Written by: Shannon Boffeli
Endurance mountain bike racing returned once again to Park
City, Utah with the Park City Point 2 Point. Now in it’s second year, the Point
2 Point has become the event that puts an exclamation point on the end of many
Boasting over 300 riders registered to take on the 75-mile
racecourse the Point 2 Point doubled it’s numbers from last season and sold out
back in February. After waiting months to attack the Park City singletrack the rider’s
anticipation at the start line was electric.
As racers rolled off the line at 7AM the big names made
their way toward the front including Alex Grant (Cannondale), Josh Tostado
(Bach Builders), and Kelly Magelky (Trek).
These riders know each other well and it showed as a close
battle unfolded. Magelky suffered a flat in the early stages of the race. That
left Tostado and Grant to resume the fierce battle they waged just a week
before at the Breck Epic. The duo put up scorching fast split times well ahead
of last year’s pace.
The leaders were never separated by more than a few seconds
through the first 6 hours of the race.
Behind them Magelky soldiered on after fixing his flat. He
was never far behind but was couldn’t bridge back up to the leaders. The next
group of chasers included Chris Holley (Trek 29er Crew), Gregy Gibson
(Truckerco.com), Troy Barry (Hammer Nutrition), and Kevin Day
As the riders approached the final feed station Tostado took
the lead as he chose to blow through the final feed. Grant stopped to refuel as
he had the year before.
That move may have made the difference. Tostado briefly took
the lead but Grant was not to be stopped as he passed the Bach Builder’s rider
on the final section of the primarily singletrack racecourse.
In the end it would be Grant taking the win. After 6 hours
and 55 minutes of racing the Cannondale rider took the win by just 3 minutes
over Tostado. Magelky soloed in for third, thoroughly enamored with the
outstanding 90% singletrack racecourse.
Chris Holley crossed the line in fourth place followed by
Gregy Gibson in fifth.
After the finish the Coloradoan Tostado said, "I travel
around looking for mountain bike races to do and this IS a mountain bike race.”
The women’s event was equally heated as an accomplished
group of endurance racing women lined up for the start.
Front Range 50 and Laramie Enduro champion Kelly Boniface
(Moots) showed up to contest one of the west’s most challenging endurance
races. She would be competing against Heather Holmes (Yeti/Sunflower Market), a
member of the ’09 Marathon World’s team.
The women got off to a quick start as Boniface and Holmes
immediately moved to the front. At the first feed Boniface was out front but
just barely over Holmes. Sarah Kaufmann (Elete/Roaring Mouse), was lurking not
far behind with Singlespeed 24-Hour National Champion Lynda Wallenfels (Troupe)
making her way through the pack.
The two leaders traded back and forth throughout the event
and with less than 10 miles left, the two were separated by less than one minute.
A fearless final descent saw Holmes roll into The Canyons in
first. Tears filled her eyes as the Yeti/Sunflower racer cruised up the
crowd-lined finishing straight for her first Park City Point 2 Point win.
After the finish Holmes said, "I can really see why people
get into this endurance racing. It’s so much more fulfilling at the end.”
Boniface crossed the line just 5 minutes later for an
impressive second place. Sarah Kaufmann took third with Wallenfels in fourth
and Erica Tingey (Las Vegas Cyclery) in fifth.
The women and men took home equal pay with each winner
receiving $1,000 for their efforts.
Three of the top-5 riders competed in the week long Breck
Epic just 8 days before the Point 2 Point. Alex Grant, Josh Tostado, and Gregy
Gibson all finished in the top-15 in Breckenridge.
Evan Plews (EvanPlews.com) missed the start by about 7
minutes after he forgot his timing chip and had to ride back to his condo
before the start. Plews passed almost 300 riders on his way to a 7th
place in the men’s race.
Alex Grant broke his course record by over nine minutes. He
set the previous fastest time in the inaugural event at 7 hours 4 minutes.
16-year-old Keegan Swenson put in an amazing performance, as
he was the only rider capable of hanging with Tostado and Grant for the first
two hours of the race. The Park City native and XC National Champion eventually
dropped back just before his partner Casey Williams took over at the halfway
point. The two 16-year-olds put down a blistering fast time of just 7.19.23 for
75 miles and 14,000 feet of climbing.
1, Alex Grant (Cannondale) 6.55
2, Josh Tostado (Bach Builders)
3, Kelly Magelky (Trek)
4, Chris Holley (Trek 29er Crew)
5, Gregy Gibson (Truckerco.com)
6, Chad Harris (Racer's Cycle Service)
7, Evan Plews (evanplews.com)
8, Brandon Firth (Rocky Mountain)
9, Ryan Ashbridge (Revolution/Peak Fasteners)
10, Josh Wolfe
11, Rich Abbott
12, Duff Johnson
13, Eric Flynn
14, Ty Hansen
15, Dan Nelson
1, Heather Holmes (Yeti/Sunflower Market)
2, Kelly Boniface (Moots)
3, Sarah Kaufmann (Elete/Roaring Mouse)
4, Lynda Wallenfels (Troupe)
5, Erica Tingey
6, KC Holley (Trek 29er Crew)
7, Jen Hanks (Revolution/Peak Fasteners)