March Biathlon Race Schedule

Sunday the 14th of March- Mt Itasca—10:00 zero [Saturday’s event is cancelled for that weekend]
This was supposed to be the last Midwest Regional Race of season covering both Saturday and Sunday. But the MN State meet got scheduled about a month late onto both Thursday and Fri just before.

If you plan to attend this event, please let Vlad Cervenka and me know by the 11th of March.

US Biathlon Nationals—24th-28th of March- West Yellowstone, MT
The actual races will be Fri the 26th, Saturday and Sunday. More information will be available shortly. Jeff Bosek will be our MN Biathlon Trip Leader. The latest information we have is the races will be held, and details were being worked out with USBA for final approval.

In addition, we have received word that US Biathlon Nationals in West Yellowstone has been approved by USBA with some additional Covid protocols that are still getting sorted out. The first race is Friday the 26th with a Sprint, Saturday will be a Pursuit and Sunday a Super Sprint. We have some planning to attend and the trip will be lead by Jeff Bosek. Please let Jeff and me know if you plan to attend. Some are staying at the Day’s Inn in West Y, but call directly to the hotel for the best rates. The online booking services are charging a lot for their service. 

One last note: if you sign up for the races in West per the Invitation attached, you should sign up for the Youth, Junior, Senior or Masters categories. So an under 17 athlete should sign up as a Youth. Remember, the venue is at 6700 feet of elevation, so arriving a day or two ahead for acclimation is advised! 

If you plan to attend this event, please let Jeff Bosek and me know by the 20th of March at the latest. Jeff is working on which hotel we might all focus on. The venue is at 6700 feet of elevation so it is recommended that you try to arrive a few days before the first race to acclimize. Normally there will be an ‘informal practice day’ 2 days before and a ‘formal’ practice day the day prior to the first race. More information as it becomes available.

Currently, we have two from MN at the YJWCH in Austria, Sam Stertz and Vasek Cervenka. Sam raced this am in the Youth Men’s Individual 12.5km – missed 8 and finished 65th. Top US was Cale Woods, Bozeman MT, with 7 misses in 58th, 5:59 behind the winner from Russia. Top US Youth Woman in the 10 km was Sidney Bennion from Midway, UT with 9 misses in 64th place, 9:15 behind the winner from France. The time penalty for misses was 45 sec per penalty.

Vasek races tomorrow am at 6:30 CST. You can follow him on the IBU webpage live under ‘datacenter’ with all the same split and range information they have on all the competitors. The electronic scoreboards at this level are incredible!!

Some of the races will normally be available on TV or at least the highlights, normally just the Juniors.

For those entering the MN Sections week: Good Luck in your races!!

Enjoy the Journey—its not over yet!!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

MN Cup race at Snowflake schedule change – moved to Feb 21, 2021

RESULTS available here: Snowflake Biathlon Race – Duluth – Feb 21, 2021 – RESULTS

First we have a MN Cup schedule change.
The MN Cup race at Snowflake scheduled for the 14th of Feb will be moved to the 21st of February due to cold weather. The forecast for next Sunday is –11F overnight with a high of +4 at 3:00 in the pm with windchills still at –10F at 3:00. Then for those familiar with that range it is exposed to a long sweep of wind from the W—and the winds in the pm are forecast at 10 mph from the WNW plus gusts—so not fun. Please let John Gould and me know if you will be attending on Sunday, the 21st of Feb. 

Snowflake Biathlon Race – Duluth – Feb 21, 2021 – RESULTS

Minnesota Cup #1

Hosted by Duluth Biathlon and Snowflake Nordic Ski Area

Originally was scheduled for Feb 14, moved to Feb 21, 2021 due to weather conditions.
Midwest Regional Biathlon
21-Feb-21
Men’s 10k Mass Start – Final Results
Duluth, MN
Carson PetersonBibCategoryPPSSTFinalBehind
Carson Peterson48714B1112546:400
Eric Anderson48814B42321149:5103:11
Ben Fena48516B3121750:4004:00
Mark Torresani496MM43221151:0104:21
Devin Klatt48917Y125852:3505:55
Jack Cashman49014B33231156:1609:36
Owen Fisher48616B2153111:04:0317:23
Women’s 10k Mass Start – Final Results
BibCategoryPPSSTFinalBehind
Julia Torresani49516G3213954:280
Elsa Mowers49218Y43321257:4003:12
Holly Hanson493MW3353141:11:4217:14

Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021 (originally scheduled for Feb 14th)

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: 10 km: All M, F

Registration: 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM at Snowflake Chalet/Lower Level

Zero: 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

Race Start: 11:00 AM

Cost: $20 (cash or check payable to John Gould)

There will not be a Novice Race this year.

Covid-19: Do not attend the race if you have or recently have had flu symptoms and/or a fever. Masks should be worn unless you are out skiing or on the firing line. 

Pre-registration via email to John: jgould1952@yahoo.com necessary!

Questions? Call John Gould at 218-269-2854 

or e-mail: jgould1952@yahoo.com

Midwest Regional Biathlon Races – Mt Itasca – Jan 30-31, 2021 – RESULTS

Midwest Regional Race 3-4 
Hosted by Mt. Itasca Nordic Ski Association

Date: Saturday, Sunday, January 30-31, 2021

Place: Mt. Itasca, Coleraine


Race Format: Saturday: Sprint 7.5k – All M, F
                       Sunday: Mass Start 10k- All M, F

Registration: Both Days- 9:30 AM –   9:55 AM 
Zero:                               10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Race Start:                      10:45 AM  

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

COVID-19: Do not attend the race if you have, or recently have had, flu symptoms and/or a fever.

