It is billed as a tribute race to the infamous Blackwater 100 and is one of the most popular rounds on the GNCC schedule for a decade and this year’s race did not disappoint! With a 21 mile course stretching out over Snowshoe Mountain and enveloping the Snowshoe Ski resort, the track was an insane mix of rocks, big rocks and even bigger rocks combined with slick mud, slick asphalt and loose gravel that would hammer every racer that was brave enough to enter it. Merely finishing this race for some is a trophy, a badge of honor carried until the following year where it all begins again. Merciless rock sections take riders and machines out almost constantly and the goal to survive almost precedes the drive to actually win here. The fan favorite, “Howard’s Hole” features almost limitless line choices that comes complete with mud fleas all eager to help when needed and are sure to point out a line that may just put one in a position to “need” their help!