Midwest Biathlon Races this coming weekend

Please consider this a reminder that you need to register for the Midwest Biathlon Races at Elk River by Friday noon—online.
https://forms.gle/Jevxmfko2BLGt6Qh6

The race info is linked here. I was at the Novice Clinic on Sunday and the trails were looking great! Thanks so much to Dave Anderson with the Elk River Park Board and his crew of volunteers!! Keep in mind the winter biathlon trails are not the same as the paved ones we use in the summer—so the flow through the range and the character of the trails is entirely different and a lot more challenging!!

The weather forecast also looks real good! Low Fri night at –4F and rising Saturday to 23F, low Saturday night 10F rising to 22F on Sunday.

We have had a lot of athletes with conflicts with the high school races, many of which have been delayed due to cold weather and pushed together. If so, and if you want to only race one of the Midwest series—feel free to do so. Just be sure to let Brian Wray and Zean Baker know along with getting your name into the system.

I have also had some questions about racing classes. Our new system will automatically figure out your age and put you in the appropriate age class per your birthday. If you wish to race up from say <15 to <17 …or down from say MM to Senior Men, please let both Brian and Zean know that so they can override the system.

We have 5 from WI signed up already—and I hope to see most of our biathletes from MN as well!! Remember, this is also a MN Cup event!!

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

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

Elk River Roller Ski Race – Sunday, Sept 12th, 2021 – RESULTS

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

Elk River Rollerski Biathlon
11.5km Pursuit Start
Overall / ClassNameCategoryStartFinishOverallBackPPSSTotal
1 / 1Ben FenaYM1:3042:340:41:040:00:0022318
2 / 1Cheresa BouleyJW1:0043:480:42:480:01:4423218
3 / 1Jack CashmanU15M2:1045:480:43:380:02:3421317
4 / 1Gregg PattisonMM1:1047:210:46:110:05:0723106
5 / 1Noah BesemannU17M2:0050:460:48:460:07:42333211
6 / 2Ryan HousemanYM1:5054:260:52:360:11:32333312
7 / 3Devin KlattYM2:2055:060:52:460:11:42234413
8 / 4Owen FischerYM1:401:03:061:01:260:20:22345416
9.3km Pursuit Start
Overall / ClassNameCategoryStartFinishOverallBackPPSSTotal
1 / 1Saylor LandrumYW2:4039:060:36:260:00:0001023
2 / 1Matthew BrodersonYM1:2038:260:37:060:00:40233210
3 / 1Audrey LahammerU17W3:0042:330:39:330:03:0702338
4 / 2Evelyn HudrlikU17W3:1044:500:41:400:05:1423229
5 / 2Lauren HuberYW2:5049:590:47:090:10:43333413
8.6km Pursuit Start
Overall / ClassNameCategoryStartFinishOverallBackPPSSTotal
1 / 1Maddie JensenU17W3:2059:160:55:560:00:00554115

Woodland Trails Biathlon Range

Pursuit Format

10 second start interval
5 skiing loops, 4 shooting stages, PP/SS

U15 women – 7.2km
All other women, all masters, U15 men – 9.2km All other men – 11.4km

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/5VqHyW7fCnFWowuP8

Interested in volunteering, or have other questions?

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

Elk River Roller Ski Race – Thurs, Aug 19th, 2021 – RESULTS

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

Thursday, August 19th, 2021
Woodland Trails Biathlon Range

Below are the results from last night—sorted—on one sheet sorted by gender/race length and on the other sorted by gender/race length/age class. While the younger athletes are in two year age classes, at Trials <17 and youth will be combined so into a 4 yr class. The Junior class is now three years [19,20,21] and the seniors run up to 30 but many older race down. In any case, Ben Fena had a really good race as did Amanda Kautzer!! Those relay rounds are a mixed blessing!! Takes a lot of time to load them, and they throw off the rhythm of the shooting. So good shooting pays!!
– Bill Meyer

