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


Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

I just heard back from Elk River Parks and we should be good to go on Saturday!! They groomed last night and will again towards or on Saturday. Fast but good skiing! – Bill Meyer, Coach

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:

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

Race Reminder and Schedule Change for March

First, please note that #7 at Mt Itasca has been moved to Saturday the 21st of March to allow those racing in Europe in March and those doing XC Nationals in California time to return.

Secondly, the conditions at Elk River are described as of yesterday as firm but good skiing. We will be watching this closely during the early part of the week, and we have an alternative site in mind, if conditions deteriorate.

Thirdly, if you have done a novice event in the past year, and would like to try a full biathlon race [but not carry and shoot prone only] please contact me asap. I have 2 rifles available yet.

And finally, if you plan to attend the ER event this coming Saturday, please let me know by mid week.


Enjoy the Journey!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

MNCup #6 – Snowflake Biathlon & Novice Race – Sat, March 7, 2020

Hosted by Duluth Biathlon and Snowflake Nordic Ski Center

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020

Location: Snowflake Nordic, 4348 Rice Lake Road, Duluth (one mile north of the intersection of the Rice Lake and Arrowhead Roads)

Race Format: Mass Start (PPSS)

Distance: B, G, YW, MW: 7.5 km; 

      YM, JW: 10 km;

      JM, SM, SW, MM: 12.5 km.

Registration: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Snowflake Nordic Chalet

Zero: 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

Race Start: 11:00 AM, Mass Start

Cost: $15 (cash or check payable to John Gould)

Novice Race 

Safety Clinic and Practice Shooting at approx.:    12:30 PM

Race Start: 1:00 PM

Race Format:     Mass Start/ 5K (3 by 1.75 km), PP + penalty loop 

                           Classic or Skating

Cost:   $20 (cash or check payable to John Gould) Rifles and Ammunition Supplied by Duluth Biathlon. 

Awards Biathlon at approx.: 12:15 PM 

Questions? Call John Gould at 218-269-2854 

or e-mail: 

Training Article

Hi All,
Here is an older article that has some good solid general training information based on scientific physiology studies.
A] really good background info
B] I think the point about intensity of intervals to increase your speed is right on…just a little over your current race pace. If you are looking at 50 km’s that will basically be at about your lactate threshold. If you are training for 5-10km races you need to figure out how fast you have been skiing—then increase that slightly for your speed training. Simultaneously you need to keep improving your efficiency on skis –your technique. That is a never ending process!!

Bill Meyer, Coach

Izhmash 7-4 For Sale

Izhmash 7-4 
Custom cold weather fluted barrel made for perfect winter groups! The stock is in great shape and comes with 4 clips, sling, arm band and harness. Is a race ready rifle – just add snow. Both front and rear sights are izhmash sights. 
Asking price is $3100

Shipping will be the actual cost to your FFL. 

If you have questions of would like additional pictures, please contact


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

Note: The registration cap for this event has been reached, please stay tuned to this website for future events.

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