The Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized is the World’s premier off-road racing series. 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 in 50+ Motorcycle and ATV classes through racetracks ranging in length from 8 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.
What is GNCC?
In the mid-1970s, enterprising motorcycle race promoter Dave Coombs senior stumbled onto the small West Virginia town of Davis. Looking at the beautiful yet rugged terrain, "Big Dave" realized it would be the perfect spot to hold a motorcycle race. And best of all, it would be a tough one - an event only the strongest riders and machines could even finish. This was the way Big Dave liked it. He called the race the Blackwater 100–‘Blackwater’ for nearby Blackwater Falls, and ‘100’ for the number of miles in the race.
Blackwater soon became legendary - deemed "America's Toughest Race." As Dave's company, Racer Productions, grew, he and his wife, Rita, began holding additional 100-mile-long events, and the series became known as the Wiseco 100 Miler Series, and then the Grand National Cross Country Series.
GNCC Racing has been making strides in the growth and exposure department for years, but what really separates the series is the elevated television package that began in 2001 and has since evolved into Racer TV package on the NBC Sports Network, and #GNCCLIVE coverage at RacerTV.com. Even with all the growth, there has always been camaraderie and a family atmosphere at the events. Win or lose, pro or amateur, GNCC Racing is all about simply trying your best against the terrain.