MNCUP #4B – (changed to) SUNDAY, 16 FEB, 2020 – RESULTS


  MNCup 4B 3.3km Sprint – Nisswa

Zean Baker SM 00:20.0 2 1
12:19.0 11m 59s 1
Jackson  Grant YM 00:00.0 3 2
12:58.0 12m 58s 2
Kaisa Bosek YW 00:40.0 0 1
14:08.0 13m 28s 3
Saylor Landrum YW 02:00.0 1 1
16:09.0 14m 9s 4
Ryker Bosek B 01:20.0 1 1
15:58.0 14m 38s 5
Connor Grant B 01:00.0 3 2
15:50.0 14m 50s 6
Cormac Shanoff B N 03:20.0 5 5
19:46.0 16m 26s 7
Bennet Capella B N 02:20.0 1 5
19:22.0 17m 2s 8
Angus Rustad B N 03:00.0 2 5
20:54.0 17m 54s 9
Liz Axberg JW N 02:40.0 2 3
21:42.0 19m 2s 10
Tim Saxton SM 03:40.0 0 3
22:50.0 19m 10s 11
Braden Capella B N 01:40.0 4 5
23:11.0 21m 31s 12
Note: All Novices [N] shot prone on standing without support. Most used sling and cuff if rifle fit fairly well. 

We still have snow!! Another inch last night. Paul, my groomer, broke up the crust from Sunday’s melt and left the trails in really good shape!

The high school State meet is NOW MOVED TO FRIDAY THE 14TH, which is the end of that season. With all that in mind Boseks, Grants and I decided to add another race to our MNBiathlon schedule, but no lunch this time!! Welcome to come over here, eat your lunch, change or whatever before or after the races. 6054 Shady Acres Ct, Nisswa.

: SUNDAY 16 FEB, 2020
TIME: zero at 10:00 am, races begin when all are zeroed—10:45- 11:00
WHERE: Nisswa range. 24757 Charmin Ave, Nisswa. 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.
WHAT: Two races are planned, both short and fast! A 3.15 km sprint [2 shooting stages] followed by a single mixed [matched] relay with teams based on finish in the sprint [3 km and 2 shooting stages each w/ relay rounds x 2 plus an extra 1.5km for the last leg]. So first skier will end up skiing 6.0 km total and second 7.5 km in the relay.
CLASSES: There will be no age classes per say. Experienced athletes will carry and shoot normal p,s targets. Younger experienced athletes will do the same but not carry. Anyone who is just advancing from a Novice race will not carry and will shoot prone on standing.

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, except Novices will shoot free position unless they provide a rest for the rifle. Those without their own rifle can use a club rifle but no support will be provided unless they bring something. Up to 4- possibly 5 Novices advancing from a Novice event this year or last can apply. [Based on my rifle availability]. If you would like to try biathlon for the first time, contact me or Jeff Bosek. You might have to come early for some indoctrination.

WEATHER: We have snow. A lot of snow. A whole lot of snow!! Temps look good for the next 10 days at least.

COST: There is no cost.

SIGNUP: Please let me know by Thursday, Feb 13th, if you plan to attend the races. For Novices I suggest letting me know this weekend. There is a Subway between the range and my house if you would like to grab a sandwich and bring it or your own lunch over after we are done racing!!

Bill Meyer, Coach

2020/2021 MN Biathlon Spring/Summer/Fall Schedule

Weekend shooting camp at Mt Itasca to kick off the New year—15-17 May

Week long June camp at Mt Itasca—15-21 June 

Followup short week camp at Elk River on roller skis—27 June – 1 July

August Vermont camp and Summer Nationals—1 Aug to 9 August. Races 8/9 Aug. 

Summer roller ski races at ER: 

  • Thurs 25 June [between camps]
  • Thurs 16 July 
  • Thurs 13 August
  • Fall Fest 17/18 Oct [camp on Saturday race on Sunday] 

Elk River Biathlon Novice Clinic – Saturday, Feb 29th, 2020

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

  • 11:00AM:​ Come see experienced biathletes compete at a 9km, 5-lap race from a close-up, range-side view.
  • 12:00PM – 12:45: Mandatory ​safety instruction and rifle practice.
  • 1:00PM: ​Untimed, low-key 2.4km race. Three ski laps, two shooting stages!

Woodland Trails Biathlon Range – Directions

$40 / participant

In-person cash or check made out to Minnesota Biathlon.

What’s Included

  • Rifle safety and marksmanship instruction.
  • Shooting practice.
  • A low-key, non-technical, and untimed “race” to test out your new skills.
  • Rifles and ammunition will be provided by the club.


