The 2011 Park City Point-To-Point mountain bike race took place in Park City, Utah over Labor Day Weekend. The PCP2P is a 78-mile endurance race almost all of which takes place on the endless and glorious Park City singletrack. The race starts at about 7000 feet of altitude in Park City’s Round Valley trail network. From there it heads up into the mountains and through Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort ski resorts and then follows the Mid Mountain Trail at 8000 feet (a designated IMBA Epic) to end at The Canyons ski resort. This is a real mountain bike race – not another fire road roadrace masquerading as a mountain bike race. There are tight switchbacks, surprise corners, roots and rocks – technical bike-handling skills are required.
Because it’s so unique, the Park City Point-to-Point race draws a strong field of racers. This year the pro men’s field included 2010 winner Alex Grant; Olympian, 24 Hour Solo World Champion and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductee, Tinker Juarez; and last year’s second place finisher, multiple Breckenridge 100 winner and Montezuma’s Revenge winner, Josh Tostado. Alex Grant took the win again, with an amazing 6:45 time. Tinker and Josh Tostado finished the race second and third with respective times of 7:01 and 7:02:26.
The 2011 Park City Point-to-Point Women’s field included Rebecca Rusch, who has multiple wins at the Leadville 100 and Creampuff 100 as well as multiple 24 hour solo wins; Kenda / Felt pro Amanda Carey; and Ergon pro Sonya Looney, who has multiple wins this year including first place women’s solo at the 6-day Breck Epic stage race. Amanda Carey was the first woman to finish, with a time of 8:17:33. Second place, at 8:31:35, was local Park City racer Erica Tingey, who called the PCP2P, ” the best race of my career!” Sonya Looney finished third with a time of 8:36:28 and Rebecca Rusch came in a minute later to take fourth.
I’m glad I made it out to shoot the Park City Point-to-Point this year. Race organizer Jay Burke, tried to get me out last year but I didn’t make it. Now that I’ve witnessed it I’m already looking forward to next year’s race. Like I said, the PCP2P is a real mountain bike race that demands technical bike-handling skills and rewards racers who spend more time on the dirt than the road. Because of the beautiful park City setting and the great trails it’s also makes for great mountain bike photos. I hope you enjoy the gallery, below. And for a great first-person race report, read GrizzlyAdam’s 2011 Point 2 Point blog post.
For more information and race results, please visit the 2011 Park City Point-to-Point Web site.
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