Elk River Roller Ski Race – Sunday, October 17th, 2021

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

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

sign-up online (save some paper!) at https://forms.gle/yYEY8isHLEurKwSK6

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

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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

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

Invitation to the daycamps 8/9 May Elk River – Camps now full

Please note this camp is now full.

Please consider this to be the invitation to the two daycamps at Elk River, the 8th and 9th of May. Cost will be $10 per day.

We have invited 5 newcomers to the camp—and hope to have their rifle fitting done starting at 8:00.

The camp for experienced athletes will start at 9:00 on both days. and run until approximately 4:30.

You can sign up for both days—preferred- or one day. We have only 15 open slots each day. The preferences will be to allot those to Youth and Junior athletes first and only those with their own or leased rifles. A very limited amount of ammo will be available in 500 rd cans for $42.50 per can—limited to one per athlete. {and expected to last into mid summer minimum!!} Only Youth and Juniors will be eligible for ammo purchase. If anyone finds a retail source for target ammo—[not high velocity or hollowpoint] please let me know. CCI has been problematic in our rifles.

You should bring your training clothes, ski boots, roller skis—preferably skate roller skis-, poles with road tips, running shoes, short poles for hill bounding, water, lunch and etc. If you feel unsure on roller skis you might want knee and elbow pads also. Helmets are mandatory when skiing!! Gloves are recommended!!

Be sure to check the weather and bring appropriate clothing. Shorts and tees are not appropriate for 40 deg rainy days!! If you bring gloves, be sure they are like ski gloves that you would wear in competition so you can feel the trigger. And beware you can’t shoot in bulky jackets or even warmup jackets with loose sleeves. Ditto with sweatshirts—they don’t work. Vests are good, or snug sleeves.. Race tops are the best.

The goals of the camp are:

  • Touch up the rifle fit on all rifles, especially raising positions as much as possible for stability in prone and getting level on the targets in standing, plus adjusting cheekpieces.
  • Going back to the basics of taking a shot, range procedure, and rifle handling
  • Going back to the basics of skiing—balance, movements, timing and general form
  • doing some basic accuracy tests for baseline for the year

The plan:

  • Fit rifles to novices first before 9:00
  • Set up two groups of 10 at 9:00 at the range
  • one group working on range while other is working on skiing
  • Switch midmorning

This will be repeated Sat pm and Sun morning. Sun pm to be announced

So please sign up asap if you are interested! We are lining up coaches and range help as we plan out the weekend.

Three more notes:
A] there will also be a camp at Mt Itasca for those interested the following weekend. I will forward that invitation when it comes in. That is optional. No food or camping/housing will be provided.
B] Many of you have received log forms for the coming training year. These do not fill themselves out!! Get in the habit of making a daily entry!! And for those who have not shared, you can share it with me and your coach by saving the log to google sheets and sharing it. If to me, please use wmeyer1041@gmail.com.. Otherwise I need to get your permission.
C] Last but not least by any means: Covid vaccinations are available for those 16 yrs and up. Please get it done!! MN is currently at about 40% with their first shot—but in the 20’s % done and probably fewer who have waited out the 14 days after the second shot or the Johnson shot. It has been indicated that the state needs 70% completely done to achieve herd immunity. If we don’t get there shortly, I fear the mutations will override the vaccines and we will be right back to last year again!!

So masks and distancing will be required at the camps unless you are shooting or on skis. That applies to all parents and coaches also. We need to drop the mask a little to scope [or they fog up] but otherwise lets all be compliant!!

The Journey begins again!!
Bill Meyer, Coach