TEAM ITP RACE REPORT
Cross Country Series, Round 10
Patrick McGuire moved one step closer to
the XC2 Pro Am title with another big
Glenn McConnell (816) blasts into the
Masters 50+ lead.
Angel Atwell had another top-ten overall
morning ride, and was second in the
UNADILLA GNCC; New Berlin, NY — Two and a
half months is a long time for a racer to wait.
If they’re in contention for a championship
there is a lot of chomping at the bit to get
back to work. If they’re not in it to win it,
they just want to try to salvage the season,
polish some skills while looking ahead to next
year, or simply have some fun with the series
“family.” Of course if they’re among the few who
actually are leading in the point standings, the
season cannot end soon enough.
Decent weather conditions at Unadilla
allowed Adam McGill (2) to go flying.
Indecent luck grounded him.
Dave Simmons: a picture is worth a
Matt Hanna jumped one spot in the XC2
Pro Am standings with a fourth place
As the traditional summer break of the 2012
Grand National Cross Country Series drew to a
close, Team ITP was apparently ready to rock the
final four events on the schedule. With fresh
ITP Holeshot and QuadCross tires mounted on
their newly tuned quads, our guys and gals were
clearly well rested and motivated at the rugged
Unadilla circuit, one of the icons of
Dave Simmons (Yam) once again dominated the
morning race, winning the overall by close to
four minutes. It was his seventh overall triumph
of the season and tenth straight victory in the
Super Senior 45+ class.
Also claiming a big win was Glenn McConnell
(Yam). This Masters 50+ competitor grabbed his
fifth victory of the season and in the process
snuck into the points lead for the first time in
2012. After skipping the first race of the year
he had been gradually moving up the leaderboard,
and Unadilla would be the breakthrough.
Angel Atwell (Hon) finished eighth overall in
the morning and second in the Women’s class. She
is keeping things tight in this battle, down by
just eight in the season points chase.
One Team ITP rider who would probably like
the season to be over is Pat McGuire (Yam).
Before the summer break he was leading the way
in the XC2 Pro Am standings. But he’s obviously
having too much fun and added to his points gap
by snatching his third victory of the year and
placing seventh overall in the afternoon event.
Not far behind in this class was Matt Hanna
(Yam). This Greg’s ATV-backed up-and-comer ended
the day in fourth place for XC2, which was good
enough to move him up one spot to fourth in the
standings (just two points out of third).
Adam McGill (Hon) is probably ready to wipe
the 2012 season completely off the memory card.
After yet another competitive performance which
saw him leading the premier XC1 Pro division
early, he suffered yet another heartbreaking Did
Not Finish. Knowing Adam and his positive
attitude, however, he’s probably ready to uproot
tall pines at the next race.
That will come at the ITP-sponsored Powerline
Park GNCC in St. Clairesville, OH, on October
Photos by Amy McConnell,
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