NAME20/21 CLASSSTARTp+XS+XFIN TIMERACE TIMECLASS PLACEOVERALL PLACECLUB
8.6 km
7] Ben Fena<1703:00.0010230:39.027:3911Duluth 
4] Carson Peterson<15M01:30.0230232:47.031:1712TC
2] Jack Cashman<15M00:30.0130332:32.032:0223Bluff
3] Gregg PattisonMM01:00.0230233:21.032:2114Wisc
8] Derek LindbergMM03:30.0003337:35.034:0525NG
9] Eric Anderson<15M04:00.0022339:10.035:1036Bluff
6] Matthew Broderson<17M02:30.0032338:38.036:0827-no polesTC
1] Ryan Houseman<17M00:00.0430336:21.036:2138TC
12] Devin KlattYM05:30.0533343:14.037:4419Bluff
11] Noah Beseman<1705:00.0330045:58.040:58410TC
10] Keith KranzMM04:30.0530249:52.045:22311TC
5] Owen Fischer<17M02:00.0233348:12.046:12512Duluth
6.6 km
24] Amanda KautzerSW11:30.0010133:09.021:3911Crosscut
18] Cheresa BouleyJW08:30.0010333:09.024:3912TC
14] Saylor Landrum<17F06:30.0030331:31.025:0113TC
16] Audrey Lahammer<17F07:30.0001332:58.025:2824Bluff
23] Jenna RuzichSW11:00.0230037:01.026:0125TC
20] Sanny Gangi<17F09:30.0232337:46.028:1636Mt I
22] Ella Karkela<17F10:30.0233339:15.028:4547Mt I
19] Lauren Huber<17F09:00.0233342:07.033:0758Wolf
15] Maeve Lindsay<17F07:00.0232340:35.033:3569TC
21] Emily BrodersonMW10:00.0134348:20.038:20110TC

https://www.minnesotabiathlon.com/venues/

Relay Format

30 second start interval
3 skiing loops, 2 shooting stages, P/S, using spare relay rounds

All Men – 8.6km 
All Women – 6.6km

Registration @ 5:30 PM

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

Zero @ 6:00 PM

Race Start @ 6:45 PM

$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/D3mLGEXPHwmTCSDa8

Interested in volunteering, or have other questions?

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

Elk River Rollerski Biathlon Race and Practice – June 27, 2021 – RESULTS

Results, thanks to Brian Wray

The photos — also from Brian Wray — from Sunday’s race can be found here: https://photo.wrocket.org/2021/june_elk_river_biathlon/

Elk River Rollerski Biathlon
9.3km – Interval Start
Overall / ClassNameCategoryClubFinishBackPPSSTotal
1 / 1Jake EllingsonSMNational Guard31:4800:0022329
2 / 1Matej CervenkaYMMount Itasca32:0500:1702125
3 / 1Cheresa BouleyJWTwin Cities35:1303:2520316
4 / 2Alex VaniasSMWisconsin Biathlon35:3503:47433212
5 / 2Matthew BrodersonYMTwin Cities35:3803:5021025
6 / 1Hunter ZupkoJMNational Guard38:0306:15334313
7 / 1Derek LindbergMMNational Guard39:1707:2921115
8 / 2Kaisa BosekJWWolfpack39:5008:0232027
9 / 1Eric AndersonU17MBluff Nordic40:2908:4132218
10 / 1Saylor LandrumYWTwin Cities43:1211:24233311
11 / 2Evelyn HudrlikYWTwin Cities43:2611:3823319
12 / 1Ella KarkelaU17WMount Itasca45:4313:55332311
13 / 3Ryan HousemanYMTwin Cities47:0715:19354416
14 / 3Lauren HuberYWWolfpack48:1516:27244313
15 / 4Maeve LindsayYWTwin Cities53:0321:15443516
16 / 1Emily BrodersonMWTwin Cities55:0123:13242311
17 / 2Keith KranzMMTwin Cities55:4523:57523414
18 / 4Owen FischerYMDuluth56:4024:52534416

Coming up on the 27th of June will be a daylong program at the Woodland Trails and Range at Elk River. In the morning, we will have a practice working on shooting skills and roller ski technique, and in the pm—the first Rollerski Biathlon Race of the season!! See the above Invitation for the race!

The program for the morning practice is as follows:

9:00 Meet at the range
9:00-10:30 shooting accuracy, rifle handling, and range procedure
10:30-12:00 – ski technique on roller skis

12:00 to 1:30 lunch on your own and race registration at 12:30

1:30 zero for the race
2:15 race start

Who: The practice is open to all who have experience with biathlon and have a rifle of their own or leased. It will be limited in the first opening round to a max of 10 participants. If more are interested, then we may open it up to as many as 10 more and split the training.

Contact: If you are interested in either the practice or the race, please contact me asap.

Cost: There will be no cost for the practice—Race entry is $10.

Another step in the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach