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