  • Parental permission if under the age of 18.
    • For participants under the age of 14, a parent ​must ​be present during the clinic.
  • Basic cross-country ski proficiency.
    • You don’t have to be fast!
    • You should be able to ski a few kilometers and negotiate easy hills and turns.
  • There is no minimum age to register, but:
    • The rifles will be adult-sized.
    • Attendees ​must ​be able to listen and carefully follow coach directions for the duration of the clinic.

What to Bring

  • Skis, poles, and boots.
    • Skate gear is strongly preferred, but classic can work.
  • Gloves. Mittens will interfere with riflery.
  • Appropriate clothing to the weather.
  • A snack.
  • A positive attitude!

Interested? Have questions? Contact Brian Wray at, or sign-up online (save some paper!) at

MNCup #5 – Elk River Biathlon Saturday, Feb 29th, 2020

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

Woodland Trails Biathlon Range – Directions

9km – All Divisions

5 laps of the famed and thrilling 1.8km “Scouring Rush” loop. 4 shooting stages, PPSS.

Registration @ 9:30 AM

Please have your paperwork filled out beforehand.
Either print and complete the second page of this announcement below or online at

Zero @ 10:00 AM Race Start @ 11:00 AM

Time-trial start, 10 second interval.

$10 / racer

Cash or check made out to Minnesota Biathlon

Race for free!

Stay after the race and lend a hand (and rifle) to the novice clinic that will run from noon until 1:30pm. All helpers will have their race fees waived.


Contact Bill Meyer at ​​, or sign-up online at:

Last update on YJr World Championships Pursuit races

All 4 races are available to watch online at very unusual to have the Youth races video taped! You can spot our team members here and there in the video feeds.

Note: All racers start the Pursuit with their finish interval behind from the Sprint race, behind the winner of the Sprint. They do not get their start time back.

In the Youth Men’s 10km Pursuit:
Place Bib [start position] Name Shooting time or time behind
1st 4 [Norwegian] 1000 26:28:00
27th 9 Bjorne Westervelt 2214 +3:37
32nd 3 Maxime Germain 3421 + 3:57
44th 21 Sam Stertz 0043 +5:08

In the Youth Women’s 7.5km Pursuit
1st 4 [Austrian] 0010 22:01
51st 58 Helen Wilson 1201 +5:01
56th 53 Kaisa Bosek 1111 +6:18

In the Junior Men’s 12.5km Pursuit
1st 7 [German] 1020 35:34.2
2nd 5 [Russian] 1211 +0.6
3rd** 11 Alex Cizar, Slovenia 1000 +1.2 [** Alex spent a month or so at Mt Itasca a couple of years back]
32nd 38 Garrett Beckrich 1101 +2:37.6
45th 32 Lars Leopold 2212 + 4:41
49th 53 Vasek Cervenka 2013 +5:05

In the Junior Woman’s 10 km Pursuit
1st 1 [Russian] 0000 30:45
24th 28 Chloe Levin 0011 +3:08
55th 52 Emma Stertz 0102 +8:42

Names in Bold are from MN.

Our congrats to all from the US!! And welcome back tonight for those coming home!
Our take away from the above is the Europeans are both skiing and shooting very fast—and in the case of the winners, shooting very well!! Keep in mind the ‘race’ times include shooting time in the shooting points 4 times plus 150 meters extra skiing for each miss in the range!! Some are getting into position, loading the rifle, shooting 5 shots, putting the rifle on their backs and getting out of position on the range in around 35 sec in prone and 25 sec in standing.

That is the essence of Biathlon!!

Enjoy the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach

YJr Worlds update

Tomorrow brings the last day of the YJr World Championships. Based on the results of the sprint races the past two days. All 5 MN Biathletes are in the top 60 of their classes and will race in the Pursuit in the am!!!!

In today’s Junior sprints- 10km for the men and 7.5km for the women:


1st Norway  0,1                                                24:02.7

32nd Lars Leopold Calif, 2,0                             +2:10.9

38th Garrett Beckrich, Grand Rapids  0,3      +2:21.1

53rd  Vasek Cervenka, Grand Rapids  1,3       + 3:03.4

92nd Camren Nielson, Wash, 3,1                      + 6:11.1


1st Russia   0,0                                                  23:19.3

28th  Chloe Levins      0,1                                   +2:06.1

52nd  Emma Stertz, Grand Rapids 0,0                +3:38

74th  Arienna Woods         3,1                             +6:17.9

Enjoy the Journey!!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MN Biathlon