 Masks should be worn unless you are out skiing or on the firing line. Wax building will be close except for the coaches waxing athlete skis. 

Same Wax policy: Athletes trying for the JYWCH MUST use the wax provided by the organizers! Wax will be available on Friday afternoon and in the morning on Saturday. For the Sunday race we will wax the skis on Saturday afternoon. I pair skis per athlete!

Pre-registration via email to Vlad – cervenkv@gmail.com necessary!

Questions?  Call Vlad 218- 256 8323   or email cervenkv@gmail.com

Midwest Regional Race at Blackhawk near Madison WI, Jan 16/17, 2021 – RESULTS

https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=231258
https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=231341

Hi Everyone, here are the race results for the races at Blackhawk this weekend. “Good Job!” to all who participated!

The distances are not correct—but all in each class raced the same course for that class. Conditions yesterday were tough at 35F with a lot of sloppy new snow. Today was much improved with 28F and just a touch of snow coming down.. Great grooming and really good race organization!!


Below please find the Invitation to the first Midwest Regional Race to be held at the Blackhawk Ski Area near Madison WI on the 16th and 17th of Jan, 2021. Signup information is below and please note: You must sign up online!

I really hope we can get a good turnout from MN. The results from these races will be sent in to USBA for consideration along with other results from Dec and Jan as to selection for the US Team to the Youth and Junior World Championships.
Hope you can make it!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

On Saturday and Sunday, January 16th & 17th, Blackhawk Ski Club will host the second set of WI Biathlon races of the 2020/2021 season! These will be USBA Midwest Regional Open Biathlon races for USBA safety certified athletes.

Note that you must register for these races online prior to Noon on Friday, January 15th. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and other practical issues, there will be no same-day registration. All Open race participants are required to supply their own rifle and ammunition unless you make prior arrangements with one of the race organizers.

No fees will be collected online during the registration process so we have no concerns if you register for the race but are unable to attend the race for whatever reason. Please register online immediately if you have even the slightest thought of racing!

Note four important points:

  1. No same day registrations will be offered on Saturday or Sunday. Register online at Webscorer before Friday, January 15th or do not race.
  2. Arrive with your USBA membership current (see below) or do not race.
  3. Read and understand the COVID-19 adaptations in the Webscorer event announcements below. If these are unacceptable to you in some way, do not race.
  4. Do not attend the race if you have, or recently have had, flu symptoms and/or a fever.

Important: For the OPEN races, athletes 15 and over (calculated on 31 Dec 2020) must select the 10K “Distance” (7.5K for females entering the Saturday Sprint race) of the race when registering online with Webscorer and athletes 14 and under must select the 2.5K (Saturday) and/or 4K (Sunday) “Distance”.

Register for the Saturday Open races at the Webscorer link below.
Blackhawk 2.5K, 7.5K, 10K Interval Start Biathlon | Event registration | Webscorer

Register for the Sunday Open races at the Webscorer link below.
Blackhawk 4K, 10K Interval Start Biathlon | Event registration | Webscorer

For Open racers, the USBA membership number entry is optional in Webscorer, please enter your membership number if you are a Competitor level USBA member. If you are not a USBA member, arrange your USBA Member-for-a-Day purchase in advance of race day. Annual USBA memberships expire in October every year so be sure to renew your membership for this season, if necessary.

Biathlon liability insurance is provided by the USBA for race participants so USBA membership is mandatory on race day.

The links to USBA membership options are on the Webscorer registration page.

When you complete your online Webscorer registration, it is important to email the registration to yourself as proof that you are registered properly in case of last minute IT issues with the Webscorer web site.

Important: After registering on Webscorer, scroll down the Webscorer page to verify that your registration was accepted by Webscorer (and to access the “email to self” option).

Bib exchange and race fee payment will take place at the Biathlon Range Shelter according to the times posted in Webscorer. Here are the materials that are required for the bib exchange on race day:

  1. Online registration printout (email to yourself by scrolling down after “Submitting” your online registration)
  2. Exact cash or check payment (to “Blackhawk Ski Club”, see fee schedule on Webscorer registration page)
  3. USBA Red Book (received at your USBA safety training class) (Open Racers Only)
  4. USBA Membership Card (if you are a Competitor member of USBA)
    OR
    Online USBA receipt confirmation (online at USBA web site)

Volunteers are needed to facilitate the running and scoring of the race.

I look forward to seeing you at Blackhawk!
Best regards,
Mike Larsen
WI Biathlon

Proposed weekend schedule from Mark Torresani

After receiving comments the below race format and schedule is proposed. I will work with Mike Larsen to get the sign up for races live on Webscorer. All races will be in a time trial fashion due to Covd restrictions with approximately 30 seconds between racers at the start.

Saturday January 16th
10:00 AM Set up and Registration [payment!] See note above!! Must sign up online!
11:00 Sight in U15, U19, U22
12:00: Sprint U19 and U22, 7.5K Women, 10K Men, PS
1:00, Sprint U15, 2.5K, 75M penalty lap PP (first prone shooting on standing target)
1:30 Masters, Seniors: site in/zero
2:15: Masters, Seniors, 10K PS
4:00 4K 4 person “fun” relay, PPSS (two skiers shoot prone, two skiers shoot standing, with 3 extra rounds for misses for all racers) 30 second penalty for missed targets. Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Rifle?

Sunday January 17th
8:00 AM Set up and Registration
9:00 Sight in U15, U19 ,U22
10:00 U19 & U22, 10 K PPSS
11:00 U15, 4K PPPP, 75M penalty (two prone on standing targets and two prone on prone targets)
12:00, Seniors, Masters Site in/zero
12:45 Seniors, Masters 10K PPSS
2:00 Awards