Park City Point 2 Point - Park City, Utah - National Ultra Endurance Series #10
Alex Grant and Amanda Carey Outclass an Elite Field at the Park City
Written by: Shannon Boffeli
Early Saturday morning, 350 hardy mountain biking souls
lined up for the 3rd edition of the Park City Point 2 Point.
The Point 2 Point, as itís known, is a race like no other.
At 78-miles, itís the longest mountain bike race in Utah, but the over 90%
singletrack is what really sets it apart.
As riders huddled for the start, temperatures dipped into
the low 40s just before the sun rose over the Uinta Mountains.
As always, the race got off to a fast start with an ultra high-powered
lead group of men pushing the pace off the front.
Josh Tostado (Bach Builders), Kelly Magelky (Honey Stinger),
Cary Smith (Hammer Nutrition), Cannondale teammates Tinker Juarez, and Alex
Grant as well as Lifetime Fitness rider Bryson Perry took up positions at the
head of the race.
By the first feed zone, at mile 28, an elite group of Grant,
Juarez, and Tostado began to get a gap. Bryson Perry, Smith, and Kelly Magelky
hung on just behind the leaders.
At mile 37 the gaps were virtually the same as the riders
entered the most technical section of the course.
Unfortunately, for Kelly Magelky the wheels had already
started to come off of his day. Once firmly contesting the lead, the Honey
Stinger rider was now dropping back while Perry and Smith continued to look
It was here where the Cannondale riders began to pull clear
Once through the feed zone at Park City Mountain Resort,
Grant and Juarez had moved 4 minutes ahead of the chaser Tostado.
It was clear the race would come down to a battle between
Once through the feed, Grant didnít leave much time to
ponder the outcome. As the lead duo entered the 40-minute Spiro Trail climb
Grant put in the decisive attack. He surged away from Tinker, immediately
opening a gap. Grant, riding a 26-inch Scalpel, continued to push it through
the rough and rugged Iron Mountain section of the course without incident.
At the final check point, less than 10 miles from the finish,
Grant was 7 minutes into the lead. By the time he crossed the line he was an
amazing 11 minutes in front of his Cannondale teammate, setting a new fastest
time of 6:48:58. Grant would take home a check of $1,750 along with the win.
Tinker Juarez came in to claim a well-deserved second place
with Josh Tostado hot on his heals for third.
Bryson Perry put together a nice ride and avoided any
mishaps to take fourth place while Cary Smith came in fifth.
Alex Grant has won all three runnings of the Park City Point
2 Point. Each year facing more-and-more difficult competition, Grant has proved
to be unstoppable in the Park City singletrack.
The womenís race featured the most elite collection of
female endurance mountain bike racers of any event in the west.
National Ultra Endurance racer Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt)
would be lining up against 3-time Leadville champion Rebecca Rusch
(Specialized), last yearís P2P runner-up Kelly Boniface, endurance specialist
Jenny Smith (Alpine Orthopedics), Breck Epic winner Sonya Looney
(Topeak/Ergon), and local fast girls Erica Tingey (White Pine Touring), and
Right from the gun it was Carey trying to stir things up.
The Kenda rider powered through the opening 10-miles gapping all but Jenny
Tingey and Boniface hooked up just 30 seconds behind the
lead duo with Rebecca Rusch another 30 seconds back.
After feed one at Deer Valley Resort, the battle up front
remained tight. Jenny Smith and Carey were trading turns up front with Smith
taking the lead through Guardsman Pass and into the treacherous TG trail
section. Despite Smithís best efforts, Carey was always right behind and by the
time they entered Johnsí Trail and the climb up to Shadow Lake, Carey was
beginning to pull away.
At the next feed, Carey had a buffer of several minutes and
Smith was now feeling pressure from Erica Tingey and Sonya Looney, who after a
moderate start, had moved into fourth place, ahead of Rusch and Kelly Boniface
who was struggling with back pain.
Now on the home stretch, Carey was destined for another win
and an undefeated National Ultra Endurance racing season.
Behind, Erica Tingey was making her move. Through Spiro and
Iron Mountain she closed the 2-minute gap on Smith quickly taking up the second
Smith continued to fade. Sonya Looney was the next to
overtake her as would Rebecca Rusch before the finish.
In the end, Amanda Carey outclassed one of the strongest womenís
field ever assembled in ultra-endurance racing. Her unique combination of power
and desire pushed the Kenda/Felt rider to an impressive win and a second
National Ultra Endurance series title in as many years.
Erica Tingey crossed the line for a commanding second place.
The Utah rider turned in a best-ever performance to take the second step on the
At the finish a very happy Sonya Looney had ridden herself
all the way to third just over a minute ahead of fourth place finisher Rebecca
Rusch. And after a difficult final 15-miles, Jenny Smith held on for fifth.
1. Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt) 8:17:33
2. Erica Tingey (White Pine Touring) 8:31:35
3. Sonya Looney (Ergon) 8.36.28
4. Rebecca Rusch (Specialized) 8.37.24
1. Alex Grant (Cannondale) 6.48.58
2. Tinker Juarez (Cannondale) 7.01.00
3. Josh Tostado (Bach Builders) 7.02.26
4. Bryson Perry (Lifetime Fitness) 7.08.16
5. Cary Smith (Hammer Nutrition) 7.18.21
6. Stig Somme 7.20.58
7. Brandon Firth 7.23.47
8. Greg Gibson 7.32.45