GNCC University Returns to Snowshoe

May 3, 2012
Courtesy of GNCC Racing
Students were asked to challenge themselves during the on-bike tasks.
Randy Hawkins will be onhand for the GNCC University at the Snowshoe Resort.

Racer Productions, in conjunction with Yamaha Racing and Snowshoe Resort, is proud to announce the return of GNCC University to this year’s Snowshoe GNCC, round 8 of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series. Yamaha’s top off-road ATV and motorcycle racers will be on hand as instructors of this two-day riding school, beginning with orientation on Wednesday, June 20 and running through Friday, June 22.

Dean of ATVs, 9-Time GNCC Champion Bill Ballance, will lead this year’s Yamaha Racing ATV instructors, including 2011 XC2 champ Walker Fowler, Taylor Kiser, 8-Time GNCC Champion Traci Cecco and Johnny Gallagher.

“Working with the students at GNCC U is a good reminder of how fortunate we are to be able to do what we love and it’s a great feeling to pass along some of our knowledge and skills to the younger racers and just give back to the sport,” said Bill Ballance. “Having this riding school at Snowshoe makes the event extra special and since we always seem to be pressed for time on race day, events like this give us time to relax a little and focus on helping out the students. We hope this will help to build our sport for the future!”

Led by Dean of motorcycles, 7-Time AMA National Enduro Champion Randy Hawkins, this year’s Yamaha Racing bike instructors include 5-Time AMA National Hare Scramble Champion Jason Raines, 2009 XC1 Champion Paul Whibley, XC1 rider Jordan Ashburn, XC2 riders Brad Bakken and Jedediah Haines, and Women’s class rider Leeann Bange.

“Our team is very pleased to be a part of GNCC U once again this year and we feel fortunate to be able to give back to this sport and its younger generation of racers and riders,” said Randy Hawkins. “It’s always fun to get back to the basics and to be able to spend time working with students on all elements of woods racing. We’re excited to bring a few new instructors on board this year and we’re looking forward to another great week at Snowshoe!”

Jason Raines knows how to teach with plenty of experience via his personal training seminars.
AMA Hare Scramble Champion Jason Raines will be one of the instructors at the GNCC University.

The panel of professional instructors will head several groups of students according to bike size and riding level to ensure each student is learning with a group similar to his/her riding ability. Students will learn proper navigation of up hills, down hills, grass tracks, woods, rocks and mud, as well as how to handle competitive starts. Students will also participate in lectures about sportsmanship, training, nutrition and mental preparation.

Reservations are on a first-come first-serve basis as there are only 40 spots each for both the bike and ATV disciplines – totaling 80 spots. Students must provide their own equipment and be at least 8 years of age, and machines must be 85cc or larger.

GNCC University is in session from June 20-22, 2012. Tuition, room and board—including meals throughout the school is $428 per student. Registration is now open through Snowshoe Mountain Resort. To reserve a spot, call the office at 877-441-4386 or visit  

Yamaha will also have the ATV and SxS Demo program on site, as well as the YZ/WR Demo program for all qualified riders and spectators to test out both ATV and Motorcycle models throughout the race weekend.

Round six of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series heads to Springville, Indiana, May 12 and 13 for The Limestone 100 GNCC. For more information, go to

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