Brighton Girls Cross Country Regional Champs

The Brighton Girls Cross Country team were Regional Champions on Friday, October 30th.  They took home the title with only 45 points followed by Pioneer- 71 and Pinckney- 78.  The team was lead by seniors, Jenna Sica and Kirsten McGahan, placing 3rd and 6th respectively.  The team is now getting ready for the State Finals at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.

Submitted by Kristi Matuszewski


Brighton Cycling Finishes MiSCA Series Undefeated

The USA Cycling Michigan Scholastic State Champion and final MiSCA Series Race was held on 10 October in Rochester Hills.  Setting the stage for a classic fall mountain bike race, Mother Nature served up the best weather of the season for the last of the five race 2015 MiSCA program with cool temps and sunny skies, softening Bloomer Park’s mature woods for race fans and the uninitiated.


Riders who know the track are not fooled by the bright day. Lung busting climbs, rooty gnar, and tight downhill switchbacks help preserve Bloomer Park’s State Championship venue selection.  Beginners will do the short course totaling 7.8 miles (3 laps). Two technical sections are added for the JV 10.5 mile (3 laps) and Varsity 14 mile (4 laps) race.


Some riders were better prepared than others as Brighton’s Homecoming festivities had some riders a bit short on rest needed for the day’s effort.


In the Beginner Class, Kade Wirth (42:22) took 2nd place in the MiSCA/USAC Championship Race and was 2nd in the MiSCA Series.  Kyle Newton (49:26) took 3rd place and was 3rd in the Series. Unable to attend the final race, Brice Laten was 4th overall in the 8 competitor MiSCA Series.


With this race selected by USA Cycling as their Scholastic State Championship venue, it attracted competitors from as far away as Traverse City hoping to grace their race resumes with the coveted USAC State Champion moniker.


In the large 42 rider JV Class, Alex Koepfer (55:50.9) came in 2nd in the MiSCA/USAC Championship Race and 1st overall in the MiSCA Series. Conor Riddle (1:03:50.7) was 9th in the race and 3rd overall in the Series followed closely by Jason Nickels (1:03:52.0) in 10th and 8th overall in the Series.  Ben Yahr (1:07:07.3) was 18th and 11th overall in the Series and Camden Newton (1:10:28.2) came in 21st and 18th in the Series.


Brighton dominated the 22 Rider Varsity  Class with Nate Lorence (1:07:22.3) in 2nd in the MiSCA/USAC Championship Race and 2nd overall in the Series and Rob Ort (1:12:05.4) in 5th place and 4th overall in the Series. Colin Wood (1:14:23.8) was 7th and 5th in the Series.  Wade Thomas (1:!5:58.4) beset with 3 unplanned dismounts, managed 8th place in both the race and Series. Drew Harbrecht (1:16:19.2) secured 10th place and 12th in the Series with Andrew Allen (1:17:01.6) in 11th and 9th overall in the Series.  Anthony Palarchio was unable to attend the final race and was 11th overall in the Series.


In the 13 rider Women Varsity Class, Brooke Tyrrell (1:33:35) was 5th and 4th overall in the Series.


That brings a close to the Brighton Cycling Club’s MiSCA race season. Many riders have entered the Iceman Cometh Race on November 7th  that hosts over 4000 riders and has a special youth class with scholarship opportunities.  In its 26th year, the Iceman is a 32 mile point-to-point race from Kalkaska to Traverse City. Michigan’s unpredictable weather at that time of year is always a factor.


The Brighton Cycling Club will be back in the Spring’16. Watch for a kick-off meeting announcement.

Have FUN and Ride!

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Submitted by TJ Tyrrell

Girls Cross Country Update

Brighton Girls Cross Country had a great showing at the Legends Invite Saturday. They came in 3rd out of 14 teams and the top 6 ranked teams in the state were in attendance. Seaholm 57, Northville 73, Brighton 92. The girls were lead by senior Jenna Sica 8th running 18:19 (fastest time on our home course by a Brighton athlete), then sophomore Lexi Reynolds 12th running 18:41 (5th fastest in history) and sophomore Lauren Parrell 15th running 18:46(6th fastest in history).


