The Yamaha is announcing that its annual Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) University will still run this June.  The event will return to Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia from June 24th to 26th.

Yamaha’s commitment

While the GNCC racing season has been postponed, Yamaha says it remains committed to bringing the event back.  Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports Group Marketing Director, had this to say:

We are looking forward to another great GNCC University this year and are working closely with Racer Productions and Snowshoe Mountain Resort to ensure we are not only prepared to host a successful event per the current schedule, but we do so appropriately and safely based on current conditions.  A primary reason this event is so popular with attendees is because it affords ambitious amateur riders the opportunity to grow their skill set with the help of seasoned pros and champions.  They are then able to put their learnings into practice that same weekend at one of the most challenging GNCC races of the year.”

Chiming in on the event, Tim Cotter, GNCC University’s Dean of Dirt adds:

“I look forward to GNCC University at the Snowshoe Campus every year.  The University promotes a unique learning environment for off-road riders paired with the best athletes in the world.  Their classroom is a 10,000-acre lab with every kind of obstacle you can imagine, allowing the GNCC University attendees to substantially improve their off-road riding performance upon graduating.”

The professors

The “professors” of GNCC University consists of a panel of current and past Yamaha racing champions and professionals.  The program gives up to 80 students the opportunity to significantly increase their riding skills.

Yamaha’s GNCC University “professors” consist of the following professional level riders:

  • The two-wheel class will be led by seven-time AMA National Enduro Champion and AmPro Yamaha Racing team owner Randy Hawkins.
  • Also instructing will be, five-time AMA National Hare Scramble Champion Jason Raines, XC1 Open Pro motorcycle rider Layne Michael, XC2 250 Pro motorcycle rider Michael Witkowski.
  • For both men and women riders, WXC bike competitors Rachael Archer and current unbeaten series leader Becca Sheets will attend.
  • In the ATV category, celebrating 26 years of racing at a pro-level, XC1 Pro ATV rider Johnny Gallagher will lead this year’s Yamaha Racing ATV instructors.
  • Other ATV professors include five-time GNCC XC1 Pro ATV champion – and current undefeated series leader – Walker Fowler, and 12-time WXC ATV champion Traci Pickens.

More than just riding skills

Yamaha says the university students will learn more than just riding skills.  Students will be given lectures about sportsmanship, training, proper nutrition, and mental preparation.  Students will also practice the best ways to tackle hills, grass tracks, woods, rocks, mud, and starts.


Reservations are being taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  There are only 80 openings available, which are split evenly between motorcycle and ATV disciplines.   Tuition starts at $300 per student.  If you’d like more information on the GNCC University, message @YamahaOutdoors on Instagram or Facebook.

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