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.
Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association http://miscabike.org/
USA Cycling http://www.usacycling.org/
Submitted by TJ Tyrrell