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

MIdwest Regional Biathon June Shooting Camp

Midwest Regional Biathlon Development Camp

June 15-26, 2016

Mt. Itasca/ Grand Rapids MN

This camp will focus on developing biathlon shooting skills- position, accuracy drills, and combo training for athletes that have varying experience in biathlon . Volume training, rollerskiing, running, biking, as well as strength and technique work.


1) new athletes: 14 years and older must be a good skier – perfect camp, if you are serious about biathlon. Shooting (including rifle set up) focused on accuracy, practicing both positions – prone and standing, developing good position and range procedure, accuracy shooting, combo shooting.

For new and younger athletes I would recommend to stay just for the 1st week. (6.15-6.19)

2) experienced athletes – great camp to improve your biathlon skills: shooting – check position – make adjustments, focused accuracy  and  combo shooting, rollerski technique, strength,  plus several butt kicking workouts…

Daily schedule: first week – shooting twice a day with 1 or 2 physical workout as well;

second week – combo shooting with more biathlon specific training (rollerskiing, running, biking, strength) with few epic workouts!!!

Sunday 6.19th – Summer Biathlon Race ( Running)

Dates: Wednesday, June 15 at 10 AM meeting at Mt. Itasca – Sunday, June 26 at Noon

Cost : includes use of venue, coaching, housing, food, transport
1 week   – $250 (6.15. – 6.19.)
2 weeks – $550 (6.15.- 6.26.)

What to bring:

We will be camping at Mt. Itasca therefore  you will need a camping gear tent, mat /air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow. Option is also sleeping in the wax room.

You will need rifle, 2 brick of ammo (some ammo will be available to buy at the camp), running shoes, and several sets of training clothing. Also, skate rollerski equipment, road bike helmet, water bottle carrier. Bring some rain gear and also a pair of thin ski gloves for shooting.   Bug spray may be a good idea as well.

For new and younger athletes I would recommend to stay just for the 1st week. (6.15-6.19) On Sunday 6.19 there will be a Summer Biathlon Race ( running)

If you plan to come, let me know ASAP, please. Specify also,  if you are coming for 1 or 2 week !!!

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have question,

Vlad Cervenka

cell: 218 256 8323 , or Bill Meyer

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