Midwest Regional Race updates Jan 14 & 15

Conditions are good at Blackhawk considering there is no natural snow in southern WI. Our Snow makers did a great job getting the course and range ready.  We will have a 1.0 and 1.3K loop for the races. The entire course has 1′ to 3′ of snow base and will ski fast. Race day temps are expected to be in the  mid 20’s to upper 30’s degrees.  

Registration closes on Wednesday evening 1/11/23 at midnight. Looking forward to seeing a good turnout. Please plan to help with races as we need volunteers to make the races a success. Currently we have over 40 racers registered for each day.

Looking forward to great races this weekend



For those not attending the Blackhawk events, on Sunday the 15th, the MN Guard will be hosting an event at Camp Ripley. If you wish to attend, please contact me, Bill Meyer,  directly by noon tomorrow- [Thursday]!!

I have 8 civilians registered and the Guard is expecting 8-10. 

Mass Start

Women 7.5km

Men 10 km

9:30 meeting at F Range [need to stop at the gate on the way onto the base, then need to stop at Range control and sign out a pass—then watch your speed on the way to F Range!!] 

10:00 zero

11:00 race

In addition the range/trails will be open from 1:00-3:00 for open training after the race. Bring your own lunch!!

We do need to turn in names by Thursday pm for both the start list and to provide them to gate security!! 

Hope you can do some Biathlon this coming weekend!!

And we will have an Invitation out for the 22nd and 29th at Elk River shortly!!

Bill Meyer, Coach

Updates and Info

Happy Holidays to you!

So, we have folks in Anchorage for the US Y & Jr World Championship Team Trials, others headed that way, many working with their high school teams this week, and others doing their own thing. With that wide spread of training advice needs, I think I am done with the “Hypothetical 500 hr per year” weekly training plans —for the time being…ski a lot, shorter and harder when you are approaching an important race series, and keep your hands on that rifle!! The majority of your fitness training is over now for the year—but you can still gain by adding some frosting to the cakes—both skiing and shooting—and definitely in the combination of the two!!

If anyone wants a plan..let me know! 

I will likely continue to send out a weekly epistle, but sans the weekly plan. 

In Anchorage, Dec 26th is Unofficial training, 27th is Official Training where the course and range are set up like for the first race, and Wed the 28th is the first race—a Sprint with 10km for all Men and 7.5km for all Women. If they use the normal winter Biathlon courses, the courses have more vertical climbs than Mt Itasca. They are not quite so technical [hard corners, difficult transitions], as I recall. 

The Sprint will be followed on Thursday the 29th by a 10 km Pursuit format for both genders, then another Official Training Day, and finally another Sprint—this one 7.5km for Men and 6.0 km for Women.

The Trials are scored on a % back basis based on the average time of the top 3 athletes in each race. Then each athlete is ranked by their best two races.

The US Team announcements should be made soon after the last race.

Then in mid Jan we have two opportunities; a Regional Race weekend at Blackhawk near Madison WI and also an Invitation to a race at Camp Ripley on Sunday the 15th—please see the attached, and let me know if you plan to attend either event. The following two weekends in Jan will each see an event at Elk River on Sundays—a MN Cup first then a one day Regional race on the last weekend. 

So, a lot of opportunities coming up shortly, but in the meantime—follow along with our MN Biathlon team in Anchorage. Results should be available on Zone4.ca , the USBA webpage, or the Biathlon Club of Anchorage webpage. 

Enjoy the snow, it will warm up soon [just a little, I hope] and be sure to get out on skis with your rifle!! And  Dryfiring really works!! As Nike used to say, “Just Do It”

Happy New Year’s—Enjoy the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Midwest Regional Race 1-2 – Mt. Itasca – Dec 10-11, 2022 – RESULTS

Start line at Mt Itasca for the Pursuit race

Hosted by Mt. Itasca Nordic Ski Association

Date: Saturday, Sunday, December 10-11, 2022

Place: Mt. Itasca, Coleraine

Race Format: 

Saturday: Sprint 6.0 K /7.5K

<13 to be announced. 

Sunday:   Pursuit format -7.5 K- All M, F                                          

    Boys/Girls to be announced

    (5 sec. interval start)              


Registration: 11:30-12 AM 

Zero:  12:00-12:30 AM

Race Start 12:45 AM


Registration  9:30-10AM

Zero 10-10:30

Race Start:         10:45 AM  

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

By Thursday noon, the 9th of Dec, 2022!!

Questions?  Call Carl 651-245-5997or email cnrdgrn@gmail.com     

MNCup #1 – Mt. Itasca – Sun, Dec 4, 2022 – RESULTS

Hosted by Mt. Itasca Nordic Ski Association

Date:  Sunday, December 4, 2022

Place: Mt. Itasca, Coleraine

Race Format: Mass Start 

Long Race 7 km—PPSS

Zero at 10:00 

Short race for Novices, < 13 , and Master Men – 3 or 5 km

2 or 4 shooting stages- optional. 

Zero 11:45

Registration:                     9:30 AM –   9:55 AM 

Zero for Long Race:         10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Race Start:                      10:45 AM  

Zero for Shorter race       11:45 AM

Race Start:                       12:30 PM

Cost:                               $20/long race

                                        $10/short race (cash or check payable to MINSA)

Please register online: https://forms.gle/WrgBDRtkwBnUgtv29

by Friday noon the 2nd of Dec, 2022!! If you have signed up already, we have you!! No need to re-register!!!

Questions?  Call Carl 651-245-5997 or email cnrdgrn@gmail.com                                                                                                    

IBU Cup and YJWCH Trials Info

Dear Coaches and Clubs, 

We are sending info on both the IBU Cup Trials in Craftsbury, VT, Dec. 15-18, 2022, and the Youth/Junior World Championships Trials in Anchorage, AK, Dec. 27-31, 2022. Please find invitations for both events attached. Note that coaches are required to register for both events.

NOTE: YJWCH Trials registration fee increases on Dec. 1, 2022! Please have athletes register ASAP to avoid late fees. Register here: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=29840

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Sara Studebaker-Hall (she/her/hers)
Director of Operations
U.S. Biathlon