GNCC Round 9 this weekend at Snowshoe resort-West Virginia

Posted by GNCC/MXSports, Yamaha on Jun 24th 2022

GNCC Round 9 this weekend at Snowshoe resort-West Virginia

Rd 9 - Yamaha Racing Snowshoe

Snowshoe Mountain Resort - Snowshoe, WV

Tomorrow - June 26, 2022

Est: 2007

2022 Admission:

Thurs - Sun: $40 Adult (12+) includes Ski Lift Ticket (Sales Tax Included)
Thurs - Sun: $15 Kids (6-11) includes Ski Lift Ticket (Sales Tax Included)

Fri - Sun: $30 Adult (12+) includes Ski Lift Ticket (Sales Tax Included)
Fri - Sun: $15 Kids (6-11) includes Ski Lift Ticket (Sales Tax Included)

2022 Facility/Grounds Fee:
$50 weekend fee for campers, RVs and large trailers.

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Special Information:

  1. This is NOT a Micro (50cc) Round; Therefore the Youth ATV race will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the AM ATV Race at 10 a.m. and the Pro ATV race at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
  2. 2022 GNCC University: The 2022 Yamaha GNCC University returns to Snowshoe Mountain Resort June 22-24, 2022. We’re bringing together Yamaha’s ATV and motorcycle racing elites to instruct in-depth courses on the fundamentals of racing and riding!
  3. 8th Annual Golf Tournament Team Fundraiser at Snowshoe Mountain Resort’s Raven Golf Club: Friday @ 9 AM. Click HERE for more information.
  4. ePeeWee (STACYC) Racing: FRIDAY @ 6 PM in The Village.
  5. This is a Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship round.
  6. Yamaha Demo Rides (Bottom of Ballhooter near Boathouse): TBA
  7. The Pride of West Virginia: WVU Drumline will be performing once again at the start of the races.
  8. GNCC Graduation: Saturday, June 25. Located in the Village @ 6:30 PM.
    Click HERE to register for Graduation.
  9. Please keep all dogs out of the village during evening activities.

Special Snowshoe Information:

  1. Ballhooter Lift on the Basin side of the mountain will be running during the GNCC race events to transport spectators back to the top of the mountain. Access to the ski lift is part of the spectator admission price.
  2. The Raven Golf Club features a Gary Player designed course nestled within the Appalachian Mountains, making it as scenic as it is challenging. Tee times are available 7 days a week.
  3. Snowshoe Outdoor Adventure offers backcountry sporting clays, segway tours, and adventure dining tours. The best way to ensure availability is to book your tours in advance through the Snowshoe website or by calling Snowshoe Reservations at 1-877-441-4386.

Set in the upscale ski village of Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia’s largest ski resort, this race has been labeled the toughest, most spectacular, and most unique of the whole GNCC tour. The terrain is not only several steps above the typical GNCC course, it’s also plusher than many luxury resorts. The array of lodging, retail, and dining provide plenty of entertainment off the race track. The resort also hosts an amazing golf course, endless adventure activities, and some of the best mountain bike trails in the country.

The famed Blackwater 100, which was the original GNCC race, took place in the same part of the state as Snowshoe. To pay tribute to the Blackwater heritage, the Snowshoe race starts “in town” with riders lined up in groups of five. They start live-engine every 10 seconds, unlike the typical GNCC dead-engine start in a field. The start at the Snowshoe race is a truly spectacular scene.

In the tradition of the old Blackwater, which was known as “America's Toughest Race,” the Snowshoe GNCC is the ultimate test for any cross-country racer. Luckily, the course also features a few miles of open ski slopes which offer a much-needed rest.

Snowshoe is the perfect place for this type of event. Not only is it close to Blackwater, it’s high elevation and rugged history give a unique spin to the race. Snowshoe Mountain is the name of the resort, but it sits on Cheat Mountain which boasts the second highest point in the state of West Virginia, Thorny Flat, at 4,848 feet. From the early 1900s through the 1960s, the mountain was home to a large logging operation thanks in part to the valuable timber on the property. Once the land was logged out, Thomas “Doc” Brigham of North Carolina ski resort fame found the area to be a great place for a ski resort. Thus, Snowshoe Mountain was born. Today, the ski slopes are named in honor of this rich logging history.

Once riders are on the course, everything pristine disappears. A few miles from the Village and the course becomes simply the roughest, toughest section of GNCC track you’ll see all year. Deep mud bogs, massive tree roots, and hills going both up and down are enough to stop anyone. Thankfully riders will have the help of the ever determined Howard’s Hole “mud fleas” (GNCC fans) or some sections may not be passable at all.

The soil of Snowshoe Mountain is a black loamy dirt that is absolutely incredible in dry spots and horribly sticky and nasty in the wet spots. Couple that with the legendary rooty, rocky goodness of Snowshoe and it's no wonder why this race is considered the toughest of them all.