by the rider’s age as of January 1.
- What is the XC2 250 Pro (16-24) Bike class?
The XC2 250 Pro class is a stepping-stone from the A classes to the XC1 Pro class. The following riders are eligible, but are not required, to race XC2 250 Pro:
- Riders placing 11-50 overall the previous year;
- The top three overall riders from previous year’s GNCC "A" classes;
- Must be (16-24) years of age at the time of the event. Provided, however that riders 24 years of age as of March 5 will be permitted to compete in the class for the remainder of the season.
- Or by promoter discretion;
In other words, you must have permission to ride this class. Former GNCC, WORCS, National Enduro, National Hare & Hound or EnduroCross National Champions in the past 5 years are not eligible for the XC2 Pro class. Machines in this class are restricted to 122-250cc 2/4 Stroke models.
- What is the XC3 Bike class?
This is a new class for Pro-Am level riders, designed to be a stepping stone to the XC2 Pro class. The class is restricted to 122-125cc 2-stroke motorcycles only. There is no age limit in this class.
- I am a mechanic for a rider in the afternoon race. Can I race in the morning?
Yes. GNCC Racing will run a Sportsman class in the two-hour morning race on both ATV and Bike race days. The is an A/B skill level class and is open to riders on all machines of all ages who do not otherwise qualify for another morning class. Novice or “C” skill level riders are not eligible for this class. The Sportsman class is not eligible for national points, series awards or contingency. However, event awards are given.
- Are auxiliary gas tanks legal in the GNCC Youth Bike Series?
No. Auxiliary gas tanks are NOT LEGAL in any GNCC class. All gas must be carried in the machine's main tank, and not in auxiliary tanks on the rider, or on the handlebars, number plates, or any other locations on your bike or body. If you spot a competitor with an auxiliary tank, the standard protest procedure applies (find a GNCC official and we'll guide you through the process).
- What do I do if I have a question about the results?
If you want to question or dispute the results, just go to the Scoring Trailer at the Finish Line and ask the Technician inside the trailer to see your results. Usually, they will be able to explain your results to you and make any corrections. GNCC is scored electronically, and mistakes do happen, but we are usually able to catch them and correct them before the race is even over. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – it’s important that you understand the process and are comfortable with the results.
- What do I do if I want to protest the results or another rider?
If you are not satisfied with the results or you believe another competitor was not playing by the rules, then you need to go to Rider Registration and report your concerns there. If things can’t be worked out, you will be given an official Protest Form to complete and turn in to the GNCC Racing Referee. The GNCC Racing referee will then rule on the protest, which ruling can then be appealed to the AMA by the losing party. An appeal to the AMA must be accompanied by a $100 fee.
- What can I change on my 90cc ATV and still run the 90cc Limited class?
You can change the following equipment on your ATV and still be eligible for the limited class: Tires (but no Tire Balls), wheels (cannot change stock width), pipe, sprockets, gearing, clutch, twist throttle, handlebars, grips, handle bar pads, front bumper, rear grab bar, air filter and jetting. Fenders may be trimmed. No other modifications allowed, INCLUDING carburetors, oil injection, air box and lid, gas tank, wheelbase, width, rear axle, A-arm, shocks and suspension. Shifter models are not eligible for a limited class, and cannot be converted to auto clutch.
- What is the Production Rule for the ATV classes?
The Production Rule requires an OEM motor and matching frame combination. That means the frame and engine must come out of an ATV that is being manufactured by an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). The frame and motor do not have to be the same year. Frame geometry must remain as designed by the OEM, including all suspension pivot points. No aftermarket frames or motorcycle engines permitted. Otherwise, all modifications are legal, including engine modifications, frame reinforcements, aftermarket A-arms, caster brackets, swing-arms and suspension.
- Can a 4x4 ATV participate in non-utility classes?
Yes. So long as the rider meets the age requirement and the ATV meets the engine displacement for a class, a 4x4 utility ATV racer can participate in non-utility classes. The question is, why would you want to?
- What class can the Kawasaki V-Force KFX700 ATV compete in?
The V-Force is eligible for the U2 class (for automatic tranny quads without racks), as well as the standard classes, such as First Year Racer, Novice, B and A classes.
- What ATVs can compete in the Sport class?
Any 2-stroke machine with a maximum engine displacement of 400cc can compete in this class. No engine displacement reduction permitted, meaning, you cannot stroke down a 450cc machine to 400cc. This is a production class, and modifications are legal, but the class requires an OEM frame and matching engine combination. Gusseting or bracing the frame is legal. The minimum racer age is 15.
- What ATVs can be ridden in the XC1 Pro and XC2 Pro Am class?
These are Production classes. They require an OEM motor and matching frame combination machine. Frame geometry must remain as designed by the OEM, including all suspension pivot points. Engine modifications, frame reinforcements, and aftermarket A-arms, caster brackets, swing arms and suspension are permitted. Fuel tanks are limited to a four-gallon maximum capacity. The maximum engine displacement is 450cc.
- Who is eligible to ride the ATV XC1 Pro Class?
The Top 10 overall riders from the previous year's GNCC and the top 5 overall riders from the previous year's AMA Pro ATV or WORCS pro classes, are required to race Pro, unless otherwise eligible for an age class. Riders placing 11-25 overall the previous year are eligible, but not required, to race XC1Pro. Riders may also be eligible by promoter discretion.
- What is the ATV XC2 Pro Am class?
Likewise, the ATV XC2 Pro Am class is a stepping-stone from the A classes to the XC1 Pro class.
The following riders are eligible for, but not required to, race XC2 Pro Am:
- Riders placing 11-50 overall the previous year;
- The top three overall riders from the previous year’s GNCC "A" classes;
- The top 5 overall riders from the previous year’s ATVMX or WORCS Pro Am classes;
- Or by promoter discretion.
Production rules apply as well. Former GNCC, WORCS or ATVMX Pro National Champions in the past five years are not eligible for the Pro Am class.
- Can I collect series points competing in the First Year Racer Class?
No. This class is for riders new to the sport to initiate them with riding on a track or for the non-competitive casual rider. This class does not award series class points, contingencies or crown a champion at the end of the season. However, event awards are given.