TEAM ITP RACE REPORT
Cross Country Series, Round 8
SNOWSHOE; Snowshoe, WV — The eighth round of
the 2012 Grand National Cross Country Series
took place at what is perhaps the most loved and
most hated venue on the 13-race schedule.
The unique start
at Snowshoe, in the heart of the ski village, in
waves and on pavement, is a highlight for
spectators. Here Dave Simmons (201) pulls the
holeshot on the Super Senior 45+ class. He would
keep his 2012 season sweep alive.
Matt Hanna (17) is getting
quicker and more confident with every race. He
was again top-three in XC2 Pro Am.
Glenn McConnell (816) moved to
second in the Masters 50+ class point standings
with a second place at Snowshoe.
This was as clean as the riders
would be all day, as the rest of the course
featured a generous amount of mud. Angel Atwell
(206) held onto second in the Women’s standings
with a fourth-place finish.
Snowshoe is unique in many ways. It takes place
at the plush Snowshoe Mountain ski resort, which
offers upscale lodging, restaurants and many fun
off-track activities. Ski lifts provide
spectators with easy course viewing access. The
race starts in waves on pavement right in the
village, just like the legendary Blackwater GNCC
event that took place not far from here.
When the riders get out on course, however, all
the comforts and quirks disappear and are
replaced by what is arguably the roughest,
toughest course of the year. The challenge is
compounded by an elevation of 4242 feet, which
becomes an issue for both man and machine.
But our Team ITP cross country competitors
proved to be up to the challenge, scoring wins
and podium finishes with a number of ITP
QuadCross and Holeshot tire selections.
A big congratulations goes out once again to
Dave Simmons (Yam), who captured his eighth
straight Super Senior 45+ class victory. He was
also third overall in the morning race among 219
entries. Simmons won the 50+ Masters class in
2011 and “dropped down” to the next younger age
group for an added incentive in 2012, but he
seems to be improving with age.
of the Masters 50+ class, Ohio’s Glenn McConnell
(Yam) climbed another podium with second place.
This finish moved him up to second for the
season in the class point standings.
Angel Atwell (Hon) finished out of the top three
for the first time this year, but fourth place
kept her in second place in the points and still
in championship contention.
racing at Snowshoe, Patrick McGuire (Yam)
finished a close second in the XC2 Pro Am race.
This accomplishment extended his championship
points lead considerably. He’s only finished
outside the top five one time all season.
Greg’s ATV-sponsored Matt Hanna (Yam) continued
his recent run of top XC2 Pro Am performances
with his fourth consecutive top-three ride,
placing third in class. This moved him ever
closer toward the upper end of the standings as
he now holds fourth.
And talk about
toughing it out, XC1 Pro contender Adam McGill
(Hon) gave it a go despite some serious injuries
sustained while training a couple of weeks
earlier. McGill was able to run one lap in an
attempt to salvage some points; he now holds
fifth in the premier class standings.
The next event takes place at the Wiseco John
Penton GNCC in Millfield, Ohio, July 7-8.
Photos by Amy McConnell,
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About ITP Tires
ITP is proud to celebrate its 30th
anniversary this year. Since 1982, ITP has grown
into the world's #1 ATV/UTV aftermarket tire and
wheel source, and continues to provide a
complete line of innovative tires and wheels for
virtually all ATVs and UTVs. For a copy of ITP’s
full-color product catalog, call toll-free:
1-800-859-4740. For other inquiries or technical
advice, contact ITP at 1990 S. Vintage Ave.,
Ontario, CA 91761; (909) 390-1905. Or visit
ITP’s website at