2018 Springloppet – Sunday, March 11, 2018, Sugar Hills Ski Trails/ Itasca County

2018 Springloppet

Sunday, March 11, 2018, Sugar Hills Ski Trails/ Itasca County

2018 Springloppet

Springloppet: 24k Skate, 12k Skate, 12k Classic

Age groups for Springloppet: 18 years old and under, Men and Women 19-39,

Masters Men and Women 40+

Schedule: 10:00 AM Registration opens, bib pick-up
11:00 AM Start

Entry Fee: Springloppet $ 25.00, 18 years old and under $15.00

Registration: Race day at Sugar Hills.
Registration form and schedule available at www.skinnyski.com
Please pre-register by sending the entry form to pcervenkova@hotmail.com,

Directions: From South: 169 North 10miles – after Hill City left on 17 – then 2.5miles left on CR 449 up the hill 3miles – Sugar Hills on your left.

From North: 169 South from Grand Rapids 5miles right on 17 – after 2.5 miles left on CR 449 up the hill 3 miles – Sugar Hills on your left – watch for new parking lot!!!!.

Contacts: Vlad Cervenka – Race Coordinator, cervenkv@hotmail.com , phone: (218) 999-504

Brian Wray on 1500ESPN Radio talking about biathlon in Minnesota

Dennis Anderson of the Star Tribune and 1500ESPN radio called me Brian Wray about a short chat about biathlon in Minnesota. I agreed to go on his radio show this evening on 1500 AM at about 6:10pm as part of their weekly outdoor sports show, talking about the details of biathlon and biathlon in Minnesota.

Not sure how far out of the cities that station’s signal extends, but we’ll be on air! It looks like they also stream online: https://live.1500espn.com/listen/


Congrats to MN State Meet qualifiers

Good Morning Everyone!

Looking over the recent Section meet results, it looks like the MNBiathlon crew will be having a big reunion at State! Aside for a couple that were sick, and one recently injured in soccer, it looks like a pretty full crew.

Our congrats go out to:
Cheresa Bouley 3rd in section
Stormy Hegg
Kaisa Bosek
Emma Reinecke
Emma Stertz- 2nd in section
Clara Kramer
Maj Lis Helmer
Annika Viren
Elsa Viren

Garrett Beckrich 1st in section
Sam Stertz 3rd in section
Frank Gangi
Matej Cervenka

Also should note that Lochlan Baird—recent biathlete from Hibbing also made the cut.

My apologies if I missed anyone!
So good luck to all—and stay warm!!
Bill Meyer

Elk River Biathlon Novice Clinic – February 24-25, 2018

Elk River Biathlon Novice Clinic

February 24-25, 2018
Woodland Trails Biathlon Range, Elk River, Minnesota
20135 Elk Lake Rd NW, Elk River, MN 55330

Saturday: 11:00AM – 1:30PM
Sunday: 12:00PM – 1:00PM, immediately after the race for experienced biathletes.
Come early to spectate!

Cost: $50 for the Saturday clinic, additional $10 for optional Sunday race

What you’ll do:

on Saturday

  • Rifle safety and basic operation.
  • Shooting practice from the prone position.
  • An untimed “race” with 4 shooting stages to apply your newly acquired shooting skills.
  • Attending on Saturday is mandatory for participants.

on Sunday

  • Another novice-only race, greater in length and difficulty than Saturday’s practice race.
  • This race will be timed and have published results.
  • The race will follow after the race for more experienced athletes. Come early to watch some top competitors!
  • Sunday’s events are only available to folks who attended Saturday’s clinic.

What to bring:

  • Personal ski gear. Skate equipment is strongly preferred.
  • Bring at least one pair of gloves (not mittens or “lobster” mitts) as biathlon rifles require finger dexterity. A few pairs are better!
  • Lunch and/or snacks for yourself.
  • Water.
  • A positive attitude!

This clinic is currently capped at 15 participants. Participants beyond that will be placed on a wait list and will be notified prior to the event if space has opened up.

