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