Midwest Biathlon Races this coming weekend

Please consider this a reminder that you need to register for the Midwest Biathlon Races at Elk River by Friday noon—online.
https://forms.gle/Jevxmfko2BLGt6Qh6

The race info is linked here. I was at the Novice Clinic on Sunday and the trails were looking great! Thanks so much to Dave Anderson with the Elk River Park Board and his crew of volunteers!! Keep in mind the winter biathlon trails are not the same as the paved ones we use in the summer—so the flow through the range and the character of the trails is entirely different and a lot more challenging!!

The weather forecast also looks real good! Low Fri night at –4F and rising Saturday to 23F, low Saturday night 10F rising to 22F on Sunday.

We have had a lot of athletes with conflicts with the high school races, many of which have been delayed due to cold weather and pushed together. If so, and if you want to only race one of the Midwest series—feel free to do so. Just be sure to let Brian Wray and Zean Baker know along with getting your name into the system.

I have also had some questions about racing classes. Our new system will automatically figure out your age and put you in the appropriate age class per your birthday. If you wish to race up from say <15 to <17 …or down from say MM to Senior Men, please let both Brian and Zean know that so they can override the system.

We have 5 from WI signed up already—and I hope to see most of our biathletes from MN as well!! Remember, this is also a MN Cup event!!

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

USBA and ORDA Announce US Biathlon National Championships

US Biathlon and the Olympic Regional Development Authority are pleased to invite you to the US Biathlon National Championships in Lake Placid, NY March 23-27, 2022.

Please find the invitation attached, as well as a link below to find more information. Please reach out to ORDA with any questions.

https://www.teamusa.org/US-Biathlon/Events/2022/March/23/National-Championships

Recent improvements at Elk River

Over the past couple of years Twin City Biathlon, a branch of MN Biathlon, has been making numerous improvements to the range facility at Woodland Trails Park. Thanks so much to Chad and Lynda Bouley, Tara and Marcus Landrum, Dave Anderson with Elk River Parks and all the others who have pitched in. Here are some of the changes:

  • Redesigned target boxes for easier switch from paper to metal—now use a fold down front plate- the new plates were donated
  • a new fabric skirt in front of the boxes to catch lead coming off the face of the metal-thanks to Lynda
  • new target box covers—again, thanks to Lynda
  • new paddles built by Marcus to replace some that were too heavy
  • a new Target #4- thanks to Chad for receiving that and getting it installed
  • New paper targets designed by Tara who also chased the printing—we are using up the old strips first
  • new standard shooting mats—thanks to Lou Chouinard for meeting the supplier in Southern MN!
  • a new wind flag system and flags
  • new bibs designed by Tara
  • a new timing program on a spreadsheet designed by Zean Baker—will try out on Saturday!!
  • a temporary porta potty brought in by Dave Anderson and his crew
  • And for the weekend event, some generators, heat, lights and computers in the range building!!

It is amazing what volunteers can do when they put their efforts together. A lot more were involved in making this all happen!! Sampsons, Hudrliks, Brodersons and more!!

Thank you all!!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Keeping tabs on our Youth and Juniors

Good Evening All–

Meanwhile at 3:30 in the morning for the men and 7:00 for the women, the races start in Pokljuka, Slovenia for the US teams recently named.

I doubt they will have live broadcasts, but if you go to the IBU webpage—biathlonworld and scroll to the bottom you can find ‘data center’. if you poke around on that site—you can find IBU Junior Cup—and right now it just shows the start lists.

In the morning, the various options will be available as to getting the splits on the course, range splits, shooting [keep the ‘range option open’-it will show the entire range and the shooter coming onto a point and shot by shot results on a target board] and finish—interim until it is over—so like watching a live scoreboard in the range.

Cheresa starts #34 of 79 starters.

Best of luck to the US!
Bill Meyer

WEEK THE 10TH OF JAN, 2022

We are back from US Team Trials in Utah—a brutal trip for most of us!! We currently have two MN athletes in Slovenia based on those results!! Emma Stertz and Cheresa Bouley both made the teams!! —you should be able to follow their progress on the IBU webpage! Cheresa and Emma left on Friday and arrived yesterday in Munich, stopped and got outfitted in Germany, then moved on to the relocated Jr IBU Cup with races Jan 12-15th and then will stay in the same venue for the scheduled Open Jr European Championships Jan 19th-23rd. Both events will now be held at Pokljuka, Slovenia.

On the local scene, coming right up on Saturday/Sunday the 15th/16th are Midwest Region races #3 and #4 at Blackhawk Ski Area, in Middleton WI. A Pursuit format and a Mass Start. Registration is online at:

https://www.webscorer.com/members/myracedetails?raceid=264035
https://www.webscorer.com/members/myracedetails?raceid=264086

Please note you need to register separately for each race. Go to “Find Races” then “Find Registrations” and scroll down. There is no onsite registration and registration closes Fri at midnight.

Zero on Saturday is at 10:00am—as always—arrive before hand so you are warmed up and ready to zero with your rifle loaded at 10:00.

Please let me know if you plan to attend!! I have 6 who have checked in with me to date!!

Then on Sunday, the 23rd of Jan at Elk River, 12:00- 2:00 we have a Novice clinic scheduled. We need to have some current athletes with MN Biathlon rifles to come and help instruction and demonstrate.

Please let me know if you can attend!!

And to finish the month, Midwest Regional races #5 & #6 will be held Sat/Sun the 29th/30th of Jan at Elk River. As we are the hosts for that event, we need help with timing, scoring shooting and scoring the penalty loop! I do anticipate all of our MN Biathlon athletes should attend both days!! As I was just at the venue yesterday, I can attest that conditions look great at this point!!

So please let me know if a] you plan to race and b] if you can volunteer to help!!

All for now!! Enjoy the Journey!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Midwest Regional Biathlon Races Jan 15 and 16 – RESULTS

A fantastic weekend of racing at Blackhawk. Many thanks to the race organizers, coaches, and volunteers. Great to see so many states represented at our race! Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Maine, and Iowa.

On to the next!

https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=264993

https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=265119


Coming up at Blackhawk in Middleton WI on the 15th/16th Jan weekend are the next races in our Midwest Regional series. Mark Torresani and his crew have been putting together a good manmade base and have been getting some natural snow on top! Should be great skiing!!

The plan is for a Pursuit race on Saturday and a Mass start by class waves on Sunday. Courses and final distances to be determined based on snowfall over the next 10 days.

If you plan to attend, please register online as below—and please let me know so we can provide a coaching staff to back you up!!

Open the webpages below, and under “Find Races” choose “Find registrations” and scroll way down to the 15/16th 2022 dates to find the actual registration and race information.


The volunteers at Blackhawk have been working hard to get ready for the Midwest Regional Races #3 and #4 at Blackhawk Ski club. There is plenty of manmade snow on the trails with more natural snow on the way. Conditions are expected to be very good. Registration for the events will open on January 5th at:

https://www.webscorer.com/members/myracedetails?raceid=264035
https://www.webscorer.com/members/myracedetails?raceid=264086

Please note you will need to sign up for both days if you plan to race both days.

We are in need of volunteers for the race, if you can help either prior to or after your race please let me know. Don’t forget to bring your cheering section to the race.

If you have any questions Mark Torresani can be reached at 608 334-2846