North American Roller Ski Biathlon Championships- Jericho, Vermont, August 2018

Vasek Cervenka finishing his last lap in the Sunday Mass start

On Saturday and Sunday the 11th and 12th of August, Ethan Allen Biathlon hosted the North American Roller Ski Biathlon Championships at the Ethan Allen Firing Range Venue in Jericho Center, Vermont. For the Senior Men and Women, these were the first races in the series used for selection of the US teams to the IBU and World Cup races early winter.
Nineteen athletes with ties to MN or WI participated. Several past State HS Champions included. A number of former Midwest top skiers/biathletes who are participating in National level training programs or with the National Guard program at Jericho.

Full results can be found here: eabiathlon.org

On Saturday, the format was a Sprint with two shooting stages, prone and standing.

In the Senior Men’s 10.1 km event Vasek Cervenka, Mt Itasca, [actually a first year Junior] finished 4th with 2 misses in 25:50, 1:08 behind Sean Doherty of the USBA National team. Close behind in 5th was Jakob Ellingson, NG, Hopkins, also with 2 misses in 25:56. Leif Nordgren, US Team, formerly from Marine on the St Croix, was 6th; Paul Schommer, WI, was 7th; Jake Brown, St Paul, was 8th; Raleigh Goessling, originally from Esko, was 9th.

In the Junior Men’s 10.1 km, Gabe Raguse, Brainerd, was 2nd with 4 misses in 31:52, 0:53 out of 1st.

In the Senior Women’s 7.2 km, Deedra Irwin, WI, was in 12th in 23:41. Siena Ellingson, NG Hopkins, was 13th with 4 misses in 24:41, 3:57 back.

In the Youth Men’s 7.2 km event, Garrett Beckrich, Mt Itasca, was 7th with 5 misses in 21:57, 02:09 back. Joey DelToro, Woodbury, was 18th with 7 missed shots in 26:12

In the Senior Boys 7.2 km, Sam Stertz was 1st with 7 misses in 22:28; Ryker Bosek was 4th [2nd US] with 6 misses in 26:57.

In the Youth Women’s 6.2 km race, Stormy Hegg, Alexandria, was 2nd with 3 misses in 22:41, 0:32 behind winner Helen Wilson, AK. Annika Viren, Mt Itasca was 4th in 23:42; Emma Stertz, Mt Itasca in 5th 24:46.

The Senior Girls event was the same as the YW format. Kaisa Bosek, Alexandria, dominated with 3 misses in 23:27, followed by Elsa Viren, Mt Itasca, with 6 missed shots in 27:17.

On Sunday the format changed to a Mass Start for the Seniors and a Pursuit format for the younger athletes. Both formats have 4 shooting stages, two prone followed by two standing.

In the Senior Women’s 12.8 km event, Susan Dunkley of the US Team moved to the top of the podium with 3 misses in 37:27. Irwin moved up to 6th in 40:11 and Ellingson finished in 10th with 42:13.

In the Senior Men’s 15.4 km race, Nordgren dominated missing 5 shots and finishing in 37:28. Cervenka finished 5th with 7 misses in 39:59; Schommer was 6th in 40:29; Ellingson in 8th, 41:04; Goessling in 9th, 41:16; Brown in 10th in 41:25; and Wynn Roberts, Battle Lake & NG, was 11th in 42:41.

The Junior Men followed with the 12.8 km Pursuit race. Raguse finished 3rd with 10 misses in 45:00.

In the Youth Women’s, 7.0 km event, Emma Stertz pulled her shooting together, missing only 1 shot, to dominate in 25:17. Hegg was 4th with 8 misses in 29:43; and Annika Viren was 7th in 29:59.

The Senior Girls event was again the same format as the YW. Kaisa Bosek again dominated with only 2 misses finishing in 27:06. She would have finished 2nd in the YW event. Elsa Viren missed 5 and finished in 32:17 for 2nd.

In the Youth Men’s 10.0 km, Beckrich moved up to 3rd, with 8 misses, finishing in 31:45. DelToro struggled on the range, missing 14, finishing in 19th.

In the Senior Boy’s 7.0 km category, Sam Stertz again dominated, missing 7 shots and finishing in 26:54. Ryker Bosek was 2nd, with 5 misses, finishing in 29:55.

A total of 87 athletes competed including 20 Canadians.

Our congrats go out to all the participants, some of whom experienced the challenging trails and international competition for the first time! Midwest was well represented!

The next event in MN will be the Elk River series on Thursday, August 23rd with zero at 5:00 pm

North American Biathlon Roller Ski Championships-Vermont

This weekend, the NorAm Biathlon Roller Ski Championships will be held in Jericho, VT at the Ethan Allen venue with a Sprint Race on Sat and a Mass Start/Pursuit Race on Sunday. From Minnesota 11 male and 6 female Biathletes will be competing including Jakob and Siena Ellingson, Vasek Cervenka, last season’s MN high school champ, Garrett Beckrich, Jake Brown, past State champ, Raleigh Goessling and Olympian, Leif Nordgren. All the participants entered by class can be found on this webpage:
The top competitors will ski on matched rollerskis provided by USBA. The course was recently rebuilt with new paving along with the range updates and is dedicated to roller skiing and biathlon. Located in the Green Mountains of Vermont, the same loops are used for winter competitions and meet the IBU course requirements.
Results will be posted at http://www.eabiathlon.org/.
The results from these races along with another roller ski series in Oct will be used by US Biathlon to name the team for the early IBU and World Cup races this coming winter.
The next event in MN will be at the Elk River range on Thursday the 23rd with 5:00 zero.

MN Biathlon Summer/Fall Schedule – 2018/2019 Training

MN BIATHLON
SUMMER/FALL SCHEDULE
2018/2019
TRAINING YEAR

New Training year begins April 16th, 2018

May Camp 5.19-20 Mt Itasca- Introduction to biathlon, fitting rifles, and shooting focus

June Camp 6.13-23 Mt Itasca- Shooting camp. First week for all, second for 2nd yr + athletes

July Biathlon Race- 7.19 Elk River- Biathlon on roller skis –Thurs eve

Vermont Training Camp 8.5-12. Plus travel days. High level training at Jericho, VT

August Biathlon Race- 8.23 Elk River- Biathlon on roller skis- Thurs eve

Sept Biathlon Race- 9.23 Elk River- Biathlon on roller skis- Sunday morning

Oct Camp-10.18-21 Mt Itasca- Intensity focus-Sunday moves to Elk River

Oct Biathlon Race- 10.21 Elk River—Biathlon on roller skis- Sunday morning

Please note the above schedule is subject to changes. Normally about 2 weeks ahead of the event an “Invitation” will be sent out by email. Please respond to those so the organizers can plan for the appropriate number of participants.

The Camps are designed for younger athletes—generally age 13-25. Those older are invited to all the races, and to participate in the camps as coaches or coach/parents.

June Camp Results

Hi Everyone,

Here are the results of all the testing, time trials, hill climbs, and the race last week and Sunday. They are on a spread sheet also including old results and some athletes who are no longer competing. If you pick up your name on the left and track across, you should be able to map your progress over the years. Each event is color coded on the top with the same color each year.

Enjoy! It is a long long journey!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

MN Biathlon Shooting Camp results, times, scores 2016

June Shooting camp, Mt Itasca 13th-17th of June, 2018

June 2018 – Midwest Regional Biathlon Camp

Midwest Regional Biathlon Development Camp
June 13-17, 2018
Mt. Itasca/ Grand Rapids MN

This camp will focus on developing biathlon shooting skills- position, accuracy drills, and combo training for athletes that have varying experience in biathlon. Volume training, rollerskiing, running, as well as strength and technique work.

2018 June Midwest Regional Camp Registration Form
June Midwest Biathlon Camp Schedule

Who:

  1. New athletes: 14 years and older must be a good skier – perfect camp, if you are serious about biathlon. Shooting (including rifle set up) focused on accuracy, practicing both positions – prone and standing, developing good position and range procedure, accuracy shooting, combo shooting.
  2. Experienced athletes – great camp to improve your biathlon skills: shooting – check position – make adjustments, focused accuracy  and  combo shooting, rollerski technique, strength.

Daily schedule (below)  shooting twice a day with 1 or 2 physical workout as well;
Sunday 6.17 – Summer Biathlon Race ( Running)

Dates: Wednesday, June 13 at 10 AM at Mt. Itasca – Sunday 17th at 11 AM

Cost : $270.00  includes use of venue, coaching, housing, food.

What to bring:
We will be camping at Mt. Itasca therefore  you will need a camping gear tent, mat /air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow. Option is also sleeping in the wax room.
You will need  rifle, 1 brick of ammo (some ammo will be available to buy at the camp), running shoes, and several sets of training clothing. Also, skate rollerski equipment,  helmet, water bottle carrier. Bring some rain gear and also a pair of thin ski gloves for shooting.   Bug spray may be a good idea as well. On Saturday there will be a rollerski race and on Sunday a Running Biathlon Race

2018 June Midwest Regional Biathlon Camp Schedule
Date Time Place Workout
We 6.13 10:00am M.I. Dry fire, accuracy shooting 1:30h
2:00pm M.I. Dry Fire, accuracy shooting, shooting test 1:30h
3:45pm M.I. Easy rollerski 1:30h
Th 6.14 8:00am M.I. Uphill Test
9:00am M.I. Easy combo 1h
2:00pm M.I. Shooting drills, tests 1:30h
3:45pm M.I. Rollerski – Double pole
Fr 6.15 8:00am M.I. Shooting drills ,Combo shooting 2h
pm OFF, or accuracy shooting
Sa 6.16 7:30am Fairg. Rollerski Timetrial 11k
10:00am M.I. accuracy shooting – optional
3:00pm M.I. Shooting drills, Combo shooting 1:45h
Su 6.17 9:00am M.I. Summer Biathlon Race – running,   7.5k