The following rules and regulations are solely applicable to Grand National Cross Country events. Please direct all questions and inquiries to Racer Productions, Inc. All decisions by Racer Productions are final.
- Classes/Minimum Age Requirement/Engine Displacement:
BIKES AGE ENGINE DISPLACEMENT XC1 Open Pro 17 122cc-Open 2/4 Stroke XC2 250 Pro 16* 122-250cc 2/4 Stroke XC3 125 Pro-Am 15 122-125cc 2-Stroke WXC 16* 122cc-Open 2/4 Stroke
*Bike Competitors finishing within the Top 20 overall the previous year may be 15 years of age at the time of the event; XC1 ATV competitors finishing within the Top 20 overall the previous year must be 16 years of age at the time of the event.
ATV AGE ENGINE DISPLACEMENT XC1 Pro 17 201-450cc XC2 Pro-Am 16 201-450cc 4x4 Pro 16 201-1000cc WXC 16 201-Opencc
- Race Length:
Division Length Bike Pro 2:40 to 3-hr ATV Pro 1:50 to 2-hr WXC/4x4 Pro 1:45 to 2-hr
- Pro Row:
Bikes: Pro Row parking is reserved for previous year’s Top 10 Overall riders and will be assigned by GNCC. Other riders associated with a Top 10 team may pit from Pro Row only upon approval from GNCC. “B” class riders may not pit from Pro Row.
ATV: Pro Row parking is reserved for previous year’s Top 10 Overall riders, then for remaining XC1 riders as room allows, and will be assigned by GNCC. Other riders associated with a Pro Row team may pit from Pro Row only upon approval from GNCC. ATV Pro Row must be evacuated by 6 PM race day.
- Inclement Weather:
Events may be conducted regardless of weather conditions. In the event of rain or other unfavorable conditions, it may be necessary to alter the order of the event schedule, including but not limited to, adjusting the length of the race or delaying or stopping the program completely. Should a delay occur, every effort will be made to resume the schedule in a timely fashion if conditions significantly improve.
- Pit Vehicles: (SxS, mule, golf cart, pit bike, scooter) (Max. width: 64”): Pit vehicles are permitted for the convenience of ADULTS (18+) only and may be operated by PERMIT ONLY. Race machines may not be used as pit vehicles at any time during the event. Pit vehicles must be used responsibly and are strictly prohibited from entering the woods or accessing the racecourse, and may not be used to carry any tools, tires, parts, gear, fuel cans, pit boards, etc., that can be used to assist a racer in any manner during the race. Crew members are prohibited from using pit vehicles or any licensed motor vehicle during the Pro race, or to access the racecourse via public roads, with the following exception: for the Snowshoe event only, licensed motor vehicles may be used to transport crew members to the bottom and/or top of the mountain. Pit Vehicle Curfew is 10 PM.
- Medical Insurance: GNCC Racing does not provide medical insurance for competitors, and we urge you not to compete without it. Medical insurance is the sole responsibility of the competitor.
- Sponsor Village is designated a “No Motorized Vehicles – Foot Traffic Only” zone. Only authorized motor vehicles permitted in Sponsor Village.
- Bicycles are restricted from the following areas:
a. The eMTB racecourse during the eMTB race (unless competing in the event); and
b. The Micro racecourse during the Micro races.
B. RACE NUMBERS:
- The following number plate color codes are required:
Class Plate Number PMS Code XC1/4x4 Pro Red White PMS 032 C XC2 Green White PMS 354 C XC3 White Blue Process Blue WXC Blue White Process Blue
The following number plate color codes are recommended:
Class Plate Number PMS Code XC1 Points Leader White Red PMS 032 C XC2 Points Leader White Green PMS 354 C
- Front plate numbers must be a minimum of 5.5” H. The current GNCCRacing.com logo must be displayed across the top of the front plate. At minimum, the sticker will be 1” H x 8” W and is provided by GNCC Racing. Only numbers and the approved GNCC Racing logo are permitted on the front number plates. Digital GNCC logo files may be requested from GNCC Racing for the purpose of third-party production.
Click HERE for Front Number Plate specs.
- Side plate numbers must be a minimum of 3” H. The remaining space may be used for rider sponsor signage.
- Race numbers must be clearly visible on the rider's back.
- ATV machines must have a number plate with rider number mounted on the rear grab bar.
C. RIDER ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION:
- XC1/XC2 (Bikes): The following riders are required to compete in either the XC1 or XC2 class:
a. Top 10 overall riders from previous year's GNCC, unless eligible for an age division, i.e., (25+). Provided, however, riders who have earned two XC2 championships in the past 5 years are required to compete in XC1.
b. Top 5 overall riders from previous year's AMA National Enduro, AMA National Hare & Hound, EnduroXcross, SCORE, Best-In-The-Desert (BITD) or WORCS series;
c. Riders earning a gold medal during the previous 3 years at the ISDE in the World Trophy or Junior World Trophy division, unless eligible for an age or gender class;
d. International riders currently holding a top 3 overall ranking in their home country's national championship of similar type event;
e. Riders placing 11-25 overall the previous year are eligible, but not required to race XC1/XC2; or
f. By promoter discretion.
g. “A” riders advancing to the XC1/XC2 class may return to the “A” division at any time without penalty.
- XC2/XC3 (Bikes): The following riders are eligible, but not required, to compete in the XC2/XC3 class:
a. Riders placing 11-50 overall the previous year;
b. Top 3 overall riders from previous year’s GNCC “A” classes.
c. Former XC1 competitors (subject to subsection (f);
d. Current or former AMA Pro Motocross license holders; or
e. By promoter discretion.
f. Former GNCC, AMA National Enduro, AMA National Hare & Hound, EnduroXcross, SCORE, Best-In-The-Desert (BITD) or WORCS overall national champions in the past 4 years are not eligible for the XC2 or XC3 class.
- XC1 Pro (ATV): The following riders are required to compete in the XC1 Pro class:
a. Riders earning a Top 15 overall ranking the two previous consecutive years, unless eligible for an age class; or
b. By promoter discretion.
c. Riders placing 11-25 overall the previous year are eligible, but not required to compete in the XC1 Pro class.
- XC2 Pro-Am (ATV): The following riders are eligible, but not required, to compete in the XC2 Pro-Am class:
a. Riders placing 11-50 overall the previous year;
b. Top 3 overall riders from previous year’s GNCC “A” classes;
c. Top 5 overall riders from previous year's ATVMX or WORCS Pro-Am classes; or
d. By promoter discretion.
e. Former GNCC, WORCS or ATVMX Pro overall national champions in the past 3 years are not eligible for the XC2 Pro-Am class.
- 4x4 Pro (ATV): The following riders are eligible to compete in the 4x4 Pro class:
a. Riders competing in the 4x4 Pro class the previous year;
b. Top 5 overall riders from previous year’s GNCC “A” classes; or
c. By promoter discretion.
- WXC: The following riders are eligible, but not required, to compete in the WXC class:
a. Riders competing in the WXC class the previous year;
b. Top 5 overall riders from previous year's Women Amateur classes; or
c. By promoter discretion.
- Promoter Discretion: To apply for approval to compete in a class pursuant to Promoter Discretion, riders must submit a Race Resume outlining their race experience and accomplishments, with references, to [email protected]. Race Resumes should be submitted no less than two weeks prior to the event for which approval is sought.
D. MACHINE RESTRICTIONS AND CLASSIFICATION:
- XC1/XC2 (ATV): Fuel tanks are limited to a 4-gallon maximum capacity. Production models only.
- 4x4 Pro: 4-wheel or 2-wheel drive shaft or chain driven automatic transmission/clutch production models that come with or without rack or rack availability as standard equipment.
- ATV Production Rule: OEM motor and matching frame combination model required (matching year NOT required). 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.
- Riders may not carry gasoline anywhere except inside the machine's fuel tank. Aftermarket fuel tanks are permitted; Auxiliary/Extension fuel tanks are not permitted. (Note: This rule differs from the AMA Racing Rulebook.)
