The Iceman Cometh 2019

It’s the biggest race in Michigan. It’s famously popular and more famously crowded. We love it, but complain about its imperfections. It’s a party in the woods with 5,500 of your best cycling friends, sometimes in the middle of the race. There are people handing out bacon, bananas, and beverages. Iceman 2019 was a race against the conditions as much as anything. It’s different every year but it’s never boring.

This year it rained, snowed, hailed, froze and thawed before, during and after the race. We had 4″ of snow, all of which melted. Then, during the Juniors and Pros it snowed and hailed a bit for good measure. There were miles of peanut butter mud, and miles of beautiful hard packed VASA XC Ski trail. Hills (full of walkers to dodge), a start venue that included an airport runway, the famous paved road crossing at Williamsburg Rd., and in the midst of it all, a dozen Coyotes finished the Iceman Cometh Challenge in 2019.

Before the race. Before the mud.
Coyotes warmed up on the airport runway in Kalkaska.
Left to Right: Madine Whitmer, Anabel Miller, Haydon Frehr, Luke Zuelke, David Brower (friend-of-the-team), Drake Marine, Nicholas Budden, Addison Forrester, Gage Bouwman.
12 Coyotes Finished the Iceman!
We got 9 of them to pose for a post-race picture.
Back Row: Eli Zuelke, Judah Gustafson
Front Row (L-R): Olivia Miller, Madine Whitmer, Anabel Miller,
Addison Forrester, Haydon Frehr, Easton Foster, Luke Zuelke

This year’s challenging course pushed everyone to the brink both mentally and physically. It also brought out their best and allowed the team to cap their race season successfully on the biggest stage Michigan has to offer. Coyotes – If I missed you on the racer list below, drop us an email and we’ll get it rectified quickly!

Coyotes Icemen / Icewomen

  • Leorah Roeber – 6th Place – Junior Women 9-14 – 4:12:20
  • Haydon Frehr – 12th Place – Junior Men 9-14 – 3:11:39
  • Drake Marine – 14th Place – Junior Men 9-14 – 3:16:14
  • Gage Bouwman – 23rd Place – Junior Men 9-14 – 3:34:30
  • Nicholas Budden – 26th Place – Junior Men 15-16 – 3:24:53
  • Isaiah Roeber – 29th Place – Junior Men 9-14 – 4:14:36
  • Gavin Cunningham – 33rd Place – Junior Men 15-16 – 4:04:45

Slush Cup Coyotes

  • Marley Marine – 2nd Place – Girls 10-Under – 46:08
  • River Bouwman – 3rd Place – Girls 10-Under – 47:08
  • Olivia Miller – 4th Place – Girls 11-12 – 40:39
  • Eli Zuelke – 12th Place – Boys 11-12 – 42:17
  • Hale Phillips – 22nd Place – Boys 13-14 – 45:47

More Pictures

THANK YOU Sponsors!

Finally, a huge thank you to our sponsors. This whole team is paid for by your donations. THANK YOU!

Jason Ryan – State Farm Insurance Agent
Central District Cyclery
Breakaway Bicycles and Fitness GH/Muskegon
Velocity USA
Hammer Nutrition
Garrison Dental Solutions | Sectional Matrix System | Composi-Tight
ElectroMedia Inc.
Campus West
Vie ƐƖ Kustom Apparel
West Michigan Coast Riders
MiSCA Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association
Joe D. Arbutante D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Lowell Gravel Report

Several Coyotes kept their season rolling by participating in the Lowell Classic Gravel Road Race, one of the staples of gravel racing in West Michigan.

The Coyotes MiSCA season is over, but with more races on the calendar, you can expect to get a smattering of updates from the team throughout the year. At this week’s race in Lowell, the Coyotes had dual-winners, both of whom were doing their final tuneup for the Iceman Cometh Challenge next week.

15 Mile Race – Boys 13-17

In the Boys 13-17 age group for the 15-mile race, Drake Marine won the race and finished as the overall winner of the entire race! NICE JOB!

Levi Minnerick finished third in the Boys 13-17 race as well. The podium shot below shows both Coyotes receiving their awards. We love that hat, Levi!

33 Mile Race – Girls 13-17

Madine Whitmer participated in the 30-mile race the youngest participant at that distance and snagged the top spot on the podium as well!

Several Coyotes will be in action this weekend at the season finale of Michigan mountain bike racing, the 30th Annual Iceman Cometh Challenge.

PEAK2PEAK

One of the major MTB races in Michigan, Peak2Peak is the second to last race of the year for many riders, with Iceman signaling the end of the season in a few weeks.

While our MiSCA season is over, there were plenty of Coyotes milling around Thompsonville today (and other MiSCA riders too!). In fact, I think it’s safe to say MiSCA is responsible for growing the field for youth cycling in every event.

Coyotes Results

Expert Men

  • Judah Gustafson, Men Expert 18-34, 1st
  • Luke Zuelke, Men Expert 18-34, 4th

Sport Men

  • Nicholas Budden, Boys & Girls 12-14, 5th

Beginner Men

  • Jacob Boon, Men Beginner 12-19, 1st
  • Eric Hoffman, Men Beginner 12-19, 2nd

Great job representing the Coyotes today!

State Champions, Bloomer Recap, and End-of-Season Party

Double State Champions has a nice ring to it.
Middle School State Championship Award Presentation
Undefeated Season – 2019
High School State Championship Award Presentation
Perfectly Posed Team Photo? Hardly.
An exciting and hard-earned Championship? Absolutely.

Well, it’s been a busy week, Coyotes! On Sunday we had our final race (Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills), won a double State Championship and came home with some great memories of the racing season. Then, last night on Tuesday we had our team end-of-season party at Cannonsburg, complete with Tacos and a very brief night ride (on the pump track for most of you) and some spectacular (but not unexpected) lightning and rain.

For the most part this newsletter, website, our Remind.com texts, Facebook page, and other media will go pretty quiet for a few months. That’s the nature of the end of the season and the start of the dark months of Michigan winter. Some of you will be at Peak-to-Peak this weekend, others at the Iceman Cometh Challenge in November and still others grinding it out in the snow over the winter on their fat bikes. For the most part though, this will be the last newsletter until April or May. So enjoy your offseason and we’ll all look forward to talking with you in the spring!

Final Standings – State Championships

The Coyotes had several finishers on the podium (Top 3) for the overall MiSCA Series at the end of the season. Points are calculated by taking the best 5 races any racer finished. This allows for a stray mechanical, illness or crash in one race without tanking someone’s prospects of achieving their goals. This practice is consistent with other race series as well. Full (final) series results are available at MiSCABike.org.

State Championship Podium Winners

Haydon Frehr – State Champion
Drake Marine – 2nd Runner Up
Boys Advanced Middle School
Final Standings, State Championship
Freida Kincaid – Runner Up
Girls Advanced Middle School
Final Standings, State Championship
Anabel Miller – Runner Up
Girls Varsity
Final Standings, State Championship
Brevin Martin – 2nd Runner Up
Boys Middle School 6th-7th
Final Standings, State Championship
Luke Zuelke – 2nd Runner Up
Boys Varsity
Final Standings, State Championship

All Coyotes that raced at least 3 races were eligible for the overall State Championships awards:

  • Marley Marine, Girls Upper Elementary, 5th Overall
  • Olivia Miller, Girls Middle School, 5th Overall
  • Leorah Roeber, Girls Middle School Advanced, 5th Overall
  • Eli Zuelke, Boys Middle School 6-7, 5th Overall
  • Madine Whitmer, Girls JV, 5th Overall
  • Nathaniel Vogler, Boys JV 11-12, 6th Overall
  • Brigid Whitmer, Girls Middle School, 7th Overall
  • Addison Forrester, Girls Varsity, 9th Overall
  • Raven Kincaid, Girls Varsity, 10th Overall
  • Levi Minnerick, Boys Middle School 6-7, 10th Overall
  • Adam Polmenteer, Boys Novice 10-12, 10th Overall
  • Bryce Natter, Boys Varsity, 11th Overall
  • Isaiah Roeber, Boys Middle School Advanced, 11th Overall
  • Henry Wert, Boys Upper Elementary, 11th Overall
  • Spencer Foster, Boys Lower Elementary, 12th Overall
  • Owen Tesch, Boys Middle School 8, 12th Overall
  • River Bouman, Girls Upper Elementary, 13th Overall
  • Eric Hoffman, Boys JV 9-10, 16th Overall
  • Tim Knape, Boys Middle School 8, 18th Overall
  • Vaughn White, Boys Middle School 6-7, 20th Overall
  • Nicholas Budden, Boys Varsity, 23rd Overall
  • Jacob Boon, Boys JV 9-10, 25th Overall
  • Josiah Taylor, Boys Middle School 6-7, 34th Overall
  • Owen Handwerk, Boys JV 9-10, 39th Overall

Bloomer Park Race Review

The Coyotes are State Champions for both Middle School and High School Composite XC MTB! This, in our third year! It goes without saying that we’re incredibly proud of the effort all our racers put with the Yellow and Blue on each week. MiSCA puts together by far the most well-attended youth series in Michigan, and we wish to express our thanks for their hard work.

At the final race, the Coyotes took 2nd in the H.S. Division and 1st in the Middle School race (capping an undefeated Middle School season!). Those finishes were enough to earn the overall State Championship trophies for both.

Podium Results:

Other Results:

  • Marley Marine, Girls Upper Elem, 6th
  • Nathaniel Vogler, Boys JV 11-12, 6th
  • River Bouman, Girls Upper Elem, 7th
  • Brian Miller, Coaches Race, 7th
  • Adam Polmenteer, Boys Novice 10-12, 7th
  • Brigid Whitmer, Girls MS, 7th
  • John Frehr, Coaches Race, 12th
  • Bryce Natter, Boys Varsity, 12th
  • Spender Foster, Boys Lower Elem, 14th
  • Eric Hoffman, Boys JV 9-10, 14th
  • Levi Minnerick, Boys MS 6-7, 15th
  • Henry Wert, Boys Upper Elem, 15th
  • Nicholas Budden, Boys Varsity, 16th
  • Eli Zuelke, Boys MS 6-7, 16th
  • Jacob Boon, Boys JV 9-10, 28th
  • Owen Handwerk, Boys JV-9-10, 43rd

End-of-Season Party Pictures

Our end of season party was at Cannonsburg, featured Taco Tuesday, a campfire on the deck, chilly wet weather, great food from parents and a brief but spectacularly lit night ride!

Racers all received personalized top-tube stickers, a Pack Loyalty Certificate, cycling socks and two free tacos. In short, it was a nice evening to celebrate each rider and their progress this season. Turns out, riding bikes in the woods is pretty fun!

Here are a few pictures from the evening:

THANK YOU Sponsors!

Finally, a huge thank you to our sponsors. This whole team is paid for by your donations. THANK YOU!

Jason Ryan – State Farm Insurance Agent
Central District Cyclery
Breakaway Bicycles and Fitness GH/Muskegon
Velocity USA
Hammer Nutrition
Garrison Dental Solutions | Sectional Matrix System | Composi-Tight
ElectroMedia Inc.
Campus West
Vie ƐƖ Kustom Apparel
West Michigan Coast Riders
MiSCA Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association
Joe D. Arbutante D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

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