The Brighton Girls Cross Country team beat Grand Blanc on Tuesday, 16-38.  The girls took 14 of the top 15 places in the race. The team was lead by Lexi Reynolds, Lauren Parrell, Jenna Sica and Andrea Crowe. The next race is the final dual against Milford on Tuesday, October 13th at Kensington Metropark.

Submitted by Kristi Matuszewski

No Brakes! Unstoppable Brighton Cycling

A chill morning greeted racers for the 4th race of the MiSCA Series at Island Lake Recreation Area hosted by Brighton High School’s cycling club. Racers had high hopes for a rain-free contest with precipitation forecasted to move into the area post-race.


Island Lake is a new venue for the Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association and two courses were devised to challenge riders of varying skills; A three mile loop comprised of one mile of paved path followed by two miles of singletrack on the Yellow trail for Beginner racers and younger riders, and the full Yellow trail defined the loop for the more experienced JV and Varsity riders.


Riding on their “Home Track”, Brighton Cycling dominated MiSCA podiums and left the race venue with the coveted 1st Place Team Award for the 4th consecutive time.


In the three lap (9 miles) Beginner race, Kade Wirth (45:05) took 2nd place and is tied for 1st place of seven in the series with one race remaining. Brice Laten (55:14), back in action and mostly recovered from a bruised elbow, took 3rd place, and is 3rd in the series. Kyle Newton (56:33) finished strong for 4th place and is 4th in the series.

Michigan weather once again thwarted forecaster’s best efforts as rain settled into the area just in time for the JV and Varsity race. Grassy areas and wooden bridges became slippery and threatened to dismount aggressive racers, succeeding in many cases.


Alex Koepfer (52:35) was 1st in the uber-competitive two lap (12 miles) JV race, and is in 1st place of 29 in the series with one race remaining, followed by Conor Riddle (54:05) in 3rd place and 3rd in the series. Half way through the 1st lap of the race, Jason Nickels (1:01:18) suffered an unplanned dismount on a slick wooden bridge that busted his front brake. Holding on with a free finger to keep the lever and cable out of his front wheel, Jason completed that lap, and the next, finishing 6th. Ben Yahr (01:05:28) finished 10th and is 10th in the series, and Camden Newton (01:08:05) was 11th and is 14th in the 29 rider series.


In the three lap (18 miles) Varsity race, Nate Lorence (01:10:30) was 2nd and is in 2nd place of 24 in the series. And in an exciting finishing sprint, Colin Wood (01:15:45) held on to 4th place and is 6th in the series. Rob Ort (01:18:11) finishing 6th, 3rd in the series, was followed by Wade Thomas (01:26:22) in 7th who is 7th in the series.  In another sprint finish, teammates Andrew Allen (01:29:30) edged out Drew Harbrecht (01:29:31) by a tire width, to take 8th place and is 8th in the series with Drew 9th and 11th in the 24 rider series.


Brooke Tyrrell (01:40:28) was 4th after holding onto 3rd place for two of the three six mile laps and is 5th in the 11 rider Women Varsity series.


Finally, and not to be outdone by his older brother Wade, future Varsity competitor Owen Thomas (01:00:29) completed the one lap (3 miles) 10 & Under Class in 9th of 12 on his trusty balance bike.


The final MiSCA Series Race and USA Cycling Scholastic State Championship will be on October 10th at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills, Mi. The championship race will start and end at the Hilltop Shelter and offers technical switchbacks, climbing and twisty root single trails combined with wider two track to allow for safe passing. Each lap is approximately 3 miles long, an the number of laps will vary based upon class.


