Brighton Cycling, with new members and some first time racers, challenged athletes from a broad group of Michigan cyclists and teams in Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association’s (MiSCA) third and final race in the 2014 series held at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills on Saturday 27th September.
A beautiful and warm fall day greeted arriving racers as the MiSCA crew finished course setup and registration. This event would also determine the MiSCA and USA Cycling (USAC) Scholastic State Champions for Michigan in the various race categories.
Brighton’s Beginner Racers in the 10:00am Waves had 3 laps for a total of 9 miles. New member and first time racer, and now category State Champion, Alex Koepfer (46:31.7) took an early lead and sprinted to the finish in 1st place in a Men’s Beginner (15-18) category filled with Brighton Athletes. Ben Yahr (47:25.6) was close behind for 2nd place with Camden Newton (53:27.8) 3rd ensuring Brighton would fill the top three podium positions. Ben Yahr captured the coveted MiSCA Series award based on points in the best two of three races.
Despite a nagging seat-post that loosened during the ride, first time racer Megan Schnurstein’s (1:07:39.9) 1st place entry in the Women’s Beginner (15-18) category helped Brighton take an early lead in the team standings as she secured the State Champion award in that category.
Competition heated up in the 11:30am Waves on a reconfigured course that added distance and difficulty for the JV and Varsity categories filled with athletes from Clarkston School’s Flying Rhino MiSCA Team, Real Women Tri, Cycletherapy Orange Krush Cycle Club MiSCA, RBS Cycling Team, Trails Edge MiSCA, and Leadout Racing, each with their eyes on State Champion designations from MiSCA and USAC.
Unintended dismounts were not uncommon on the advanced course with technical terrain that required both skill and perseverance to successfully navigate several root-strewn climbs, drops, and curves.
Wade Thomas shook off a string of tough luck for a 1st place finish and is State Champion in the Men’s JV category completing the 3 lap (10.5 miles) JV circuit with a time of 58:57.3. Colin Wood (59:37.7) and Nate Lorence (1:00:26.8) finished 2nd and 3rd respectively with Nate capturing the MiSCA Series title award for Men’s JV. Drew Harbrecht 5th (1:02:04.8) and Andrew Allen 6th (19:02:05.2) finished a blink apart as both sprinted to the finish in the hotly contended JV race and Rob Ort (1:03:49.0) 10th, was slowed by a petulant drivetrain that was replaced shortly after the race.
Brooke Tyrrell captured the Women’s Varsity MiSCA Series title award, and was 2nd in the Varsity 4 lap (14 miles) race with a time of 1:41:13.8.
The Men’s 4 lap (14 miles) Varsity race was stacked with talent from across southern Michigan. Kyle Bohnsack secured the MiSCA Series title award and came in 5th with a time of 1:14:51.3 with Austin Loper (1:16:19.5) close behind in 6th. Stuart Schmoeger (1:27:43.0) repaired the chain and wheel that failed him in MiSCA Race #2 just in time and closed the door on Brighton’s competition in 10th.
In the end, Brighton Cycling talent overwhelmed competitor teams with its best score of the season and took home the 2014 MiSCA State Championship Team Award!
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More information on USAC can be found here: http://www.usacycling.org
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Submitted by TJ Tyrrell