- All machines must have silencers.
- All machines must have a working kill switch (bikes) or tether cord (ATV).
- For the 4x4 Pro and WXC classes only, no more than one (1) horn device is permitted for alerting competitors that are about to be overtaken. Horns must be activated by a button and not a switch. Air/electric horns are permitted; Sirens are prohibited. Horn volume and tone will be at the sole discretion of GNCC Racing. Otherwise, no horns, bells or other sound devices permitted in any other class.
- Machine sound level cannot exceed 98 dB/A.
- Machines may be tested by officials any time prior to, during or after the event.
- Long sleeve shirts/jerseys are required for all competitors.
E. REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:
- ATV XC1/XC2, 4x4 Pro, and WXC racers may only compete in one race per day. Bike XC1/XC2/XC3 racers may only compete in one race per weekend.
- Riders must register for the race before riding their machine anywhere, may not exceed 1st gear idle when traveling to/from their pit area, and must always wear a helmet. Warm-up riding is limited to the start area and only after an official has given permission and the rider has registered for the event.
- Riders must first obtain a transponder. Units can be purchased/rented at each event. For best results, mount the unit on the rider’s chest protector or on the front fender. Transponders have a 2-year battery life from the date printed on the unit. Once the unit fails to read at Tech Inspection, or exceeds the battery life, riders must purchase/rent a new unit.
- Riders will receive two numbered Helmet Tags for emergency back-up scoring, to be placed on either side of the helmet chin area, and a class color-coded tag to be placed on the back of the helmet. Helmet tags may not be trimmed less than 3”.
- All machines and rider helmets must be taken through Tech Inspection prior to racing for the purpose of inspecting transponder functionality, Helmet Tag placement, number assignment, and contingency eligibility. Safety equipment and machine eligibility are the sole responsibility of the rider.
F. START PROCEDURE:
- Start Selection: The Start Horn will signal that the XC1 Class will line up in 15 minutes. XC1, 4x4 Pro and WXC classes will line up during Opening Ceremonies. XC2 and XC3 classes will select start positions immediately after the start of their respective morning Amateur race. Place markers will be provided for this purpose.
- Start Rows:
XC1 Row 1 XC2 Row 2 XC3 Row 3
- Start Positions:
a. XC1 Class: Start positions for Round 1 only will be determined by the Top 10 XC1 finishers from the previous year’s Overall point standings. For the remaining rounds, the current Top 10 XC1 in Overall points will get the first 10 start picks.
b. XC2/XC3/4x4/WXC Pro Class: Start positions for Round 1 only will be determined by the Top 10 finishers from the previous year’s Class point standings. For the remaining rounds, the current Top 10 in Class point standings will get the first 10 start picks.
c. Riders will draw for remaining positions at the time of registration.
d. Riders must be prepared to line up when called or risk losing their start position choice.
e. The Start Line and all refueling areas will be designated a “No Smoking Zone”.
- Snowshoe: For the Snowshoe PM Pro event only, a block of rows will be designated for each class. The Top 20 overall in series points, regardless of class, will start on the first four rows. Thereafter, the remaining Top 5 in class points will start on the first row designated for the class. The remainder of the class will draw for Start Row assignment at registration.
- The Riders Meeting will be conducted on the Start Line prior to opening ceremonies. All riders are responsible for attending. Machines must be dead engine during Riders Meeting.
- Upon the official’s signal, all persons must clear the Start Line for opening ceremonies.
- GNCC is a dead engine start. When the track is cleared for the start:
a. The blue flag will signal all riders to shut down their engines.
b. 30 seconds later the Referee will extend his arm to signal “10 Seconds” before the start of the race.
c. At the “10 Seconds” signal, all crew members must step behind the riders and may have no physical contact with a rider or their machine.
d. Between 8 and 10 seconds, the green flag will be thrown, signaling the start of the race.
