Elk River Roller Ski Biathlon Race – August 8th, 2019 – RESULTS

Elk River Roller Ski Biathlon Race

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon
Thursday, August 8th, 2019 Woodland Trails Biathlon Range


Good weather—a bit tough on the wind—rarely does the wind affect much at Elk River in that tree surrounded bowl, but tonight was an exception. For those that didn’t get to shoot where you zeroed, it cost you!! Need to focus on the wind as you zero and then each time you come into the range and get into your assigned shooting point!! 

Thank you all for participating!! It was a good turnout considering a lot of folks on the road to Vermont already!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Photos by Brian Wray: https://photo.wrocket.org/2019/august_elk_river_biathlon/
and here

Elk River Summer Biathlon – 2019-08-08 – By Event
Place / ClassNameCategoryStartFinishOverallBackPPSSTotal
1 / 1Schommer, PaulSM1:0038:1837:18+0:0003014
2 / 1Grant, JacksonYM1:1042:1841:08+3:5032207
3 / 2DelToro, JoeyYM1:2042:3041:10+3:5233219
4 / 1Lindberg, DerekMM1:3049:0047:30+10:12324312
5 / 2Platenburg, KortMM1:4051:2249:42+12:2422127
Place / ClassNameCategoryStartFinishOverallBackPPSSTotal
1 / 1Cervenka, MatejB2:2036:0533:45+0:0034007
2 / 1Bosek, KaisaYW1:5037:5036:00+2:1541016
3 / 2Bosek, RykerB2:3040:4738:17+4:3210146
4 / 1Bouley, CheresaYW2:0040:5938:59+5:14323311
5 / 2Viren, ElsaYW2:1044:4842:38+8:5332218
6 / 1Landrum, SaylorG2:4045:5943:19+9:34343313
7 / 1Saxton, TimMM3:0047:0044:00+10:1523229
8 / 2Bitzan, TeresaG2:5053:3750:47+17:02314311

Online Registration: https://forms.gle/fnWzUGhkCmyvqPim6

Elk River Venue Directions

Older Racers (Youth and Older) – 11.4km
5x medium loops, 4 shooting stages, PPSS.

Younger Racers (Boy/Girl categories) – 9.3km
3x medium, 2x short loops, 4 shooting stages, PPSS.
9.3km distance allowed for novices/masters if requested.

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.

Contact Bill Meyer at ​wmeyer@nisswa.net​, or sign-up online (save some paper!) at ​https://forms.gle/fnWzUGhkCmyvqPim6

Interested in volunteering, or have other questions?

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

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

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.

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

Invitation to June Elk River Shooting Camp

The Elk River June Shooting Camp starts the 25th and goes through the 27th. This is in the middle of the week following the Mt Itasca camp which starts on the 19th through the 23rd. Ideally you would attend both camps. But as a minimum you should get to one of them!! At Mt Itasca we do a lot of testing—both physical and shooting to establish your personal baseline or to measure your improvements. At Elk River we will focus on ski technique, shooting skills, and range procedures on roller skis.

Coming up in July we will start our summer series of biathlon races on roller skis at Elk River… we expect you to participate in those!!

If you plan to attend a camp or both, and have not yet contacted me-please do so this weekend! We are trying to set up logistics and tracking openings. We still have some room at Mt Itasca along with 5 slots at Elk River.

So get out the door—take your training seriously! 
And Enjoy the Journey!

Bill Meyer, Coach

2019/2020 Minnesota Biathlon Membership

MN Biathlon + Nisswa NW, Duluth Esko, Alexandria, Mt Itasca —– $30.00

MN Biathlon + Bluff Country Biathlon, Red Wing —– $30.00

MN Biathlon + Twin Cities Biathlon [includes use of Elk River Range] —– $150.00

MN Biathlon + TC Biathlon+ Coached Weekly Summer Shooting at Elk River —– $300.00

[ Note: does not include cost of ammo nor cost of any club rifle lease made available, nor US Biathlon membership due in Oct each year] [Each club may have separate membership/training fees]