TREVORTON — 19-year-old Hunter Harris, of Trevorton, is preparing to face some of the toughest competition in the region during round eight of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series scheduled for Saturday in Odessa, New York.
More than 1,500 racers are expected to compete over the weekend, as the event includes four-wheeled ATV racing on Saturday and dirt bikes on Sunday. Classes range from riders as young as four and as old as the 60-plus divisions. The top GNCC pro classes feature some of the world’s top riders, including talent from England, Europe and Australia.
“We expect racers from all over the world to compete at this event,” said GNCC Trail Boss Jeff Russell. “Racer TV, series sponsors and local press will be in attendance. There’s a lot of competition and pressure, but a local rider will definitely feel more comfortable and have the advantage on this terrain.”
The tough local terrain makes for a great equalizer when it comes to the talent. Racers will start together on a massive starting line before rushing onto a course featuring tight trails, mud, rocks and hills. Spectators can watch the action from a variety of vantage points throughout the course, which will be marked on race day.
Harris is a recent graduate of Line Mountain High School. Currently employed full time with Big B Manufacturing in Klingerstown, Harris has been racing quads for four years and competes in the highly-competitive College B class.
He is currently ranked second in his class for the national championship, and rides a Honda with no financial help from sponsors unlike many of his competitors.
“I get by with the support of my family and working all week, sometimes very long hours,” Harris said. “This in turn limits my practice time. Most races, unfortunately, I show up and race. This method has been working and has been on my side so far this year.”
So far, this year Harris has competed in GNCC rounds in the states of: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Indiana. This is the first year Harris has contested for the prestigious series national title full time. In addition to the GNCC, Harris also competes in AOAA racing, District 6 and locally the Line mountain 4-wheelers.
Each round of the GNCC Series is televised on the NBC Sports Network, and is streamed live on RacerTV.com, showcasing the top amateur racers and professional athletes.