- Early Starts: Riders starting their machines prior to the green flag signal or taking off early or with the wrong row will be penalized. Whenever possible, riders in violation of the start procedure will be stopped and held at the Finish Line on the first lap for a pre-determined time penalty, in lieu of a post-race position or timed penalty. As a rule of thumb, riders who start their engine prior to the green flag and shut it down completely without disruption to other riders will be held for 15: seconds; riders who start their engine prior to the green flag but do not shut it down completely before the start will be held for 30: seconds; riders who start their engine and take off early prior to the green flag will be docked one lap. Any engine started between the time the Referee fully extends his arm to signal “10 Seconds” and the green flag is thrown, will be considered in violation of this rule.
- Riders missing the start of their class must enter the racecourse at the start line and complete the start chute.
- The machine a rider leaves the starting line with is the official machine of the rider for that event and may not be switched during the event.
- ATV riders are required to start the event with their tether cord properly affixed and in working order.
G. THE COURSE:
- A GNCC course may include trails, footpaths, roads, hills, motocross tracks, or any type of terrain which can be negotiated by a motorcycle or ATV.
- The pro course will be marked with Red Arrows on a white background and Black Arrows on an orange background.
- The course will be open for inspection commencing on Saturday for XC1/XC2/XC3 Bikes, and Friday through Sunday for all other classes. Competitors are permitted to walk or bicycle the course only; e-MTBs or non-throttle pedal-assist cycles are permitted for this purpose.
- Marking, cutting, tampering with or otherwise changing the course in any manner is strictly prohibited. Course modifications may only be made by an official.
- No one, except officials and riders officially entered in the race program, may ride on the racecourse at any time during the event.
- Riders will be disqualified for riding a GNCC course during the 7 days prior to the first day of the event.
- Motocross Tracks: The infield of a motocross track is a restricted area, accessible by race officials and staff only. Trackside pitting is prohibited inside the fence barrier of a motocross track, and team members and race fans must remain outside the fence line.
- Transponder scoring is the official scoring procedure for GNCC.
- There will be three checkpoints throughout the racecourse: one at the Finish Line and two Outpost checkpoints. Riders must come to a complete stop at the Finish Line checkpoint, but not at the Outpost checkpoints.
- Checkpoints are "No Passing" The section from the Finish Line to the Finish Line checkpoint is a "No Passing" zone. In addition, checkpoints will be marked with double arrows, indicating riders must stay within the confines of the course markers.
- Riders may not be serviced or pitted in the area between the Finish Line and the Finish Line checkpoint or in the area immediately after the Finish Line checkpoint.
- GPS Devices: Upon request by Race Officials, Pro competitors must wear GPS devices during competition. All such GPS devices will be provided by GNCC Racing and must be returned immediately upon completion of the race. Competitors will be responsible for the safe return of the device.
I. ON TRACK REGULATIONS:
- Riders must remain on the marked course. The marked course is within 25 feet of race arrows. However, riders must stay within the confines of the following markers: DoubleStriped Placards posted on both sides of the trail, ribbons, signs, stakes, hay bales, barrels, motocross track, grass track, etc..
- Riders encountering a traffic jam or bottleneck may go more than 25 feet off the course to get around the bottleneck only. However, the rider must re-enter the course as soon as possible, and upon approaching this section the next lap, must ride the original arrowed section if the track is clear. If the original marking devices are knocked down, the rider must stay on the original marked course. A "bottleneck" is a section of the track that becomes impassable for any reason, with the exception of checkpoints.
- Riders may not cut to the inside of a white pole corner marker.
- Riders may not carry gasoline anywhere except inside the machine's fuel tank.
- Riders must fuel in their designated Pro Pit area. In the event a rider runs completely out of fuel, he may obtain fuel from any source along the racecourse, sufficient only enough to allow him to return to his designated Pro Pit area, where he MUST stop and refuel, regardless of whether he needs the fuel to complete the race, unless his designated Pro Pit area is beyond the finish line and the race is complete. To constitute being “completely” out of fuel, the motor must shut off on its own. Violation of this provision will result in a minimum penalty of one position.
- If a rider leaves the course for any reason they must re-enter where they left the course. Provided, however, that a rider may not leave the racecourse for the purpose of obtaining fuel.
