Roller Ski Biathlon Race #1 – Elk River – July 18, 2019 – RESULTS

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Woodland Trails Biathlon Range

Recap and results below –

Photos from Bryan Wray:
Full set here: https://photo.wrocket.org/2019/july_elk_river_biathlon/
More here: https://minnesotabiathlon.com/2019/07/roller-ski-biathlon-race-1-elk-river-july-18-2019-photos/

Elk River Summer Biathlon – 2019-07-18 – By Event
Place / ClassNameCategoryStartFinishOverallBackPPSSTotal
1 / 1Grant, JacksonYM1:3035:5934:29+0:0011226
2 / 1Bosek, KaisaYW2:2037:1834:58+0:2912216
3 / 1Raguse, GabeJM1:1036:4135:31+1:0222239
4 / 1Cervenka, MatejBoy3:0038:4835:48+1:1913329
5 / 1Lindberg, DerekMM1:5038:0336:13+1:4431116
6 / 1Stertz, EmmaJW2:1039:5537:45+3:16123410
7 / 2Stertz, SamYM1:4039:2637:46+3:17134311
8 / 2Pattison, GregMM2:4040:3337:53+3:2411136
9 / 1Kautzer, AmandaSW2:0040:0138:01+3:3232319
10 / 2Grant, ConnorBoy3:1043:1840:08+5:39431210
11 / 3Bosek, RykerBoy2:5043:5441:04+6:3512137
12 / 1Landrum, SaylorGirl3:3047:4244:12+9:4331239
13 / 1Saxton, TimSM3:5056:1352:23+17:54153211

The trails are Elk River Woodland Park were in good condition. The weather was not—close to 90 with a dew point in the 70’s yielded an effective temp of about 95F. Fortunately the trails are shaded and there was a slight breeze.

The course was 3 med loops plus 2 short loops for 9.3km total. A pursuit format was used with 10 sec intervals to spread out the range. Originally 18 athletes has signed up, but 5 were sidelined with illness or injuries. Shooting was PPSS on standard targets for everyone.

The top finisher was Jackson Grant of Little Falls [NNW Biathlon] who missed 6 shots and finished in 34:29. In second was Kaisa Bosek [Wolfpack Bia] who was laying on the speed last night, still missing only 6 shots, and finishing in a time of 34:58 for first woman. Third place went to Gabe Raguse of NNW who struggled in the range a bit, missing 9 targets and finishing in 35:31.

Matej Cervenka, Mt Itasca, was the top Boy missing 9 and finishing in 35:48 followed by Connor Grant, NNW, missing 10 and finishing in 40:08.

Newcomer Saylor Landrum did really well in the range missing 9 for her first race effort, and was the only Girl with a 44:12 finish.

The next event will be on the 8th of August at the same venue.

–Bill Meyer

9.3km
3x medium, 2x short loops, 4 shooting stages, PPSS.

Online registration link: https://forms.gle/oRLkaskeuujEuEtK8

Younger/novice race categories may have a shorter race depending on coach/athlete decision.

Registration @ 4:30 PM
Please have your paperwork filled out beforehand.

Zero @ 5:00 PM
Race Start @ 6:00 PM
Time-trial start, 10 second interval.

$10 / racer
Cash or check made out to Minnesota Biathlon.

Racing?
Contact Bill Meyer at ​wmeyer@nisswa.net​, or sign-up online (save some paper!) at ​https://forms.gle/oRLkaskeuujEuEtK8

Interested in volunteering, or have other questions?

Contact Brian at ​brian@minnesotabiathlon.com​ or 651-366-2952

Summary of June Camp Part II at Elk River 25/26 June

After a day’s break from the Mt Itasca Part I of the June camps, some reconvened at Elk River on Tues. Here we have paved trails and a paved firing line, but a much smaller range [10 shooting points] and two of them were blocked by a big oak that was freshly down. We did manage to clear that Wed morning enough to allow use of all 10 points. Coaches were Jeff Bosek and Bill, plus a parent [Andy] and sibling [Marshall].

On Tues am we had 8 athletes and started with V2 ski technique—getting into a double pole position at plant and planting with a back angle. See video clip attached. We worked around the range then all skied about 5-7 km for warmup. Got zeroed, and did a 10+10 test on paper. Most have not shot off of roller skis in standing for awhile—so offhand scores were a bit lower than normal. We then progressed to a Meyer 20 x 1 on ringed paper showing only biathlon hit rings. We used the range width to get in an approach and exit from the shooting point with poles and skis. So didn’t time that. No way to compare with our normal test procedure.

After a break for lunch in the parking lot, we reconvened at the range and rezeroed. After more dryfiring and drills we started in on combo training with some easy combos using the racks on the range exit hill for the rifles. [ski through the range—pick up the rifle—ski the range loop triangle and then back in to shoot—dropping off the rifle on exit].

Everyone commuted home. We reconvened on Wed at 9:00. At one point we were up to 10 athletes on Wed am. Various work schedules kept the numbers changing.
Again we worked on ski technique first—V1 this time—emphasizing a lot of ankle/knee bend to keep the hips over the feet at all times. The athletes again skied 5 km or so—then we began shooting with a lot of work on paper in the morning. In the pm we shifted to TH combos using the 1 km loop after a 4 mag warmup on the rifle loop. Afternoon temps were getting up into the 80’s but fortunately most of the trails are pretty shaded.

Thursday am the above storm rolled in 2 hours early—so we cancelled out the last day of camp.

Overall the skill level increased a lot over the 2 weeks. Several of the girls were newcomers to biathlon this spring but are regularly hitting targets and starting to show good range procedure. The older athletes got minor rifle adjustments on the paved firing line so were more concise than previously.

Enthusiasm was high throughout the camps and all appeared to enjoy themselves!
Bill Meyer, Coach

June Midwest Biathlon Camp at Mt Itasca Recap + Results

Between 19 and 22 athletes participated over the 5 days of camp at Mt Itasca. Accuracy, range procedure, combination training, games and a cross biathlon race on the shooting side; specific strength, distance work, agility on roller skis, video and an 11 km time trial on the ski side. Results will be posted in a few days. 

In Excel format attached please find the cumulated results for the camp testing. For those who have attended before, you should find comparable results under 2018 or 2017 by scrolling back . Many of the results are directly comparable—like the hill climb and the time trial on roller skis. The summer race is not.

Also please find the results of the 10 + 10 contest for a brick of ammo. I think the outcome has probably been decided, but not too late to lay down an awesome test!!

As to the 1st part of the June camp—really good work, EVERYONE!! Now hope to see you tomorrow in Elk River—but in any case—keep up the training! Skiing and shooting are the key elements—and then putting them together in the races coming up! The first ER roller ski biathlon will be on Thursday, July 18th!! I would like to see most of you attend!

Enjoy the recovery day
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

May 10+10 results for shooting contest

If you have not already done so, please send in a picture of your best 10+10 target for May. I will tabulate that with those I already have, and on Wed I will send out the results for May. Then get cracking and send in your June results. At the end of June we will add the two together and the winner will get a free brick of ammo from MNBiathlon!

All ages from both WI and MN are invited to participate.

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon