These proposed rules are tentative until December 28. This allows the GNCC community 10 days to view the rules and allow for a public comment period.
"As always, we take into account our racers' feedback when crafting new rules," said Jeff Russell, GNCC Trail Boss. "We learned a lot from our riders' meetings a few weeks ago, and we think the new rule book will work well for everyone."
The most significant proposals involve the Pro classes. Racer Productions has established a minimum age requirement that will be implemented over a one-year grace period. The 2010 minimum age requirement for the XC2 classes will be 15 years old and 17 years old for the XC1 Pro classes. In 2011, these ages will increase to 16 and 18 years old for the respective classes.
The second proposal for bikes allows the use of 250 two-strokes in the XC2 Pro Lites Class. This change is consistent with the AMA Amateur Racing Rulebook.
The creation of the Women Vet (30+) class allows women over 30 the chance to compete against riders of their age.
For Amateurs on both bikes and ATVs, Class Championships will be determined by the rider's best finishes in a minimum number of 8 events, where previously 9 were required. National Numbers will be assigned based on overall finishes in a minimum of 8 events, with as many as 11 events counting.
On the ATV side, there has been an addition of a Utility Senior (40+) class. The Women's class displacement has been capped at 450 to match XC1 and XC2 Pro-Am equipment.
There are also changes in the UTV and youth classes that can be found when reading through the rules that are linked.
To provide suggestions or comment on the proposed rules, please email Technical Director Jeff Canfield at Jcanfield@gnccracing.com.
The 2010 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series kicks off on February 27th- March 2nd as part of Bike Week at the Westgate River Ranch Resort in River Ranch, Florida, with ATV's racing on Sunday, February 28, and bikes racing on Tuesday, March 2.
For more information, check out the official series website at www.GNCCRacing.com or call 304-284-0084.
About GNCC Racing
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1979, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,800 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles, competing for more than $3 million in prizes. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.