June and Vermont Camps General Information

Hi Everyone-

A number of questions have come up regarding the June Camp at Mt Itasca [ June 14th-24th] and the Vermont Camp [August 6th-13th].

The June camp at Mt Itasca is appropriate for pretty much anyone 14 or older, or younger with some experience on roller skis and shooting. We will move on from what we did this past weekend at Mt Itasca. Normally the younger athletes will stay through the first weekend and get in the summer running race, while the older athletes should plan on the entire time. We will have an invitation out shortly on that. The first week is weighted towards shooting skills with a lot of other physical activity, and the second week is weighted toward harder physical activity with a lot of shooting.

The Vermont camp is much larger and ends with the North American Rollerski Biathlon Championships on Sat/Sun. Below is a webpage that indicates who participated in those events last year.

http://www.eabiathlon.org/results/2016RollerskiSprint.pdf

Again age 14 and up is appropriate, with skill on roller skis and good shooting ability. The roller loops are dedicated to skiing—no vehicle traffic. They were recently repaved 2 years ago and are really hilly and fun to ski. The range sits in a saddle between two low eastern mountains and the trails all go down from the range [and back up before you shoot].

The classes last year placed 14-16 yr olds in a Boys/Girls category and 17-18 yr olds in a Youth category. For purposes of the Youth and Junior Trials/Championships next winter, an athlete who turns 15-18 [inclusive] during 2017 is eligible for the Worlds events as a Youth. 19-20 are Juniors. Last year a 14 yr old girl from California qualified but was denied due to her age by the IBU. Those trials were held in Vermont on the same trails as the Summer Championships. This year the YJr Trials will be at Mt Itasca between Christmas and New Years. Anyone eligible by age should participate for the experience at least. Classes will be available for seniors, masters and Boys/Girls as well. At Trials and Worlds Youth and Juniors as aged above all need to carry their rifles.

We rarely, very rarely, see a first year participant in the Trials qualify for the Worlds Team. So normally the first year is for the experience!!

Hope this helps!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Midwest Regional Biathlon Development Camp June 14-24, 2017 Mt. Itasca/ Grand Rapids MN

Midwest Regional Biathlon Development Camp
June 14-24, 2017
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.

June Midwest Regional Camp 2017 Waiver (1)

Who:

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. (6.14-6.18)

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 6.18th – Summer Biathlon Race ( Running)

Dates: Wednesday, June 14 at 10 AM meeting at Mt. Itasca – Saturday, June 24 at Noon

Cost : includes use of venue, coaching, housing, food, transport
1 week   – $250 (6.14. – 6.18.)
2 weeks – $500 (6.14.- 6.24.)

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 , cervenkv@gmail.com or Bill Meyer  wmeyer@nisswa.net

2017 Summer / Fall Schedule incl race dates

MINNESOTA BIATHLON SUMMER / FALL 2017 SCHEDULE
 2017 Summer Schedule 3_24_17
Month Date Day Location Description Zero Start
May 19 Friday Mt. Itasca Shooting Camp 6 PM
20 Saturday Mt. Itasca Shooting Camp
21 Sunday Mt. Itasca Shooting Camp
20 Saturday Coaching Biathlon for Parents – evening – Bill Meyer
June 14 – 24 Wednesday – Saturday Mt. Itasca Shooting Camp
17 Saturday Mt. Itasca Mass Start – Running 10 AM 10:40 AM
       June 29 – July 13 – High Altitude Camp – Colorado – Vlad Cervenka
July 27 Thursday Elk River Individual Start – Roller Ski 5 PM 6 PM
     August 5 – August 13 – Jericho VT Camp
12 Saturday Jericho Sprint roller ski
13 Sunday Jericho Pursuit roller ski
August 24 Thursday Elk River Mass Start – Roller Ski 5 PM 6 PM
September 24 Sunday Elk River Individual Start – Roller Ski 10 AM 11 AM
October 19 – 21 Thursday – Saturday Mt. Itasca High Intensity Camp
22 Sunday Elk River High Intensity Camp Time Trial
MN Biathlon Fall Festival
October 29 Sunday Elk River Pursuit Format – Roller Ski 10 AM 11 AM

Strength and Club Rifles

Good Morning Everyone-

For those that did the race yesterday—I see some good results—and some problems that you will need to work on during the upcoming off season. Keep in mind for the older crew, US Nationals will be held in Jericho VT March 23rd- March 29th. Hope you can attend!!

If you have a club rifle, and are not going to Nationals, you should now work on returning it to:
Lou Chouinard in the Cities
Bill in Nisswa
Vlad in Grand Rapids
Jeff in Alexandria.

The rifles should be cleaned thoroughly, and enclose a note indicating any problems you have had with it. We will be reissuing rifles [maybe the same one, maybe another one] at the May camp. New leases will need to be signed at the time of reissue.

As I watched the skiing yesterday, from the youngest to the oldest, I saw a common problem that everyone needs to work on. The course was good, but hard underneath and if your skis were a bit on the soft side [great for softer snow and warm conditions] you probably felt a bit unstable. With the instability comes a natural desire to ‘edge the ski’ by turning the knee inboard as soon as you reach the glide position…or before you reach it. This in turn leads to a weak push. Better is to compress the knee/ankle in line with the ski, and then extend it completely as you move to the new side with your entire body.

Others will do the above inboard knee with every push regardless of the snow conditions. And others will overlean to the outside or not get over the ski in the first place and inhibit their glide followed by incomplete compression and weak or no extension.

Much of the above to help hold a solid glide position while compressing with the poling can be corrected by building up the hip and core strength along with tightening up the knee stability. Side leg lifts, working both the outside flexors, and then lifting the lower leg up to the top leg to work the inside flexors will both strengthen the weak hip muscles and also help with the knee stability. Work with body weight at first..then slowly add light amounts of weight to the ankle area—or do the above with shoes then boots on. A little weight will go a long way.

Push ups, sit ups, side planks, hypers and back lifts, side curls etc will all add to the above with more core stability.

As much as we depend on the hips in normal life and more so in skiing, they are really weak.

Bill Meyer

Race on Saturday looking good

Hi Everyone
Vlad started grooming with the Piston Bully today for the race on Saturday. Here are some pictures of the range and course. Looking good!!
Please let me know if you plan to attend.

Bill Meyer

MNCup: Biathlon & Novice Race – Mt.Itasca Nordic Ski Association – Sat, Mar 11, 2017 – RESULTS

Minnesota Cup: Biathlon Race & Novice Race

Hosted by Mt.Itasca Nordic Ski Association

Date: Saturday, March 11. 2017

Place: Mt.Itasca, Coleraine
Race Format: Mass Start (PPSS)

RESULTS

Biathlon Results: Mass Start, 3.11.2017

8K Mass Start (5×1.6K)

Overall Results

Place

Categ.

Name

Shooting

Time

1

JM

Cam Christiansen

1021

26:30

2

JW

Siena Ellingson

2011

29:08

3

YW

Amanda Kautzer

3151

32:58

4

SW

Hanne Guthrie

2312

33:04

5

MM

Frank Gangi

2134

33:21

6

B

Sam Stertz

5300

33:24

PP  PP  PS  PS

7

G

Emma Stertz

4112

33:57

8

B

Matej Cervenka

1200

33:57

PP  PP  PS  PS

9

JM

Somer Schrock

5444

35:02

10

G

Kaisa Bosek

2311

37:05

11

G

Lucia Wyland

5124

38:28

12

G

Annika Viren

2331

38:45

13

G

Elsa Viren

2521

39:21

PP  PP  PS  PS

14

G

Emma Watson

3311

41:03

15

B

Devin Emslander

3224

43:13

PP  PS  PS  SS

16

G

Cheresa Bouley

3544

43:41

17

MM

Evan Ingebrigtson

5522

44:00

18

B

Ben Fenna

5453

49:22

19

MM

Sean Bedard-Parker

2222

58:45

Place

Categ.

Name

Shooting

Time

1

G

Emma Stertz

4112

33:57

2

G

Kaisa Bosek

2311

37:05

3

G

Lucia Wyland

5124

38:28

4

G

Annika Viren

2331

38:45

5

G

Elsa Viren

2521

39:21

PP  PP  PS  PS

6

G

Emma Watson

3311

41:03

7

G

Cheresa Bouley

3544

43:41

1

B

Sam Stertz

5300

33:24

PP  PP  PS  PS

2

B

Matej Cervenka

1200

33:57

PP  PP  PS  PS

3

B

Devin Emslander

3224

43:13

PP  PS  PS  SS

4

B

Ben Fenna

5453

49:22

1

MM

Frank Gangi

2134

33:21

2

MM

Evan Ingebrigtson

5522

44:00

3

MM

Sean Bedard-Parker

2222

58:45

1

JM

Cam Christiansen

1021

26:30

2

JM

Somer Schrock

5444

35:02

1

SW

Hanne Guthrie

2312

33:04

1

JW

Siena Ellingson

2011

29:08

1

YW

Amanda Kautzer

3151

32:58

8K Air Rifle

1

B

Riley Hutchinson

O513

46:31

NOVICE RACE 3×1.3K

Overall Results

1

50M

Bob Conzemius

O4

17:10

2

13G

Liv Wyland

11

18:31

3

14G

Clara Kramer

30

18:31,2

4

44M

Steve Kramer

44

20:12

5

13G

Liisa Wyland

12

20:25

6

12B

Jalen Emslander

22

22:22

7

16B

Kellen Schaner

31

26:40

Novice Race Boys 16 years old and under

1

12B

Jalen Emslander

22

22:22

2

16B

Kellen Schaner

31

26:40

Novice Race Girls 16 years old and under

1

13G

Liv Wyland

11

18:31

2

14G

Clara Kramer

30

18:31,2

3

13G

Liisa Wyland

12

20:25

Novice Race Master Men

1

50M

Bob Conzemius

O4

17:10

2

44M

Steve Kramer

44

20:12

 

MN Cup March 2017

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

Registration: 9:30 AM –   10:00 AM

Zero:           10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Race Start: 10:45 AM Mass Start

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

Novice Race (recommended age: 13+)

~ Registration: 9:30 – 11:30am

~ No previous shooting experience necessary!
~ Instruction, Rifles, and Ammo provided.
~ Novice Race will follow the main race.
~ Safety Clinic prior to the Race

~ Start approx. at 12-12:15PM

~ Race Format: Mass Start – 4.5k (3×1.5k), PP + penalty loop

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

 

Awards for Biathlon & Novice Race: after completion of both races.

Questions? Call Vlad or Petra 218-999-5046  or e-mail pcervenkova@hotmail.com