- With the exception of fueling, riders may make repairs and otherwise receive mechanical assistance anywhere along the course from anyone. All such repairs and assistance must be made without causing interference with other riders and in a suitable area off the racetrack.
- Proper Passing. Riders who are about to be overtaken by faster riders should hold their line and not impede the progress of the faster rider, AND WHEN CONDITIONS ALLOW, they should move over to allow the rider overtaking them to pass unimpeded. Riders about to be overtaken may also point downward to either their left or their right to signal to the faster rider the side that it is safe to pass.
- Radios are permitted between pit crew members, but not with or between a rider.
- Reckless Riding. No rider may ride in such a manner as to endanger life or limb of other riders, officials or the public. Riders will be penalized for the reckless operation of their machine, including but not limited to the deliberate ramming, blocking or intentional contact with another rider, or for running into an official.
- Team Tactics are prohibited and include but are not limited to: altering the race course, marking the race course, blocking course lines, blocking riders, allowing another rider to pass in order to affect the outcome of the race, or exchanging machines in order for another rider to continue the race. Riders, team members or spectators involved will be penalized, including but not limited to disqualification, removal and suspension from GNCC.
- Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Persons whose appearance, conduct, associations or affiliations, on or off the track, deemed harmful or otherwise not conducive to the best interest of the sport or who exhibit conduct deemed inappropriate, offensive, abrasive or in bad taste, may be excluded or suspended from GNCC at the discretion of the Race Director.
Participants engaged in any event, public appearance, media activity or any other situation relating to their participation in the series must refrain from intentional physical contact with any participant, inappropriate or profane language, fraud, and unsportsmanlike behavior. At the sole discretion of GNCC, participants who exhibit behaviors deemed inappropriate or unsportsmanlike, prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of the sport, or detract from the enjoyment, appreciation or interests of the fans, sponsors or other supporters of the sport, may be penalized by monetary fine, docking of championship points, or both. Such penalties are not subject to protest or appeal.
J. RACE FINISHES:
- The race officially ends for all contestants at the completion of the lap in which the checkered flag is displayed to the winner.
- To be considered as having completed a lap, the rider must remain with his machine with his helmet on, at all times, and both rider and machine must cross the plane of the checkered flag under the rider’s own unaided ability. No credit will be given for any distance covered during which time the rider’s helmet was removed.
- Towing is not allowed. Racers whose disabled machines are towed back to the pit area by staff or otherwise, for any reason, are not eligible to return to competition. Any laps earned by a racer that returns to competition after receiving a tow back to the pit area will be removed. If a racer desires to repair their machine and return to the competition, they must decline the offer to tow their machine back to the pit area. This rule does not apply to racers towed only a short distance in order to dislodge the machine from a track obstacle (i.e., mud pit, deep rut, ravine, etc.) or to bump-start their machine.
- Riders will be scored in order of their finish and number of laps completed. It is not necessary to complete all laps in order to receive a score.
- Overall: The overall for the event will be awarded to the overall winner of the race, regardless of class entered.
- Podium: The Top (3) Overall and Top (3) finishers per class will be recognized on the podium;
- Burnouts on the podium are prohibited. Violation of this provision will result in a penalty, including but not limited to fine and/or disqualification.
- Results: Racers have 50 minutes to finish the race after the overall winner takes the checkered flag. A rider may question the results within the 30-minute period following posting of final results. After 30 minutes, awards will be given out and results will be final.
- Impound: If directed, the top 3 overall riders, as well as any other rider requested by an official to do so, must leave their machines at a designated impound area for post-race inspection until released by the official.
- Protests must be in writing and comply with the GNCC Protest Procedure. Riders may only protest matters regarding a class in which they were a registered participant.
- Penalties will be assessed at the discretion of the Race Director based on the severity of the offense, and may include one or more of the following: position(s), lap(s), time adjustment, disqualification, suspension, loss of championship points, loss of prize money, fine, probation, etc. A sliding penalty severity scale may be imposed for repeat offenders. A Penalty Log will be maintained for this purpose.
