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!

More information can be found here for:

Iceman Cometh Race

Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association

USA Cycling

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.


More information can be found here for:

Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association

USA Cycling

Submitted by TJ Tyrrell