Elk River Biathlon Novice Clinic – Sunday, Jan 12, 2020

Sunday, January 12th, 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 our your new skills.
● Rifles and ammunition will be provided by the club.

Prerequisites
● 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 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 brian@minnesotabiathlon.com, or sign-up online (save some paper!) at https://forms.gle/nBgB4xB3d7489h69A

US Team Trials

Starting Saturday morning in Jericho, VT, 9 MN Youth and Jr Biathletes will compete in the US Team Trials for positions on the US team to the Youth and Junior World Biathlon Championships. The annual World Championships, normally involving teams from 25-30 nations, will be held this year in Lenzerheide, Switzerland from 23 Jan to 02 Feb.

Following are the participants and home towns:

Youth Women:

  • Kaisa Bosek—Alexandria [Currently named a member of the Youth Olympic Games team for the Games starting 9 Jan in Lansanne, Swiz.] 

Youth Men:

  • Matej Cervenka- Grand Rapids
  • Joey DelToro  – Woodbury
  • Sam Stertz- Grand Rapids

Junior Women:

  • Emma Stertz- Grand Rapids

Junior Men:

  • Garrett Beckrich- Grand Rapids
  • Vasek Cervenka- Grand Rapids
  • Gabe Raguse- Nisswa
  • Hunter Zupko- Little Falls

Qualifying races will be held on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, and scored on a percent back basis against the average of the top 3 in the race. All racing is done on a standard wax picked by the organizers and applied by the coaches working in unison. 

There are 4 positions to be filled in each category, with all open except a slot taken in the Junior Men category by a qualifier from the IBU Trials held earlier. Each participant will be scored based on their best 2 of the 3 races. 

Shortly after YJr Trials, on the 6th and 7th of Jan, 4 older biathletes from the Midwest will compete in Arber, Germany, for positions on the US Teams to the IBU Cup and World Cup events starting again shortly in Europe. In addition,  Leif Nordgren, originally from Marine on the St Croix, will start on the World Cup circuit based on his previous results. 

Competing in the final round of qualifying races will be: Jake Brown, St Paul, MN: Raleigh Goessling, Duluth, MN native; Deedra Irwin, Pulaski, WI; and Paul Schommer, Appleton, WI. 

Our best wishes for success to all!!

Enjoy the Journey!

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

MN Cup #2: Sunday, December 22, 2019 at Mt Itasca – RESULTS

Minnesota Cup #2:
Hosted by Mt.Itasca Nordic Ski Association

Date: Sunday, December 22, 2019 (previously Dec 15th)
Place: Mt.Itasca, Coleraine
Race Format: Sprint prelim, followed by Pursuit race!             

Distance:  4k Sprint + 6k Pursuit
Registration:  9:30  AM –  9:55 AM
Zero:             10:00 AM – 10:40 AM

Race Start:   10:45 AM -Sprint prelim. (mass start)
                      11:30 – approx. Pursuit race

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

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

MN Biathlon long sleeved Tee shirts for sale

The Landrum family, at our request,  has put together a design and suppliers for a new long sleeved MN Biathlon Tee shirt! 

Tara did the design work and also has researched suppliers as to sizing and delivery. Here are her comments:
SIZING:
There are two style versions, chosen because we have smaller female athletes who might find a mens small still too large for them. Compare measurements to shirts you already wear. Everyone, PLEASE REFER TO SIZE CHARTS for ordering. .

MATERIAL:
Both shirts are tech fabric, the mens is from Russell—4 oz polyester, typical slightly-shiny athletic fabric. The womens is from Gildan—a bit heavier, 5 oz polyester. Still tech fabric, but a softer, thicker jersey feel, not shiny. There was not a same-company version in both mens and womens that looked good. See descriptions for more specifics.

QUANTITIES:
We need 6 of each, minimum. 

PRICING: $32 per shirt. If you aren’t at the races in mid Dec at Mt Itasca to get your shirt or able to pick it up in St Paul, please add $5 per shirt for shipping and handling and we will mail it to you.  

It will take two weeks for delivery after ordering—so we have an order deadline of this Friday if you want the shirt mid Dec. If you just want it by Christmas—you can order up to Dec 1st, but we might have to mail it to you at an extra cost of $5 for shipping and handling. We will order the shirts based on your email to Tara, but delivery will depend on Lou’s receipt of your check.  

To order:
1] email Tara at like2hike@centurylink.net with your order—size and gender. 
2] Immediately mail Lou Chouinard a check and a paper copy of your email to Tara. 
Lou Chouinard – 3925 30th Avenue S – Minneapolis MN 55406-3108 

The shirts will be brought to the race in Dec at Mt Itasca—probably the 8th of Dec. Or can be picked up at Landrum’s in St Paul. otherwise they will be mailed.  Any questions, please get right back to me.

Thanks,
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Some Shooting Results from ER

Hey Everyone,

One of the workouts you don’t want to pass on this time of year is shooting just for accuracy. Good to start each workout with a 10+10 minimum. Yesterday we took the opportunity to do that, along with a range procedure drill on roller skis, some short TH combos, some long TH combos and some short RP combos. The wind is rarely bad at ER, but yesterday while not real high, was shifting from side to side.

We had a couple of folks on light duty at least by the end of the workout—so they did a 50 shot test on metal without skis on, both with PR’s in that test. Conner did the 10+10 without skis—but the rest shot standing off of roller skis—a definite handicap—so PR’s in that test were in short supply!!

Good workout day and I would like to thank Jeff Bosek and Landrums for all the help setting up, blowing the course, and closing things down at the end.

Enjoy the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon