2017 North American Rollerski Biathlon Championships

After a week of training at the venue including an early morning run up the hill to the range, 100 pushups and a lot of combination training [skiing/shooting] , on Saturday and Sunday, the US Biathlon Association held the annual NorAm Rollerski Biathlon Championships at the challenging venue in Jericho Center, Vermont. Minnesota was represented by 18 Biathletes, 15 who traveled from MN plus Raleigh Goessling, currently in Maine,formerly from Esko; Leif Nordgren, with the US Team formerly from Marine on the St Croix and Jake Brown, with the US X Team formerly from the Twin Cities. Paul Schommer and Bill Bowler from Wisconsin also participated.

Results are online at http://www.eabiathlon.org/

On Saturday all classes did a Sprint Race followed on Sunday by a Mass Start for the Senior Women and Junior/Senior Men. For the other classes on Sunday was a Pursuit race with 5 sec interval starts based on the previous days finish.

Participating from MN:
Senior Men and finish places
Leif Nordgren             5th in Sprint, 7th in Mass Start
Paul Schommer         7th & 4th
Jakob Ellingson,         10th & 12th
Vasek Cervenka         11th &  11th-[Note: Vasek is a Youth racing up to Seniors]
Bill Bowler                 13th & 15th
Jake Brown                14th & 16th
Raleigh Goessling     16th & 17th
Senior Women
Siena Ellingson         7th & 10th
Junior Men
Cam Christiansen     1st in  Jr Sprint, 18th in Mass Start [Cam raced up to Seniors in Mass Start]
Junior Women
Halcyon Brown        3rd in Sprint and 3rd in Pursuit on Sunday
Youth Men
Garrett Beckrich        9th & 2nd
Youth Women
Emma Stertz            2nd & 2nd
Sam Stertz             6th & 8th
Matej Cervenka     8th & 11th
Frank Gangi           11th & 9th
Lucia Wyland         2nd & 4th
Kaisa Bosek            3rd & 2nd
Stormy Hegg           5th & 5th
Annika Viren          6th & 6th
Elsa Viren               7th & 10th

Note in the US podium picture [no Canadian]-all MN Girls—lr Lucia Wyland, Kaisa Bosek, Stormy Hegg

Bill Meyer, MNBiathlon Coach

Elk River Roller Ski Biathlon Race – Th, July 20, 2017 – RESULTS

Elk River Roller Ski Biathlon Race

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

https://photos.app.goo.gl/0axWTRQXxuVKXXyZ2 – pictures by Brian Wray

Here are some race results and pictures from Minnesota Biathlon’s first summer roller ski biathlon race of the year held at Elk River on Thursday evening. The course was a mix of the paved Woodland Trails adding up to 9.3km. The format was pursuit with 10 sec interval starts, and prone prone standing standing for the shooting. The athlete does a 150 meter extra loop for each missed shot. Twenty shots total.

On the Men’s side, Youth Man, Vasek Cervenka, Mt Itasca Biathlon,  laid down the best time of the evening, 27:41 including skiing 4 penalties for 4 missed shots narrowly edging out Senior Man, Jakob Ellingson, also of Mt Itasca Biathlon, who finished in 27:45 w/5 misses.

On the Women’s side, Senior Woman, Siena Ellingson, USBA Senior National Development Team,  finished 1st in 34:30 with 5 misses, and Kaisa Bosek, Girl,  Alexandria’s Wolfpack Biathlon, finished 2nd in 39:25 with 5 penalties, also.

The next event will be in Jericho Vermont, the NorAm Rollerski Biathlon Championships the 12th and 13th of August followed by the 2nd in the MNBiathlon series at Elk River the 24th of August with zero at 5:00.

Race Announcement 7_20_17

Place Name Category Start Finish Adjustment Reason Overall Time P1 P2 S1 S2 Total Misses
1 Matej Cervenka B 0:03:10 0:45:32 0:00:05 No open targets 0:42:17 0 3 3 3 9
2 Frank Gangi B 0:03:00 0:48:14 0:45:14 1 4 5 5 15
1 Kaisa Bosek G 0:02:40 0:42:05 0:39:25 1 1 1 2 5
2 Stormy Hegg G 0:02:30 0:43:49 0:00:30 bad target, extra pen 0:40:49 2 3 4 2 11
3 Emma Watson G 0:03:50 0:47:19 0:43:29 0 2 0 4 6
4 Clara Kramer G 0:03:20 0:47:31 0:44:11 4 3 2 5 14
5 Elsa Viren G 0:03:40 0:48:24 0:44:44 3 4 2 1 10
6 Lucy Watson G 0:04:00 1:05:42 0:00:30 Persons downrange 1:01:12 4 2 4 3 13
Junior Men
1 Cam Christiansen JM 0:01:30 0:35:26 0:33:56 3 1 0 2 6
Junior Women
1 Halcyon Brown JW 0:02:10 0:42:59 0:00:10 No open targets 0:40:39 2 1 3 2 8
1 Ryker Bosek N 0:04:10 0:25:47 0:21:37 0 0 0 1 1
Senior Men
1 Jakob Ellingson SM 0:01:10 0:28:55 0:27:45 1 3 1 0 5
2 Bill Bowler SM 0:01:00 0:32:08 0:31:08 3 1 1 3 8
Senior Women
1 Siena Ellingson SW 0:01:50 0:36:20 0:34:30 2 1 1 1 5
2 Hanne Guthrie SW 0:02:00 0:42:24 0:40:24 4 2 5 3 14
Youth Men
1 Vasek Cervenka YM 0:01:20 0:29:01 0:27:41 1 0 1 2 4
2 Garret Beckrich YM 0:01:40 0:35:55 0:34:15 2 1 2 3 8
Youth Women
1 Lucia Wyland YW 0:02:50 0:42:25 0:39:35 4 3 2 2 11
2 Cheresa Bouley YW 0:02:20 0:48:21 0:46:01 2 2 2 2 8
3 Anika Viren YW 0:03:30 0:51:17 0:47:47 2 3 4 3 12


  • 10K Interval Start (3 medium / 2 short loops)
    • PPSS with Penalty Loops
    • 10 second interval starts
  • Registration 4:30 PM
    • Please have your paperwork and payment complete before you come to the range.
  • Zero – 5:00 PM
  • Race Start – 6:00 PM
  • Cost – $10.00 (Cheap!)
    • Make checks payable to Minnesota Biathlon
    • Volunteers needed!! Please call Brian to volunteer.
    • Any questions? – Call Brian Wray at 651-366-2952

Midwest Biathlon Altitude Camp

Vasek Cervenka, Jakob Ellingson, and Cam Christiansen crossing the Trail Ridge pass in Rocky Mountain National Park for the second time today. The crew rode up the west side of the park, over the 11796 foot pass and down into Estes Park on the East side, then decided to see the scenery from the other direction and reversed course back home crossing the pass again.

125 miles of riding..and a few feet of climb..

Cam reported, “I don’t know whether I am dead or just dying.”

Shooting camp results past 3 years

MN Biathlon Shooting Camp results, times, scores 2016

If you find your name you can scroll across and see old results and this years for comparison. The camp format changes somewhat each year, but the hill climb, time trials, etc are all on the same courses as previous years. This year I think the wind was up more days and stronger/fluctuating more.

Any questions or corrections, please let me know.

Bill Meyer, Coach

Midwest Regional Biathlon Development Camp Mt Itasca – June 2017

Midwest Regional Biathlon Development Camp – Mt Itasca

14th Of June To The 24th Of June, 2017

The June Shooting Camp was held during the past two weeks at Mt Itasca and also using facilities in Grand Rapids and the nearby Mesabi State Trail. Participants ranged from age 13 to 23 with the younger athletes mostly participating through the race event on Sunday the 18th.

Most from out of town camped at Mt Itasca using the Chalet building for meals and showers. A nearby beach in Coleraine also saw some use. The weather cooperated nicely with the random showers missing the scheduled workouts, and temps ranging from the 40’s at night to maybe 70’s on the warmer days. It was windy every day, which affected the shooting more than in some previous years.

The camp started with 18 athletes mostly from MN, but also WI, CO, and CA. Coaches were Vlad Cervenka, Petra Cervenka, Eric Watson, Jeff Bosek, Mark Torresani, and myself, Bill Meyer.

The first week emphasis was on shooting skills working on range procedure, accuracy, and shooting speed and using the normal tests including the 20 shot and French tests. Physical tests included the Mt Itasca hill climb [3 or 4 times running] a bike time trial, and a summer cross race on Sunday am.

The following week saw a shift in emphasis to more physical activities, w/ a lot of additional shooting. On Monday, there was a 5/7.5 km running test on hilly ski trails in Grand Rapids at the high school, followed by roller skiing on the state trail. Tues saw a 11.5km roller ski time trial on the state trail, with some Nordic Combined athletes jumping in.

Wed morning as combo shooting and for some, in the pm they did another 20 shot test. Thursday began the harder workouts of the week with a hard hill bounding/strength workout in the am on Mt Itasca, followed by some easy combos in the pm.


Friday morning was the century bike ride, with most of the men and some women doing 100 miles and the other women going 100 km. It was a very windy ride with steady winds of 16 mph and gusts close to 30.

Saturday saw the conclusion with some fun shooting races including a single leg relay followed by a reverse pursuit with the relay finishers saddled with a 10 sec per place handicap.

All in all it was a successful camp with all the athletes gaining skills, improving their fitness, and learning to cope with camp life.

All results will be posted on the Minnesota Biathlon webpage as soon as I get them tabulated.

Bill Meyer

26 June 2017