2020 Comeback: The Steward Baylor Story

Steward Baylor 2020 Comeback

One of the best two-wheeled stories of 2020…

This past September, we ventured up to West Virginia to ride some of the 700+ miles of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails in the southern part of the state and watch the 2020 Mountaineer GNCC at Summit Betchel Reserve — a 10,000+ acre high-adventure complex managed by the Scouts of America. As it turned out, it was an extra special race to witness…

GNCC Mountaineer 2020

GNCC stands for Grand National Cross Country, the AMA-sanctioned racing series that takes place on 8-12 mile off-road courses over a challenging variety of terrain: woods, hills, mud, rocks, climbs, creeks, and motocross sections. Speeds are quite fast compared to regular enduro races and they last three hours, making this one of the most demanding off-road sports in the world.

Off-road legends like Scott Summers and David Knight are multi-time GNCC champions, and North Carolina’s Kailub Russell, who plans to retire after the 2020 season, has taken the championship from 2013-2020. Another force in the series — and one of the most entertaining, fun riders to watch — is South Carolina’s Steward Baylor (@slbaylor5).

After knee surgery earlier this spring, Baylor was unexpectedly cut from the factory Sherco team and suddenly found himself without a ride, a healthy body, or any clear path to get back on a bike — to keep his career alive and a roof over his family’s head.

We don’t want to spoil anything, but we highly recommend you watch this short documentary from MRader Media — proof that champions aren’t made on champagne-soaked podiums, but down in the darkness of rock bottom, confronting doubt, fear, and pain.

This is one of the best two-wheeled stories of 2020 — we hope you enjoy it.

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