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Point2Point to be held Saturday

When the Park City Point2Point bicycle race ends on Saturday afternoon at Canyons Village, a new male rider will be standing atop the podium.

After winning the first six Point2Points, Alex Grant will be in Andorra for the World Mountain Biking Championships during the seventh-annual Park City race.

Race Director Jay Burke said the men’s field is wide open this year without Grant in the running.

"We’ll have a new winner," he said. "On the guys’ side, there’s a little bit of wanting to beat him fair and square, but there’s some excitement on that side as well. It kind of opens the door a little bit. There are definitely a couple locals who could punch their way in."

Burke highlighted locals Nate Miller and Will McDonald as riders to keep an eye on, as well as Utahn Rob Squire, who competed in the Tour of Utah this year.

"He just won a stage over in Colorado, too," he said. "I look to see him pushing it pretty hard off the get-go. But, on the other side, he’s more of a road racer."

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Saturday’s event will feature 350 cyclists competing in men’s and women’s divisions over the 72-mile course. Burke said the women’s half of the race should feature some fantastic racing.

"I’m most excited about the female side," he said. "We have a super strong field lined up."

Though defending champion Gretchen Reeves won’t be in attendance, Burke said the women’s race should still provide plenty of fireworks.

"There are 10 women who could be on the podium," he said.

With registration capped at 350 riders, Burke said he’s happy with how diverse the field is.

"What we have here is pretty cool," he said. "The race is getting a lot of national notoriety. One of the things I’m most proud of is we have 20 states represented in the field again this year."

He added that the race has been sold out for months as it continues to grow in popularity.

"The entries went on sale Feb. 15 and sold out in five minutes again," he said. "The demand is crazy."

Burke said there will be trail impacts with Saturday’s race, but added that recreational bikers shouldn’t have too much trouble avoiding the heavily trafficked areas.

"The long and short of it is, if you want to ride in the morning, your best bets are to ride Park City and the Canyons area," he said. "If you’re going to ride in the afternoon, the best bet is the Round Valley area. It’s pretty easy to avoid it, people just need to be aware it’s happening."

The race begins at 7 a.m. in Round Valley. The finish area is at Canyons Village, where Burke expects racers to cross the finish line in a six-hour time frame.

"Our first finisher will probably cross the line at 1:15 or 1:30 p.m. and the last finisher will probably be around 7 or 7:30," he said. "The majority of people cross the line between 3 and 5:30."

For more information on trails impacted by Saturday’s race, visit http://www.thepcpp.com/trail-impact .