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.

Midwest Regional Biathlon Races 1 & 2 (MNCup 2 & 3) – Dec 11/12, 2021 at Mt Itasca – RESULTS

Coming right up on this Sunday, we will have MN Cup #1 at the same venue. The Mt Itasca Crew has been making snow and conditions should be excellent for both race series!!

Midwest Regional Race 1-2 aka MN Cup 2 and 3

Hosted by Mt. Itasca Nordic Ski Association

Date: Saturday, Sunday, December 11-12, 2021

Place: Mt. Itasca, Coleraine

Race Format: Saturday: Sprint 7.5k/10k 

                        Sunday:   Pursuit format -10k- All M, F                                          

                                         Boys/Girls 7.5k

                                         (5 sec. interval start)              

Registration: Both Days- 9:30 AM –   9:55 AM 

Zero:                               10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Race Start:                      10:45 AM  

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

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

Conditions update: MN Cup #1 Mt Itasca this coming Sunday

GOOD MORNING!! I am happy to report conditions are looking good at Mt Itasca for the upcoming race on Sunday, MN Cup

Our many thanks to the hard working crew at Mt Itasca that got this much done..and more snowmaking will start again on Friday when temps cool a bit more again. There should be adequate groomed areas available for some training on snow Saturday if folks want to go up early!! PLEASE be sure to pay the daily fee at the kiosk by the HQ building!! And also please respect the equipment which may be working when you are there—give them a lot of room!!

Hope to see you on Sunday!!

Thanks! and Enjoy the Journey!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

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

May 15/16 Camp at Mt. Itasca

Here is the information for our Minnesota Biathlon May Camp at Mt. Itasca, MN. This camp is a great jump start to the season and perfect time to do all new adjustments on your rifle or fitting rifle for new athletes. 

Dates: May 15-16 2021

Who:

  1. new athletes–   Athletes  will go through basic safety training, will do a rifle fitting and a  start on accuracy shooting, shooting prone and standing, developing good position and range procedure.
  2. experienced athletes – check position – make adjustments, and get started with some focused accuracy shooting.

 Schedule:

Saturday:

  • Camp will start at 10 AM. with  rifle adjusting and  fitting, dry firing and accuracy shooting. 
  • After lunch more shooting drills and some easy roller skiing.
  • After dinner more shooting drills.

Sunday:

  • Start at 9 AM with more shooting drills and shooting games.
  • Training will wrap up approx. 11:30 AM

There is a possibility to shoot on Friday night as well, if  you plan to arrive on Friday. Let me know! 

Cost and Registration:

-Cost for use of venue, coaching,   $30. Please make checks payable to Vlad Cervenka. Bring checks or cash with you, along with the attached registration form. Note that the USBA membership is required.

What to bring:

You will need running shoes, and several sets of training clothing, (Check the weather forecast before you come) as well as skate roller ski equipment and helmet, water bottle carrier, and bring some rain gear. Also bring a pair of thin ski gloves for shooting. 

Because it is not possible to camp at Mt. Itasca, you have to arrange you own housing and food. The headquarter  at Mt. Itasca will be open for lunch or dinner on Saturday. 

If you plan to come or need more info, let me know.
Vlad Cervenka: 218 256 8323 or cervenkv@gmail,com