The 2018 Snowshoe GNCC was one for the ages. The three-day event started off with the ISDE Golf Fundraiser on Friday. The course was in great condition when the event started but then the rain came in making the conditions quite difficult. The Answer Racing/Pro Taper team ended up posting a score of 53 but that would not be enough to take home the trophy as the winning team shot a remarkable 45. Overall it was a great event and they raised a lot of money for this years ISDE team.
The rain continued to fall through the night on Friday making Saturdays ATV race quite a quagmire. The course was split into two different sides of the mountain (East and West) that had a total length of about 16 miles. First up was the youth riders followed by the morning classes and last up were the Pro riders. More than 500 ATV riders tackled the difficult course and there was some great racing throughout the day.
Saturday evening the Village turned into a full-blown concert with a live Country band and festivities for all. More than 3000 people packed into the mountain top resort and enjoyed a great night of music and bench racing.
The next morning was overcast and cool as the mini bikes took to the start. Over 150 riders slopped through the mud for an hour and a half on the shortened course and created some great racing to get the morning started. Up next were the AM classes, which included Answer Racing Marketing Manager Randy Valade. This would be his first GNCC event as he been a moto guy for his life. First off was the line was the Women’s pro class followed by Sportsman A that included Valade. The course was very difficult with the amount of rocks, roots and mud, which shaped up for a grueling day of racing. The morning class would end up racing for two hours, which would be 6 laps in total. Randy Valade states, "This was the hardest race I have ever competed in! The amount of endurance and concentration through some of the areas was unbelievable. I gave it my all and ended up 20th in my class and 37th overall. I can’t wait to race another GNCC event in the future now that I have an idea of what it takes."
The last race of the weekend was the XC1, XC2, XC3 and all A and B classes. The race would include a few sections that had not been raced on prior to these classes and an additional hour thrown on the clock. Answer Racing's Ricky Russell jumped out to the early lead and led the first few laps. The course continued to breakdown throughout the race and these riders were forced to dig deep and push their bodies to the limit. Russell would come under attack half way through the race as he had to pitch his goggles but would keep fighting and end up fifth in the XC1 class. After the race the mechanics and team had their hands full trying to wash the bikes and load up the transporters as the series takes a break for the summer.
If you have never been out to a GNCC event you should put one down on your schedule, as it is a great time!