The Grand National Cross-Country off-road series (GNCC) hits West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort in Pocahontas County on June 22 and 23, 2019. Sponsored by Amsoil, this race is one of the most punishing motor-sports events in all North America. Descended from GNCC Snowshoe’s original race, the infamous Blackwater 100, GNCC Snowshoe pays fitting homage to its legendary ancestor. Massive mud holes, huge roots and terrifying inclines challenge every rider regardless of skill level. The views are spectacular, the dirt is treacherous, and the venue is world-class in both features and amenities.
Howard’s Hole an the Mud Fleas are etched in racing history. Many riders simply can’t clear Howard’s Hole without the aid of the Mud Fleas, the dedicated and possibly deranged contingent of local enduro fans. Mud Fleas point out the fast line to approaching riders and even jump in to push, pull or yank competitors through the bog. These amazing GNCC Snowshoe superfans clearly take great pride in carrying on the tradition of the wildly enthusiastic Blackwater spirit.
Snowshoe Village sits on 4,800-foot Cheat Mountain, the second highest point in West Virginia. The much-loved Blackwater 100 was also held in the Morgantown area in Davis, and was justly famous for its extreme level of grueling punishment. The Amsoil Snowshoe carries this legacy onward, referred to by many riders as the toughest circuit in the entire series.
Something for Everyone
As might be expected of West Virginia’s largest ski resort, the accommodations are plush and feature a slew of amenities. The Old Spruce Cafe and Tavern has the widest selection of beers, while Cheat Mountain Pizza and Foxfire Grille make great gathering places for fans and riders alike. Starbucks and The Junction Restaurant get the mornings started. Ski lifts and trails offer some of the country’s best mountain bike action and there’s a first-rate golf course for those with more sedate preferences.
Gates open on Thursday the 21st at 4:00 PM, with the Ballhooter Lift available between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. On Friday morning, the GNCC Snowshoe checkpoint opens at the Welcome Center and the International Six Days Enduro Team golf tournament opens at 9:00 AM. The rest of the day features live entertainment and registration.
Saturday features ATV racing in Youth, Amateur and Professional flavors, along with electric mountain bike racing to fill out the afternoon. Sunday offers non-stop action with Youth, Amateur and Pro motorcycles going all out to see who can survive this toughest of courses.
Admission is 25 dollars for adults and 15 dollars for kids under 12.