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Submitted by TJ Tyrrell

Brighton Cycling Three-Peat!

Brighton Cycling pulled off a Hat Trick at the Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association (MiSCA) Race #3 at Novi’s Lakeshore Park (Tree Farm) on Saturday 19th September, 2015, again taking home the Team Win!

75 riders from various teams competed on the relatively flat but very technical 5.25 mile loop.


Rain again threatened the event as showers were in the area right up until the Beginner class race time. By the time Varsity and JV were due off the start line, clouds were clearing and the sun began to peek through at times.


The Lakeshore Park track makes up for its lack of elevation changes by challenging rider with both natural and enhanced features. Twisty root-strewn sections and several log piles favored the technically skilled riders while those with only strength and endurance found they could not gain nor maintain desired speed. Five riders failed to finish their races as the technical nature of the trail, coupled with moisture from the early rain, caused several unplanned dismounts.


Once again, Brighton dominated the 2 lap JV Class (10.5 miles) with Andrew Allen (50:39) taking the top spot with Alex Koepfer (52:04) in a three bike sprint into the finish chute taking 3rd and missing the #2 spot by no more than a wheel.  Conor Riddle (52:58) pushed hard for 8th, followed by Ben Yahr (53:28) in 10th and Jason Nickels (1:00:13) shutting the door for Brighton on over half the JV class in 16th.


Brighton’s dominance was challenged by the Tree Farm in the competitive 3 lap Varsity Class (16 miles) with Nate Lorence (1:08:43) taking 2nd place whilst riding the final 5 miles with a sticky break due to a bike tangle that dismounted both racers, knocking him out of the lead. Anthony Palarchio (1:11:31) took 4th place with Robert Ort (1:12:22) close behind in 5th and Wade Thomas (1:13:02) in 7th despite three unplanned dismounts (UPDs) on his last lap. Colin Wood (1:13:47) covered the 10th spot and Drew Harbrecht (1:39:37) with three dropped chains, edged out other racers for 14th.


Tree Farm’s technical features knocked out three of the Varsity Women racers where Brooke Tyrrell (1:29:31) managed to stay upright and took 4th place.


MiSCA Series Race #4 of the 5 race series will be at Island Lake Recreation Area on October 3rd.  Brighton Cycling will host the event with MiSCA which will take place on the fast, and sometimes tricky, Yellow Trail.

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Submitted by TJ Tyrrell

Girls Cross Country Update

The Brighton Girls Cross Country team competed at the Jefferson Invitational on Saturday. They had a perfect score of 15, taking the top 5 places.  The top 9 girls finished in the top 16 of the race. The team was lead by Lauren Parrell, Lexi Reynolds and Jenna Sica, all running the same time. The girls compete again on Tuesday in their last home meet of the season against Hartland.

Submitted by Kristi Matuszewski

Brighton Cycling Repeats Win at MiSCA #2

Brighton Cycling again took home the 1st Place Team Award at the Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association (MiSCA) Race #2 at Lake Orion High School on Saturday 12th September, 2015.

Riders from various teams competed on the challenging Lake Orion mountain bike trail network on a very chilly fall morning, that turned cold and nasty for the advanced rider categories.


The gnarly Lake Orion High School course had its way with some of the most seasoned riders, easily unseating many of them without warning on a tricky off-camber grassy curve made especially dodgy after the rain began. Rider comments about the course varied from; “It was so fun I’m coming back for sure” to “Never again…”


Kade Wirth (00:48:20) handily navigated the Beginner Class again taking the top spot on the podium but Brice Laten was unkindly dismounted by one of Lake Orion’s many trees, bruising his elbow, and taking him out early in the contest.


Michigan weather lived up to its unpredictable nature and as cold drizzle began to settle in at the start of the Varsity and JV race. By the time it transitioned to a steady downpour, most of the racers had entered the woods where the dense canopy help filtered it a bit allowing the racers to start heating up before getting completely drenched. Racers stretched the limits of their skills as many sections of the track turned muddy and slick. Nearly all the participant quickly took advantage of a hot shower at the accessible Lake Orion High School locker rooms upon finishing.


