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

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.

Upcoming events and racing on Snow!! – Bill Meyer

Good Morning Everyone!!

Summarizing our upcoming schedule and getting some signups for W. Yellowstone over Thanksgiving week, Youth and Junior World Team Trials at the end of Dec and US Nationals at the end of March.

First—would anyone be interested in another daycamp at Elk River on Sunday the 14th of Nov? Please let me know asap if you are. This is tentative at this point until I hear from you guys.

Then the annual Thanksgiving camp at West Yellowstone including a biathlon race on Wed the 24th of Nov is coming right up!! The Team leaders will be the Brodersons:
emilyruthbroderson@gmail.com

They have some information on housing and the week’s plans—so let them know if you are planning on that and keep me in the loop also!!

Then we have races scheduled at Mt Itasca in early Dec:
MN Cup #1 on Sunday, 5 Dec. This is open to all comers, but is also dependent on snowmaking/weather!
Regional races/MN Cups Sat and Sunday 11/12 Dec. Again these races are open to all comers

Invitations to these events will be forthcoming prior to the events.

Then at the National level coming up right after Christmas at Soldier Hollow, Utah, 27-31 Dec, US Biathlon is holding the US Youth and Junior Team Trials to determine who makes the team to the YJr World Championships and a few other international events.

This venue is up at high altitude, 5900 feet, so anyone planning on attending should plan to arrive well ahead of the first race. Official Training will start on 27 Dec and races will be on 28,30 & 31 Dec.

We will have a coaching staff headed up by Jeff Bosek with assistance from Marcus/Tara Landrum and Chad/Lynda Bouley headed out. Jean and I will be out prior to the races. Other coaches are welcome to join in!!

Housing in the Heber City/Midway UT appears to be quite expensive. This series is for advanced athletes who have a shot at making the teams. It is also a good chance for an advanced athlete to just experience the National Trials atmosphere, but for most in that category, Nationals would be a better choice. See below. Only age classes <17, Youth and Juniors are eligible for team positions. <17 & Youth are combined into one class.

If you plan to attend Trials—please let Jeff and me know asap!!
pro8diver@gmail.com

In Jan:

15/16 Jan – Regional races at Blackhawk in Madison- these are also MN Cup races
29/30 Jan – Regional races at Elk River—MN Cup races also

And more Regional and MN Cup events the rest of the winter.

Then on the 23rd-27th of March—US Biathlon will hold US Nationals at Lake Placid. This venue is lower—and a good place for an aspiring biathlete to dip their big toe in the water of National competition!!!

So please let me know your plans—so we can adequately staff these events!!

Enjoy the Journey—you have been working hard to get to the main season—just now coming up!!

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Elk River Roller Ski Race – Sun, Oct 17th, 2021 – RESULTS

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

Sunday, October 17th, 2021
at the Woodland Trails Biathlon RangeDirections


Individual Format

30 second start interval
5 skiing loops, 4 shooting stages, PSPS 40 second penalty (no penalty loops)

U15 (men and women) – 9.3km All other women – 11.4km All other men – 13.3km

Registration @ 9:30 AM

Please have your paperwork filled out beforehand or sign up online.

Zero @ 10:00 AM

Race Start @ 10:45 AM

$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/yYEY8isHLEurKwSK6

Interested in volunteering, or have other questions?

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