TEAM ITP RACE REPORT
Cross Country Series, Round 13
number one! Patrick McGuire (Yam) rode
his ITP tires to the XC2 Pro Am title.
The man, the myth,
the legend. Dave Simmons (Yam) is the
master of the morning race. He captured
nine overall victories and swept all 13
Super Senior 45+ events on ITP tires.
Matt Hanna (Yam) was
accelerating all season and ended up in
third place in the XC2 Pro Am class.
LORETTA LYNN’S GNCC, HURRICANE MILLS, TN — A
Grand National Cross Country season is similar
to a heavyweight title fight. It’s long, it’s
brutal, and in the end, win or lose, there are
going to be some bruises.
Adam McGill (Hon) had an
up-and-down year, yet still finished in
the top five in the final XC1 Pro
Team ITP’s Glenn
McConnell (Yam) won the Loretta Lynn’s
final by over eight minutes to clinch
the Masters 50+ division.
A racer climbs into the ring, er, onto the
course, in March with a spring in his step and
fire in his eyes, bobbing and weaving and
snapping out punches. When the bell sounds in
the final round in November the fighter, er,
racer, is staggering forward with a fat lip,
arms like slinkies and the eyes of a zombie.
Both a boxing match and a GNCC season require
strength, stamina, skill and the ability to take
a hard blow, shake it off, and find a way to
keep going — just a little better than the
zombie in front of you.
Team ITP had what it took to go the distance,
and at the final bell — GNCC Round 13 at the
Loretta Lynn Dude Ranch in Hurricane Mills,
Tennessee — lifted several championship belts,
er, trophies, toward the spotlights.
Dave Simmons (Yam) scored an undisputed
knockout with his ninth overall morning race
victory and his 13th straight win in the Super
Senior 45+ class. He’s the Muhammad Ali of
amateur cross country ATV racing.
Glenn McConnell (Yam) was close on the
scorecard entering the final round, then
delivered a haymaker in the Masters 50+
division. The Ohio native won at Loretta’s by
eight and a half minutes to earn the judges’
decision by just three points.
Journeyman Matt Hanna, with Greg’s ATVs &
Cycles in his corner, jabbed and jabbed
throughout the season, and in the end was
applauded for a strong third overall in the
tough XC2 Pro Am class. He threw an uppercut in
the final round for second place to secure his
Winning the title in that XC2 Pro Am class
for Team ITP was Patrick McGuire (Yam), who was
far enough ahead in points that when his closest
competitor could not answer the bell, all he
needed to play was a little rope-a-dope defense
and a take a safe fifth place to clinch.
Adam McGill (Hon) was knocked down numerous
times throughout the 2012 bout, but like the
fighter he is, always climbed back to his feet.
He took some body blows but did plenty of
counterpunching as well. At Loretta’s, McGill
was a contender throughout a bare-knuckle XC1
Pro match. In the end he had to settle for
fourth place, missing the podium by a mere
hundredth of a second. Despite kissing the
canvas so regularly this year, McGill was still
an incredibly resilient fourth place in the
And with that, it’s time to throw in the
towel on another Grand National Cross Country
race season. See you in 2013!
Photos by Amy McConnell,
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