Brighton again dominated the JV Class with Wade Thomas (1:02:24) atop the podium in 1st and Alex Koepfer (1:04:01) in 2nd and riders Conor Riddle (1:08:33) 4th, followed by Jason Nickels (1:14:14) in 7th, and returning racer Camden Newton (1:26:08) in 10th.


The difficult Varsity Class was well represented by Brighton with Nate Lorence (1:16:37) again completing a ride without breaking his bike taking 2nd place and Robert Ort (1:23:53) in 5th, with Anthony Palarchio (1:25:39) finishing his first race in 6th, closely followed by Colin Wood (1:28:13) in 7th and Andrew Allen (1:29:36) in 8th. Drew Harbrecht (1:39:37) cruised into 12th place capping the Brighton Team win.


MiSCA Series Race #3 of the 5 race series will be at Lakeshore Park (Tree Farm) in Novi on Saturday 19th September where racers will enjoy an overall flatter course with less climbing but plenty of tight and twisty wooded sections and log features that will be fun and challenging for all racers.

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Submitted by TJ Tyrell

Brighton Cycling Wins MiSCA 2015 Season Opener

Brighton Cycling took home the 1st Place Team Award at the Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association (MiSCA) season opener at Addison Oaks in Leonard, Mi on Saturday 29th August, 2015.


Seventy-seven riders from various teams competed on the well-groomed Addison Oaks mountain bike trail with loops of varying length and difficulty depending on the classification. Race distance for Beginners was 8 miles, JV 13 miles, and Varsity 19.5 miles.

With USA Cycling (USAC) sanctioning the MiSCA Race Series and State Championship titles for USAC and MiSCA at stake, the series is drawing seasoned competitors from across Michigan hoping to boost their USAC Rankings and stack their race résumés.


The Beginner Class completed 2 laps of the shorter course with the Brighton filling the podium after it was determined the rider with a faster time started early in the wrong wave.  New racers this season Kade Wirth (37:29) took 1st place with Brice Laten (39:57) in 2nd and Kyle Newton (45:30) in 3rd.

Brighton dominated the 26 rider JV Class that rode 2 laps of the long course with Colin Wood (53:46.8) atop the podium in 1st and Alex Koepfer ((54:17.6) 2nd and riders Conor Riddle (56:49.5) 3rd, Ben Yahr (59:36.6) in 10th, and new racer Jason Nickels (1:0216.9) in 10th.


The 21 rider Varsity Class rode 3 laps of the Addison Oaks long course which took its toll on riders dispensing a hearty dose of leg cramps to the overly aggressive and less prepared. Nate Lorence (1:11:54.2) surprised everyone, stayed on his bike and took 3rd place for Brighton, Robert Ort (1:18:35.2) in 6th, Andrew Allen (1:20:56.7) cruised into 8th place. The long course dished on Wade Thomas (1:21:38.0), who “barked” a tree with his hand, was treated with a cold pack at his 9th place finish, and Drew Harbrecht (1:27:45.9) was 12th, and Anthony Palarchio, who started strong and pressed the lead group, until low pressure in his front wheel motivated him to exit the race and protect his equipment.

The Women’s Varsity class had 11 riders where Brooke Tyrrell (1:42:03.2) was 7th.

Rain was forecasted to commence during the JV/Varsity race threatening to gum up drivetrains and turn rock gardens slick. Fortunately, only a brief shower ensued giving the riders respite from their labor.


MiSCA Series Race #2 will be at Lake Orion High School on Saturday 12th September where twisty tight wooded sections, grassy segments and open fields will provide a fun and challenging course for all racers. The trail takes advantage of the hilly local topography and offers spectators many opportunities to see the racers.

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