GNCC schedule kicks off this weekend at Big Buck

The 2019 season of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series, an AMA National Championship, kicks off Feb. 23-24 with the Big Buck GNCC in Union, S.C.

For 2019, the series' added classes for electric-assisted mountain bikes, which will have a stand-alone event at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., on July 27, and will be at eight of the series' 12 other rounds.

The GNCC also reduced the number of adult competition classes and increased the number of rounds in its Micro (50cc) program for racers ages 4 to 8.

"We are looking forward to another season of intense GNCC competition," AMA Off-Road Racing Manager Erek Kudla said. "GNCC represents one of the most highly-contested off-road racing championships in America, and it's great that electric mountain bikes are being welcomed into the championship."

GNCC series promoter Racer Productions will donate 40 tickets for each of the series' 13 events to the Veterans Ticket Foundation, which will make them available to active duty and retired service men and women and their families at no cost.

Series events will be broadcast live on RacerTV.com and rebroadcast on NBC Sports. Live coverage of the Big Buck GNCC begins at 1 p.m. ET Feb. 23.

"We're excited to get the 2019 season rolling," GNCC Trail Boss Jeff Russell said. "With a great schedule of events on some of the best off-road courses the country has to offer, the upcoming season is shaping up to be one of the best yet. We have several facilities to consider for the fall TBA event. A lot of factors go into finding a venue to host a GNCC event and we hope to have an announcement on that round as soon as possible."

For information about the GNCC series, including its rules and class structure, visit gnccracing.com.

2019 AMA GNCC Series Schedule

Feb. 23-24: Big Buck Farm, Union, S.C.

March 9-10: Hogwaller, Palatka, Fla.

March 16-17: Aonia Pass MX, Washington, Ga.

March 30-31: Steele Creek Campground, Morgantown, N.C.

April 13-14: Moree's Sportsman's Preserve, Society Hill, S.C.

May 4-5: X Factor Whitetails, Peru, Ind.

May 18-19: Sunday Creek Raceway, Millfield, Ohio

June 1-2: Seneca Highland, Alpine, N.Y.

June 22-23: Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Snowshoe, W. Va.

July 27: Loretta Lynn's Ranch, Hurricane Mills, Tenn. (eMTB only)

Sept. 14-15: Johnson Family Farm, Harpursville, N.Y.

Sept. 28-29: Matthews Farm, Mount Morris, Pa.

Oct. 12-13: TBA

Oct. 26-27: Ironman Raceway, Crawfordsville, Ind.

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