RIDING ITP PAYS OFF
AT SNOWSHOE GNCC
For the second time this year, ITP-mounted
Adam McGill and Chris Bithell finished 1-2 in a
Grand National Cross Country Series event. The
Foremost Insurance/Warnert Can-Am teammates
topped the Snowshoe GNCC, round eight of the
2011 series at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, some
4,800 feet high in the hills of West Virginia.
It was a big payday for McGill, as the
Snowshoe GNCC—known as America’s Toughest
Race—rewards the winner an eye-popping $5,000
(the largest purse on the circuit). The win also
moved McGill into close contention for the
series championship with five events remaining
on the 2011 schedule. Bithell holds third in the
XC1 Pro class standings.
The key moment in the wet and sloppy race
came on the last lap when McGill turned risk
into reward by blasting directly through one of
the many challenging mudholes while leader
Bithell chose a more conservative route. McGill
kept his momentum from there and finished the
four-lap, two-hour race just 14 seconds ahead of
Bithell. Both riders chose ITP’s Holeshot GNCC
tires for the front of their Can-Am DS 450s, and
ITP’s QuadCross XC tires for the rear.
ITP would also like to congratulate several
other riders for an excellent season to date.
For example, XC2 Pro Am class competitor Patrick
McGuire was third at Snowshoe and now sits in
third place in the point standings.
Dave Simmons won the Masters 50+ class once
again at Snowshoe (his sixth victory in seven
races). Simmons is often the overall winner of
the morning wave of racing at the GNCCs; he’s
done it four times this season.
Finally, a shout-out to Angel Atwell, who has
finished top-three five times in 2011, including
one win, to hold second place in the Women’s
class. Warnert Can-Am’s Lexie Coulter did not
ride at Snowshoe but still holds third in the
standings on the strength of two victories.
ITP is once again providing generous
contingency and trackside support for GNCC
competitors in 2011. For more information or to
become Team ITP GNCC rider, see us at the events