- Purse earnings will be distributed via the GNCC Direct Deposit Program. All riders earning a purse must submit a Direct Deposit Application, available HERE.
K. VIDEO REVIEW GUIDELINES:
Video evidence of alleged course violations will be reviewed as follows:
- The video must be submitted by a racer in the competition or their authorized representative in a timely manner, i.e., within 30 minutes after the results are posted.
- The video should contain a continuous feed of the section of the racecourse where the alleged violation occurred, including footage of riders on the same team submitting the video whenever possible. Short clips of opposing team riders only may not be considered in the sole discretion of the official.
- A Video Submittal Statement must be submitted with the video, identifying the location on the course where the video was taken, the lap the video was taken, the race rule alleged to have been violated, the riders alleged to have violated the race rule, the person who took the video, and a statement by the person submitting the video declaring whether or not the rider or riders on their team took the same line. Officials may refuse to review video submitted with unclean hands, i.e., in bad faith.
- Team Managers authorized to represent racers in the competition are expected to bring race violations or course problems to the immediate attention of race officials so that the problem may be addressed as soon as possible in order to help preserve the integrity of the race and the racecourse.
L. MECHANICS AND PRO PIT AREA
- Riders are responsible for the actions of their entire pit crew.
- Pit areas must be maintained in a clean and professional manner. Mechanics and pit crew members must present a clean and neat appearance. Mechanics are encouraged to be in uniform designating a rider or team name. All other persons in the pro pits must dress appropriately.
- Alcohol is prohibited in the pro pits during pro racing.
- Unleashed pets are prohibited in the pro pits during pro racing.
- Smoking is prohibited in the pro pits during pro racing.
M. NATIONAL CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS:
All Pro classes will be recognized as separate National Class Championships. Class Championships will be determined by the rider’s best finishes in the following number of events:
For the XC1 Class, class ranking shall be consistent with the Overall National ranking, exclusive of riders in other classes.
Ties: Ties for the class championship (exclusive of the XC1 class) will be broken by the most first place finishes, then by the most second place finishes, etc., until the tie is broken. Ties for all other positions in the 1 pm Pro Race will be broken by the higher national ranking; Ties for all other positions in the 10 am Race will be broken by the higher overall finish in the final race of the season.
N. NATIONAL OVERALL NUMBER ASSIGNMENT:
The electronic scoring system provides a complete overall race finish for each event. Points will be accumulated for National Number assignment and can be viewed as a gage toward overall ranking for the year.
Final National Overall Numbers for the 1 pm Pro Race will be assigned based on overall points earned and will be awarded to the Top 20 overall first, regardless of the number of events entered, then to the remaining riders based on overall finish in at least 9 events and as many as 11 events. Bike Numbers 111 through 119 and 174, are reserved for visiting champions.
The Overall National Champion, 4x4 Pro and WXC National Champions will be awarded the National Number “1” plates and shall be required to display the Number “1” plate the next season. In the event the XC2 Bike class champion is eligible to remain in the XC2 class, he may also display the XC2 Number “1” plate, so long as the required plate color codes are complied with. Pro-Am class champions may not display a #1 plate.
The Top 5 in the 4x4 Pro class and the WXC classes may display their class ranking number in lieu of the overall earned number, so long as the number plate color codes set forth in Section B.1 above are followed.
Ties: Ties in the top 20 National Numbers in the 1 pm Pro Race will be broken by the most first place overall finishes, then by the most second place overall finishes, etc., until the tie is broken. Ties for remaining national numbers will be broken by the higher overall finish in the final race of the season.
O. NATIONAL POINTS SCALE
National Class Championship and Overall National Number points will be earned as follows per event:
P. MANUFACTURER CHAMPIONSHIP
A Manufacturer Championship will be awarded for both the motorcycle and ATV disciplines. To establish the Manufacturer Champion, points will be awarded per race to each manufacturer for its two (2) highest placed overall finishers. The same Championship point scale and tie-breaker procedure set forth above shall be used to determine the Manufacturer Championship.