Minnesota Cup #1 + Novice Race – Sunday, December 11, 2016


Minnesota Cup #1 + Novice Race

Hosted by Mt.Itasca Nordic Ski Association

2016 MN Cup 1 invitation doc

Date: Sunday, December 11, 2016

Place: Mt.Itasca, Coleraine

Race Format: Mass Start (PPSS)

Distance: TBA – base on the trail conditions

Registration:               9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Zero:                        10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Race Start:               10:45 AM Mass Start

Novice registration: 10:00AM or later on the range

Novice zero:              11:45AM – 12:15PM

Novice start:             12:30PM

Cost:         $20 (cash or check payable to MINSA)


Questions? call Vlad or Petra 218-999-5046  or e-mail cervenkv@gmail.com

Minnesota Biathlon Winter 2016-2017 Schedule

Specific times (zero, start, and so on) will be announced by the organizers of the events as the details emerge.

11 December – MN Cup #1 – Mt. Itasca
15 – 19 December – IBU Trials – Mt. Itasca
17 December – MN Cup #2
18 December – MN Cup #3
26-30 December – Y Jr Trials – Vermont
15 January – Snowflake, Duluth
28 January – 10km Pursuit – Nisswa
18-19 February – McMiller/Blackhawk, Madison
5 March – Woodland Trails, Elk River
11 March – MN Cup – Mt. Itasca

Midwest Regional Biathlon Intensity Camp October 20-23, 2016

Midwest Regional Biathlon Intensity Camp
October 20-23, 2016
Mt. Itasca/ Grand Rapids / Elk River, MN

This “hard core” camp will focus on the specific biathlon training – fast shooting drills, hard combo training, as well as  running,  strength and ski technique

experienced athletes – great camp to improve your biathlon skills:  range procedure, shooting under time pressure and hard combo intervals, additionally physical testing (uphill test, roller ski test)

Dates: Thursday, October 20 at 10 AM meeting at Mt. Itasca – Sunday, October 23 at 4 PM in Elk River


Thu 20:
10 AM: Shooting drills, 60 shoot and American tests
2 PM Combo RP Intervals 6×5 min
4 PM Easy Roller ski 1 h

Fri 21:
8 AM Uphill test
10 AM Shooting Drills, easy combo
3 PM Roller ski technique, Strength

Sat 22:
8 AM Roller ski intervals /test 6 x triple hill (4-5 min)
3 PM Combo shooting, Shooting drills 2h

Sun 23:
7 AM Departure to Elk River!!!
10 AM  Roller ski Combo / drills 1:45 h
2 PM  RP Combo Intervals/ short races

Cost : TBA – based on the housing. I need to know who plans to come, so contact me ASAP!!!!, please!

What to bring:

You will need  rifle, 1 brick of ammo (some ammo will be available to buy at the camp), running shoes, and several sets of training clothing. Also, skate roller ski equipment and helmet, water bottle carrier.  Bring some rain gear and also a pair of thin ski gloves for shooting.

If you plan to come, please let me know ASAP.
Don’t hesitate to contact me, if you have question.

Vlad Cervenka
cell: 218 256 8323 or cervenkv@gmail.com

MNBiathlon shooting camp 2016

Starting on Wed June 15th and continuing through this coming weekend, MNBiathlon is holding its annual Shooting Camp centered at Mt Itasca in Coleraine, MN. Athletes range from 12 to 22, with most in their later teens. The youngest athletes participate just the first week and in some of the easier sessions the second week. Most are from MN, however two competitors, one from Wyoming and one from the Tahoe area of California joined us this year.

With a wide variety of training including strength, aerobic activities, anaerobic activities and a lot of shooting practice, drills and tests, the camp is quite intensive and focused on the skills needed to become a better skier, a better shooter, and a better athlete overall. Facilities are minimal with tents or the wax building for sleeping, and the chalet for meals and showers. Dinners have been provided by the families of the local Grand Rapids athletes either at the venue or at their homes. The athletes/coaches prepare their breakfasts and lunches with food provided by the organizers.

Approximately 1000 rounds of ammo will be expended in practices ranging from slow fire one shot drills to full out racing. Emphasis is on accuracy, then range procedure speed, then shooting with a heartrate, high lactates and fatigue, and finally full out racing.

Aerobic activities include combo training with shooting, bike rides, long roller skis, ski technique sessions, runs, and hill bounding on the Mt Itasca trails. Anaerobic activities include roller ski time trials, bike time trials, and the upper part of hill bounding, not to mention the annual hill climb test—3 or 4 times running up Mt Itasca at 10 min intervals, and a competitive running biathlon race.

Coming up in the morning on Saturday will be a 100 mile bike ride for the older athletes and on Sunday several biathlon race/time trials to finish the camp.


Bill Meyer, Coach