Jan 2021 updates

Due to the last Covid rules which curtail competitions per se until the 14th of Jan, MN Cup #2 as rescheduled is now cancelled. Our planning has gotten short range by necessity, and for that I apologize—but we do have a couple of events that should be ok and should happen!!

This coming Sunday—Elk River- we will have a time trial course set up where you can come, zero yourself and time yourself. It will use the normal winter course Pursuit format so PPSS and a 5 lap total of 9.1km of skiing plus penalty loops.

To accommodate both zeroing and time trialing we will need to do this by 10 maximum wave appointments with me. 9:30 or 11:00. Please sign up shortly. If we run out of slots [10 x 2], I will open up another time slot in the early afternoon We will need to zero quickly so be there on time and ready to go. I anticipate no more than 15 min to zero. Once we switch to metal, all zeroing will be done for that wave. Watch your email, as I might move you or your group to anther time slot.

The 23rd/24th weekend is not yet determined—we may do more time trials at Elk River

and the 30th/31st will be Regional races at Mt Itasca, with an announcement/invitation coming out shortly.

I am anticipating at least two events in Feb, another Regional event in March along with Nationals in West Yellowstone.

I did note this past weekend that quite a few of our Biathletes participated in the JNQ races in Houghton MI with some really spectacular results!! Training pays!!

Enjoy the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach

MN Cup #1 and #2 Cancelled

Good Morning,

As you probably are aware, the Governor yesterday extended the “pause” on youth and adult sports competitions until the 4th of Jan at the earliest. The COVID rates are simply not dropping enough to warrant a return to normal. Again, too many are not following the protocols that the health experts have laid out—so we all suffer!!

Accordingly, MN Cup #1 & #2 are cancelled. The Midwest Regional Races tentatively scheduled for the 2nd & 3rd of Jan will be rescheduled.

In addition, USBA announced this morning the the US Youth and Junior World Championship Team Trials have been cancelled. You can read the full announcement on the USBA webpage.

As they will be looking at regional results to make up the US teams, being prepared, well trained and racing in Jan will be doubly important!!

In the meantime, skiing at Mt Itasca is good, and there is a 1.5 km course that you can use to mark your progress!

It’s a long journey- and certainly not always easy!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Interesting Links

One of our newest members, Ryan, found these two on line. With our newfound time again for most, it is worthwhile reading through the Coach’s doc especially for those in Coaching positions!!  Actually Art Stegen in NY, Marc Sheppard in West Yellowstone, and I collaborated on this about 10-15 yrs ago. There is a newer Coach’s document out by USBA, but this covers the basics like taking a shot and rifle fitting in more detail. Also note, since this was written, I have found a 4 week training cycle with an easier 2nd week works better than stepping up the load 3 weeks in a row then recovery. Kind of a mini recovery week in #2 and a bigger one in #4. The principles of load and recovery then supercompensation are still valid!! You won’t improve your fitness without that supercompensation!!  The youtube clip is interesting also!! 

Bill Meyer, Coach

I found a coaches handbook online from the USBA that I’ve been reading through, attached below. I’ve been enjoying learning about the technical aspects of the sport and it’s been helpful to mentally prepare myself for firing posture, sequence and cadence.
I also found a great video explaining how biathlon came to be. https://youtu.be/14NTlDvmzyc

Best wishes, Ryan

Daycamp and Races on Oct 31 and Nov 1

Good Morning Everyone-

First, both the daycamp and the race have capped numbers [20 and 25 respectively] and we are at or very close to the caps. If you want to go onto a waiting list, please get in touch with me.

As I checked the COVID statistics this morning, MN appears to be experiencing a big spike in both new positive cases and related deaths. We will need to watch this closely for the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, whether you are planning on coming to ER or not, but especially if you are, PLEASE be very careful over the next two weeks, wear your mask when indoors and social distance where possible. And wash wash wash. Keep your hands away from your face. Try really hard not to become a statistic!!!

You should also get your annual flu shot as soon as possible.

If we all take these precautions now, and no one comes to the end of the month events feeling under the weather, I think we can be pretty much assured we aren’t bringing the virus to the gatherings.

AT THE EVENTS, MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED UNLESS YOU ARE ON THE FIRING LINE OR SKIING. SOCIAL DISTANCE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. We will have extra rifle racks down at the firing line on Saturday and during zero on Sunday. All spectators, coaches, and officials should be masked at all times. Please spread out!

If these rules bother you, please stay home. No one should end up regretting they came sick and passed it on, or on the other hand, be concerned because someone else is trying to be macho!!!

Now, this morning we woke up to this:

It is too early to predict the weather two weeks out, but watch your email after next weekend. We may need to modify our plans. While roller skiing with a skim of snow on the ground is futile, running, hill bounding, and shooting all work fine.

In any case, be careful, be safe, and keep an eye on your email for updates!!

The best season of the year is on its way!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Elk River Roller Ski Race – Sun, Sept. 20th, 2020 – PHOTOS

Photo set from Brian Wray from Sunday’s race: https://photo.wrocket.org/2020/september_elk_river_biathlon/
Feel free to forward as appropriate. Thanks again for coming!

Awesome pictures, Brian!! Thank you so much for doing that, along with starting, timing, signing and all the other things you do!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Elk River Roller Ski Race – Sun, Sept. 20th, 2020 – RESULTS

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon
Sunday, September 20th, 2020
Woodland Trails Biathlon Range – Directions


All / Group Racer Category Club Start Finish Time Back P P S S Total
1 / 1 Paul Schommer SM Moose 1:00 35:24 34:24 +0:00 2 3 2 1 8
2 / 1 Sam Stertz YM Mt. Itasca 1:20 38:51 37:31 +3:07 0 2 1 2 5
3 / 2 Matej Cervenka YM Mt. Itasca 2:00 41:51 39:51 +5:27 0 2 2 2 6
4 / 1 Ethan Livingston JM Maine/SS 3:00 44:46 41:46 +7:22 2 0 2 2 6
5 / 3 Edison Byrum YM Indiana 2:20 46:44 44:24 +10:00 1 2 2 3 8
6 / 4 Logan Jenson YM NNW 2:40 49:05 46:25 +12:01 2 2 2 2 8


All / Group Racer Category Club Start Finish Time Back P P S S Total Notes
1 / 1 Emma Stertz JW MI/SS 4:20 39:43 35:23 +0:00 1 0 0 2 3
2 / 1 Ryker Bosek U17M Wolfpack 3:20 39:38 36:18 +0:55 1 1 3 2 7 Given 30s time credit for range issue
3 / 2 Cheresa Bouley JW Twin Cities 3:40 40:37 36:57 +1:34 2 4 2 1 9
4 / 1 Greg Pattison MM Wisconsin Biathlon 5:20 42:51 37:31 +2:08 1 2 0 1 4
5 / 1 Kaisa Bosek YW Wolfpack 6:00 46:35 40:35 +5:12 1 3 0 2 6
6 / 2 Matthew Broderson U17M Twin Cities 4:40 45:37 40:57 +5:34 4 3 2 4 13
7 / 1 Saylor Landrum U17W 5:00 45:58 40:58 +5:35 3 1 3 1 8
8 / 2 Lauren Huber U17W Wolfpack 7:20 50:49 43:29 +8:06 3 1 5 4 13
9 / 3 Audrey Lahammer U17W Bluff 6:20 49:50 43:30 +8:07 2 3 2 5 12 Cross-fired last shooting.
10 / 2 Kevin Ousdigian MM Twin Cities 5:40 49:54 44:14 +8:51 4 4 4 2 14
11 / 3 Noah Besemann U17M Twin Cities 4:00 48:41 44:41 +9:18 3 1 4 5 13
12 / 3 Keith Kranz MM 7:00 58:44 51:44 +16:21 2 2 5 1 10
13 / 4 Owen Fischer U17M Duluth 7:40 1:04:33 56:53 +21:30 4 4 3 4 15


All / Group Racer Category Club Start Finish Time Back P P S S Total Notes
1 / 1 Jack Cashman U15M Bluff 8:00 41:39 33:39 +0:00 2 1 1 2 6 Shot PPPS
2 / 1 Linnea Ousdigian U15W Twin Cities 8:20 48:10 39:50 +6:11 4 4 3 2 13 Shot PPPS
3 / 2 Selah Binsfeld U15W Twin Cities 8:40 53:59 45:19 +11:40 3 3 1 3 10 Shot PPPP; third shooting on standing targets.

Online Registration: https://forms.gle/rYjS66BdZufCB7JH8

Y/J/S Men – 11.4km
All Others* – 9.3km

20 second interval start
5 loops, 4 shooting stages, PPSS.

*Younger/novice race categories may have a shorter race depending on coach/athlete decision.

Registration @ 9:30 AM
Please have your paperwork filled out beforehand or sign up online.

Zero @ 10:00 AM
Race Start @ 11:00 AM

$10 / racer

Cash or check made out to Minnesota Biathlon.


Contact Bill Meyer at ​wmeyer@nisswa.net,​ or sign-up online (save some paper!) at https://forms.gle/rYjS66BdZufCB7JH8

Interested in volunteering, or have other questions?

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

Keep Everybody Healthy!

We ask all participants and spectators to bring, and wear, a face covering, and to maintain personal space at the range area. Athletes may take theirs off for zero and racing.