THE MAMMOTH; Park City, KY — It’s always an interesting adventure to compete at a brand new venue. When the 2012 Grand National Cross Country tour arrived at Park Mammoth Resort in the rolling hills of south-central Kentucky, everyone was faced with trying to learn new trails and figure out an ideal machine setup. Racers and mechanics took their closest guess — because no pre-riding is allowed in GNCC racing — and then hoped for the best when the green flag flew.

Luckily the Team ITP riders had a number of options to choose from when it came to tires. And whether they chose from the Holeshot or QuadCross XC line, they knew they’d have the traction, handling, ride and durability to help them make it to the top of the results sheets.

Doing just that was Dave Simmons (Yam), who captured yet another overall amateur morning race victory. On what turned out to be a mostly tight and technical course, Simmons led the way ahead of nearly 240 other athletes in a wide variety of classes. This performance marked the fifth time in a row he’s won the Super Senior 45+ class in 2012, and was his third morning overall of the season.

Also waving the flag for ITP and graybeards alike on this hot and somewhat dusty day was Glenn McConnell (Yam), who was once again victorious in the Masters 50+ and 16th overall. That’s four wins in a row now, and McConnell is closing in on the points lead despite skipping the season opener.