Cross country or hare scrambles races are off-road competition events. Unlike an enduro, all riders in a single class start on the same row, and the event is an all-out race to the finish. They are conducted on several-mile-long marked courses through woods or desert and over rugged natural terrain. The racers keep doing laps on the course until the leader either completes a pre-determined number of laps or has raced for a pre-determined amount of time, usually two hours. Competitive riders not only need to be fast, but also physically fit enough to maintain a race pace for hours.
Cross country or hare scrambles races can include tight woods, big hills and field sections. Although similar in terrain, in general they are more open than a typical enduro.
Grand prix races are a variation on the cross country format. Popular in the Midwest, they are usually shorter, more open and faster than cross country races or hare scrambles. Most grand prix races run for 45 minutes and run different sessions for similar classes. This allows riders to compete in multiple classes, unlike cross country events, where all classes run simultaneously.
National Championship Series
The country's top cross country championship is the AMA-sanctioned Grand National Cross Country, or GNCC, series. GNCCs are major events, with broad support from the motorcycle industry, fans and racers. They attract not only top local talent, but the fastest off-road racers in the country. The courses are challenging, fast and fun, while the events themselves are known for exceptional organization that the keep riders coming back year after year.
Riders who win their class in the GNCC series win an AMA National No. 1 plate, with the top riders earning the right to call themselves the fastest cross country racers in America.
To learn more about GNCC racing, to find and event near you and to sign up to race, see www.gnccracing.com.
Regional Championship Series
The AMA West and East Region Hare Scrambles Championship Series crown the best cross country racers in each half of the country. Each series features the best hare scrambles courses in its region. The AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship Series is promoted by the AMA's organizational partner, the National Hare and Hound Association. The AMA East Hare Scrambles Championship Series is managed internally by the AMA with individual events run by local promoters.
AMA East Hare Scrambles Championship Series
2016 AMA East Hare Scrambles Championship Point Standings
2016 AMA East Hare Scrambles Championship Point Standings (Youth)
2017 AMA East Regional Hare Scrambles Championship Series Schedule
AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship Series
The AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship Series is an 8-round series throughout California and Nevada that includes youth, ATV and amateur racing. Click the link above to view the series website for the schedule and additional information.
Big 6 AMA West Coast Grand Prix Series
Part of AMA District 37, the eight-round series offers races in Southern California and Nevada.
Hare Scramble Rules
AMA-sanctioned events run according to the rules developed and written by AMA Congress, the rules-making body of the AMA composed of AMA organizers.
The AMA Amateur Competition Rulebook is for the exclusive use of AMA-chartered clubs and promoters running AMA-sanctioned events.
The rulebook applies to all AMA-sanctioned competition. Supplemental regulations are additions to the rulebook based on the needs of a specific series. All supplemental regulations are approved by the AMA.
Cross country and hare scramble rules are included in the AMA Amateur Competition Rulebook.
AMA Amateur Competition Rulebook
Racer Advancement and Appeal