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.
Information can be found here for:
Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association http://miscabike.org/
USA Cycling http://www.usacycling.org/
Submitted by TJ Tyrell