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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Submitted by TJ Tyrell