If you have signed up but cannot attend, please notify Brian (contact info at the bottom of the form) so we can open your slot for another attendee.

Please note that there is no water, warming, or bathroom access at the shooting range. There is a toilet located at the parking lot, a few minutes of skiing or walking from the range area.

Questions? Contact Brian at brian@minnesotabiathlon.com or 651-366-2952.

Note: We have reached the 15-person registration cap but we are still accepting registrations for the wait list. Register online: https://goo.gl/forms/xKGb69OsEn6ryYRC2

MN Cup #8 – Nisswa – Sunday Jan 21st, 2018 – RESULTS

NISSWA MNCUP #8—Sunday JAN 21st, 2018

Photos from Lynda Bouley: https://photos.app.goo.gl/9lQSPRaNWtSqunkt2

BIATHLON Results- PURSUIT Format MN Cup #8   Jan 21st, 2018
Garrett Bechrich 00:10.0 3 1 2 2 8 35:27.0 35:17.0 1 1 YM 10 km
Cam Christiansen 00:00.0 1 1 2 0 4 37:11.0 37:11.0 1 2 JM 10 km
Josh Duda 00:20.0 4 3 2 2 11 55:20.0 55:00.0 1 3 SM 10 Km
Stormy Hegg 01:10.0 2 1 2 0 5 30:21.0 29:11.0 1 1 YW 7 km
Kaisa Bosek 00:50.0 0 2 1 1 4 30:31.0 29:41.0 2 2 YW 7 km
Halcyon Brown 00:40.0 1 0 1 1 3 31:41.0 31:01.0 1 3 JW 7 km
Cheresa Bouley 01:00.0 1 1 2 2 6 33:55.0 32:55.0 3 4 YW 7 km
Emma Watson 01:20.0 0 0 0 1 1 35:23.0 34:03.0 4 5 YW 7 km
Lucy Watson 01:30.0 2 2 4 2 10 31:29.0 29:59.0 1 JG 5 km
Ryker Bosek 01:40.0 na na na na 25:40.0 24:00.0 1 JB 5km**
** Did not shoot 45 sec x 4 hold in range

WHEN: Sunday, Jan 21st, 2018
TIME: Zero at 10:00 am, races begin when all are zeroed—10:45- 11:00
WHERE: Nisswa range. Lower Roy Lake Rd, Nisswa. Next to the Nisswa Wastewater Treatment Plant/Nisswa Maintenance Facility. Note: there are no bathroom facilities available at the range. Park on road and ski down to the range.
WHAT: Two races are planned, both Pursuit Format with 10 sec interval starts based on estimated ski speeds. Depending on numbers, we will likely combine the two and run continuous.

First race:
> MM, SM, JM, YM, MW, SW, JW …10 km… 5 x Blue loop
> YW…7 km.. 2 x Blue + 3 x Yellow…..All carry rifles
> Note: Youth classes are normally AGES 16,17,18

Second race immediately after completion of first race:
> Senior B/G …7 km …2 x Blue + 3 x Yellow
> Younger B/G ..5 km..1 x Blue + 2 x Yellow + 2 x Green
> Note: Senior B/G will not carry and can include athletes 16 yrs old or younger. They will shoot at normal targets.
> Younger B/G will not carry and are athletes 14 yrs old or younger

WHO: Any athlete who has been taught biathlon safety and who has shot on their home range is eligible to participate. All will zero at 10:00 am. All participants will use their own slings/cuffs unless they provide a rest for the rifle. Target size/shooting position for Younger B/G will be adjusted according to their ability.

WEATHER: Current conditions are good at the range. We received 3” new snow yesterday on top of 3” earlier last week. We will groom on Wed and I will update after that. Prior to the last 3” snowfall we had good coverage. I expect to be able to recommend good skis.

SIGNUP AND LUNCH: Please let Bill Meyer know by Wed eve if you plan to attend so I can adjust the schedule if need be. A lunch will be provided at Meyer’s after the races. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO JOIN US FOR LUNCH.