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

Donations to Athletes

Lou Chouinard, our MN Biathlon Treasurer, offers some suggestions on donations.

To receive a tax deduction, the check should be made out to MN Biathlon and mailed to Lou at 3925 30th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406.
The donor can designate the athlete to whom the donor intends to give it to, and MN Biathlon will honor that and send the athlete a check. Or the donor can make it a general athlete donation and the amount will be divided equally amongst Emma, Cheresa, Matej and Amanda.

If the check is made out to the athlete, we will just forward that on to the athlete, but no tax exempt deduction can be claimed.

Hope that helps clarify!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Trials, European Champs and Worlds

Good Morning!!

Well, Trials are behind us! It was a pretty brutal experience between the altitude, heavy snow and a lot—a whole lot of wind on some days! The Midwest group had 14 athletes including Emily Broderson racing in the Masters class. Of those with MN connections, we placed 4 of the 17 now named to the US Teams!! In order of success:

Emma Stertz—top Junior woman
Cheresa Bouley—2nd Junior woman
Matej Cervenka– 4th Youth man
Alexandria Rud– 4th Youth woman—Alexandria is a dual citizen from Norway with family connections in MN! She has raced with our group twice now.

Unfortunately, it takes a number of weeks at high altitude for the bodies to adjust, produce more red blood cells, and to allow full performances! As student/athletes, that is pretty much an impossibility for those of us living around 1200 feet above sea level when we have to race at 5900 feet!! Most of our athletes did improve as the race series progressed..and all certainly felt better! However, the Youth and Junior World Championships will be held this year at the same venue in Utah, so picking a team that can have success there was both important and an early opportunity to see and experience the same venue as those races in February!!

So while our skiing suffered, especially the first days, we again did very well on the shooting side. There were a total of 59 Youth and Juniors doing the 3 races—or a total of 3 x 59= 177 “individual races”. Of all those, 32 had ‘races’ shooting 80% or better—13 of them were our athletes. Only 14 shot a race 90% or better—and we had 6 of those. And only 3 had clean races, and we had 2 of those: Kaisa and Saylor both shot a clean race!!!!

To give you an idea of the conditions during the long 10km pursuit race—only 2 of the 59 shot 80% or better. It was nasty windy!!!

I think we can all thank Jeff Bosek for passing on his expertise on the ranges over the past 3 yrs—Kaisa has now cleaned 3 races in Soldier Hollow alone… still looking for that clean 4 stage race yet!!

So of the above three MN athletes and plus Amanda Kautzer, who is headed for the IBU events in Europe, with an eye on the last spots on the Olympic team—only Emma Stertz qualified for any financial help and that is for Worlds in the US, the European trip is self pay. Matej qualified just for the Utah events on a self pay basis. Cheresa and Amanda are totally on a self pay basis. With that in mind, if anyone wants to donate to help fund their expenses, Minnesota Biathlon is a 501c3 corporation and your donation is tax deductable. If you prefer to designate a recipient, the donation can go directly to that athlete, if not, then it will be divided equally between Emma, Cheresa, Matej and Amanda.

For this coming week—most have races next weekend—so should concentrate on easy distance skiing. Coming up on the 15th/16th weekend are the next Regional races –down in Middleton [Madison] WI. Mark Torresani indicates conditions should be good and the invitation will be forthcoming early this week!! And the 29th/30th will be Regionals in Elk River!

So enjoy the snow, keep racing, and for sure, enjoy the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach

2021 – 2022 Winter Schedule updated

For the latest race schedule, check the Current Schedule page.

November 2021 – March 2022 as of Dec 7, 2021

November 2021

November 2021
21-28W Yellowstone Camp
December 2021
5thMt Itasca, MNMN Cup 1
11th/12thMt Itasca, MNMidwest Biathlon Races 1 & 2, MN Cups 2 & 3
19thBlackhawk, WIWI #1
Dec 26 – Jan 1Soldier Hollow, UTYouth and Junior Trials
JANUARY 2022
9thGreen Bay, WIWI #2
15th/16thBlackhawk, WIMidwest Biathlon Races 3 & 4, MN Cups 4 & 5
23rdMcMiller, WIWI #5
29th/30thElk River, MNMidwest Biathlon Races 5 & 6, MN Cups 6 & 7
FEBRUARY 2022
6thMcMiller, WIWI #6
12-17Camp RipleyUS CNGB Guard Championships
13thGreen Bay, WIWI #7
Feb 23 – 27Hayward WIBirkie
Feb 23 – Mar 3Soldier Hollow, UTYouth and Junior Worlds
MARCH 2022
5thDuluth, MNSnowflake Biathlon Race – MN Cup 8
5thBlackhawk, WIWI #8
12th/13thMt Itasca, MNMidwest Biathlon Races 7 & 8, MN Cups 9 & 10
24 -28Lake Placid, NYUSBA Nationals

Note: Dates and events subject to change based on weather, availability and condition of venues and Covid restrictions.

Midwest Regional Biathlon Races 1 & 2 (MNCup 2 & 3) – Dec 11/12, 2021 at Mt Itasca – RESULTS

Coming right up on this Sunday, we will have MN Cup #1 at the same venue. The Mt Itasca Crew has been making snow and conditions should be excellent for both race series!!

Midwest Regional Race 1-2 aka MN Cup 2 and 3

Hosted by Mt. Itasca Nordic Ski Association

Date: Saturday, Sunday, December 11-12, 2021

Place: Mt. Itasca, Coleraine

Race Format: Saturday: Sprint 7.5k/10k 

                        Sunday:   Pursuit format -10k- All M, F                                          

                                         Boys/Girls 7.5k

                                         (5 sec. interval start)              

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) 

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