TEAM ITP RACE REPORT
CROSS COUNTRY SERIES, ROUNDS 4
Adam McGill was just a
couple of seconds away from holding the
first place trophy in the XC1 Pro class.
Young Jordan Digby is staying out of
trouble by racing national-level events
almost every weekend.
BIG BUCK; UNION, SC — The Grand National Cross
Country Series is known for its diverse terrain
and constantly changing weather conditions. To
be successful, the competitors must be able to
adapt and their equipment stand up to whatever
is thrown at them. Team ITP obviously has those
requirements covered, as demonstrated at the Big
Buck GNCC in Union, South Carolina. The
challenge at this event, round four of the 2012
series, was heavy dust on a rough course with
lots of hidden stumps and other nastiness lying
in wait to ruin someone’s day. While many racers
were caught by surprise and found themselves on
the sidelines, ITP riders shined.
The XC2 Pro Am class
standings are still topped by Patrick
McGuire after his fourth place finish.
Longtime rivals Glenn
McConnell (816) and Dave Simmons (201)
battle for the morning holeshot. Both
would win their classes.
Angel Atwell finished
second and is now tied for the Women’s
class points lead.
For the second event in a row, XC1 Pro star Adam
McGill (Hon) was able to storm back from a tough
start and put himself in solid contention for
the overall victory. His bid for the win came up
just two seconds short after two hours of
racing. This inspiring performance shot him into
second place in the point standings with seven
events still remaining on the long schedule.
XC2 Pro Am series leader Patrick McGuire (Yam)
just missed the podium with a fine fourth place
and 13th overall out of 157 riders in the
afternoon wave of racing. McGuire held onto his
number one position in the class standings.
And how about Dave Simmons (Yam), who placed
second overall in the morning wave while
capturing yet another Super Senior 45+ class
win? That’s four out of four so far, and he’s
making it look easy in the process.
Another “silver fox” having a good time showing
the kids how to do it is Glenn McConnell (Yam).
For the third GNCC in a row McConnell stood on
the top step of the Masters 50+ class. He was
also 13th overall out of more than 200 morning
competitors. Because McConnell did not attend
the opening round he only holds third in the
class standings; at this rate won’t be there for
The Women’s championship is shaping up to be
another nail-biter. At the Big Buck, Angel
Atwell (Yam) was second in class and fifth
overall in the morning racing. So, after four
rounds she is now tied for first place in the
standings. This one could very well come down to
the wire when the series ends in early November.
Finally, here’s a shout-out for Jordan Digby
(Yam), the youngster from Mississippi who’s been
racing at every round of both the GNCC and ATV
National Motocross series (plus motorcycles at
the GNCCs). At Big Buck, Digby was seventh in
the 90 Open 8-11 class, and he currently holds
fourth in the standings. There were 89 youth
division competitors at this event—a sunny
forecast for the future of the sport.
The series now moves to a new venue, Park
Mammoth Resort in Park City, Kentucky, April
Photos by Amy McConnell,
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