Coaches clinic May 14/15 2016

Coinciding with the May 13/14/15 shooting camp will be a Coach’s clinic oriented towards parents wishing to help with coaching, help with camps and events, and those wanting to start their own clubs in MN.

Topics to be discussed in the classroom

  • Ski technique
  • Shooting skills
  • Understanding and building a training plan

In addition, most will have the opportunity to work on the range and try roller skiing.

The plan is to issue and check rifles on Fri evening. We will begin the Coach’s clinic with hands on work helping with rifle fitting.

I am anticipating the classroom information will be done on Saturday and Sunday mornings depending on the final training plan for the athletes. For those who wish to stay at the venue and eat Breakfast and Lunch with the athletes, the cost for food will be $20.

For those needing the handouts [similar to what we have used previously] the cost is $10 for printing.

There is no charge for the classes.

Please let me know by May 10th if you plan to attend, if you need the handouts, and/or if you will be staying overnight at the venue.


Bill Meyer, Coach

May 2016 Shooting Camp

Hello Everyone,

Here are the information  for our Midwest Region Shooting Camp at Mt. Itasca, MN. This camp is great jump start to the season and perfect time to do all new adjustments on your rifle or  fitting rifle for a new athletes.


1) new athletes- great skiers, at least 14 years old, who wants to try Biathlon. Athletes  will go through a basic safety training, will do a rifle fitting and a  start on accuracy shooting, shooting prone and standing, developing good position and range procedure

2) experienced athletes- check position- make adjustments, and get started with some focused accuracy shooting.

Basic Schedule:

Friday PM: Arrive at Mt Itasca 6 pm- having eaten dinner.   ( Let me know if you plan to come earlier)

                    6:30-8:30 Rifle fitting, dry fire


Training all day with breaks for lunch and dinner.   Main focus will be on shooting, though there will be time for physical training ( rollerski technique and running).


More shooting drills and shooting games.

Training will wrap up approx 12:30 pm with lunch and departure.

Cost and Registration:

-Cost for use of venue, coaching, and food-  $90, please make checks payable to Mt Itasca Winter Sports Association ( MINSA) .  Bring checks with you, along with the attached registration form.   Note that USBA membership is required.

-Ammo will be provided for rookie athletes.  All experienced athletes need to bring their own ammo.   Note that you will be eating out for dinner on Sat night, so bring $ for dinner.

All athletes please   confirm  that you coming with Bill or Vladimir Cervenka

What to bring:

You will be “camping” at Mt Itasca, sleeping in the Headquarters building or in your own tent (or you can stay in hotel on your own).  There are bathrooms and kitchen in the Alpine Chalet.   You’ll eat breakfast and lunches at Mt Itasca and have dinners out.  Bring $ for dinners- breakfast and lunch food will be provided.

You will need a camping mat/air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow  for sleeping.  You will need running shoes, and several sets of training clothing, as well as skate rollerski equipment and helmet, water bottle carrier, and bring some rain gear.  Also bring a pair of thin ski gloves for shooting.

New athletes who needs a rifle contact Bill Meyer at  or Vlad at

Athletes from Twin Cities- contact Piotr at  if this camp is right fit for you.

In June there will be another 12 day long camp 6.15-6.26  at Mt. Itasca with more  focus on shooting + distance/ technique training.

For more info contact

Vlad Cervenka: 218 256 8323

Bill Meyer : 218 839 4727

May Shooting Camp 2016 Waiver

2016 MNBiathlon Schedule April through November

2016 MNBiathlon Schedule April through November
18th Monday Beg Annual Training Statewide Bill
23rd Saturday Time Trial & shooting test Nisswa 10:00 Bill
13-15TH Fri-Sunday Weekend Shooting Camp Mt Itasca TBA Vlad/Bill
15TH-26TH Wed- Sun Shooting Camp + xc bia race Mt Itasca TBA Vlad/Bill
10TH-23RD Sun- Sat Colorado High Altitude Camp Colorado TBA Vlad
28th Thurs Roller ski Biathlon Race Elk River Range 5:00 PM zero Brian Wray
7th-14th Sun – Sun Jericho, VT Combo Jericho, VT TBA Vlad/Bill
Sat/Sun NorAm Biathlon Championships Jericho, VT TBA
15th-20th Mon- Sat Lake Placid Development Camp Lake Placid, NY TBA Vlad
1st Thurs Roller ski Biathlon Race Elk River Range 5:00 PM zero Brian Wray
25th Sunday Roller ski Biathlon Race Elk River Range 10:00 zero Brian Wray
20th-23rd Thurs-Sun High Intensity Camp Mt Itasca. ER rge TBA Vlad/Bill
29th/30th Sat/Sun Fall Festival
Sat Roller ski Biathlon Race Nisswa Cam’s rge 10:00 zero Bill/Cam
Sun Roller ski Biathlon Race Elk River Range 10:00 zero Brian Wray
18th-27th Fri-Sun On snow camp – W Yellowstone W Yellowstone MT TBA Vlad
Note: In addition there will be a number of 8/12km Time Trials and shooting tests in Nisswa throughout the summer and fall watch the weekly training plan for details.

Equipment Maintenance

Good Morning!

Couple of housekeeping thoughts

You should always keep wax on the bases of your skis. That said, some of us get careless and don’t wax until we are ready to race again. And the skis get slower and slower…Over summer in particular the bases need to be covered. If you are done skiing for the year, put on a warm wax –Toko Red, Swix violet etc and take it off warm. This will remove the dirt, fluoros, old wax etc ; then put on another layer and leave it until next fall. Don’t scrape it. Bases will oxidize if left uncovered and fluoros in particular will oxidize quickly. The wax techs don’t like to put the fluoros on until the morning of the big races as they feel they will oxidize overnight!! Clean them/cover them

Clean your rifle. Today. Always keep it clean including scrubbing the bore with the brass brush. Be sure the brush fits tightly and is not worn out. Rifles will improve their accuracy when clean….carbon, lead and powder residue DO NOT improve the accuracy. That mix will slowly anneal each time you send a hot bullet down the barrel, and it will get really hard to remove later on. Plus the chambers get so gummed up with bullet lube, etc that you can’t feed the new round into them.

So for the end of the season—REALLY clean it!! Then keep dryfiring, shooting occasionally and cleaning it again all the way through the recovery month. Even if you think you cleaned it well and second or third cleaning will continue to cut into the mess in the barrel. And help control the corrosion from your skin acid on the exterior.

The recovery month starts when you are done racing for the season. You should transition into running and biking, and work on weight training focusing on getting back into balance. Skiing like any sport uses certain muscles..over and over. Your body gets out of muscular balance. Now is the time to balance it up. So work all sides of the joints, front/rear; side/side; top and bottom. Then you will be ready to start training again around the middle of April. As a minimum, work on the attached prestrength routine.

Enjoy the vacation!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

1516 prestrength

MN Cup: Biathlon Race & Novice Race – Mt. Itasca – Sat, March 5, 2016 – RESULTS

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Minnesota Cup: Biathlon Race & Novice Race

Hosted by Mt.Itasca Nordic Ski Association

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016

2016 MN Cup, March 5, Mt.Itasca

Place: Mt.Itasca, Coleraine

Race Format: Mass Start (PPSS)

Distance: G, YW, JW, SW, MW: 7.5km
               B, YM, JM, SM, MM: 10km;

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