If you Google Guy Brown Biathlon, you should get a 2-3 min video taken this last Tues down at Elk River. Cheresa and Saylor did an awesome job!! And our thanks to Guy and Jack the camera guy—was not the warmest day of the week!!
ps. Please let me know if you plan to attend the Duluth Snowflake race MN Cup #8 on SATURDAY the 5th of March!!
A fantastic weekend of racing at Blackhawk. Many thanks to the race organizers, coaches, and volunteers. Great to see so many states represented at our race! Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Maine, and Iowa.
Coming up at Blackhawk in Middleton WI on the 15th/16th Jan weekend are the next races in our Midwest Regional series. Mark Torresani and his crew have been putting together a good manmade base and have been getting some natural snow on top! Should be great skiing!!
The plan is for a Pursuit race on Saturday and a Mass start by class waves on Sunday. Courses and final distances to be determined based on snowfall over the next 10 days.
If you plan to attend, please register online as below—and please let me know so we can provide a coaching staff to back you up!!
Open the webpages below, and under “Find Races” choose “Find registrations” and scroll way down to the 15/16th 2022 dates to find the actual registration and race information.
The volunteers at Blackhawk have been working hard to get ready for the Midwest Regional Races #3 and #4 at Blackhawk Ski club. There is plenty of manmade snow on the trails with more natural snow on the way. Conditions are expected to be very good. Registration for the events will open on January 5th at:
Well, Trials are behind us! It was a pretty brutal experience between the altitude, heavy snow and a lot—a whole lot of wind on some days! The Midwest group had 14 athletes including Emily Broderson racing in the Masters class. Of those with MN connections, we placed 4 of the 17 now named to the US Teams!! In order of success:
Emma Stertz—top Junior woman Cheresa Bouley—2nd Junior woman Matej Cervenka– 4th Youth man Alexandria Rud– 4th Youth woman—Alexandria is a dual citizen from Norway with family connections in MN! She has raced with our group twice now.
Unfortunately, it takes a number of weeks at high altitude for the bodies to adjust, produce more red blood cells, and to allow full performances! As student/athletes, that is pretty much an impossibility for those of us living around 1200 feet above sea level when we have to race at 5900 feet!! Most of our athletes did improve as the race series progressed..and all certainly felt better! However, the Youth and Junior World Championships will be held this year at the same venue in Utah, so picking a team that can have success there was both important and an early opportunity to see and experience the same venue as those races in February!!
So while our skiing suffered, especially the first days, we again did very well on the shooting side. There were a total of 59 Youth and Juniors doing the 3 races—or a total of 3 x 59= 177 “individual races”. Of all those, 32 had ‘races’ shooting 80% or better—13 of them were our athletes. Only 14 shot a race 90% or better—and we had 6 of those. And only 3 had clean races, and we had 2 of those: Kaisa and Saylor both shot a clean race!!!!
To give you an idea of the conditions during the long 10km pursuit race—only 2 of the 59 shot 80% or better. It was nasty windy!!!
I think we can all thank Jeff Bosek for passing on his expertise on the ranges over the past 3 yrs—Kaisa has now cleaned 3 races in Soldier Hollow alone… still looking for that clean 4 stage race yet!!
So of the above three MN athletes and plus Amanda Kautzer, who is headed for the IBU events in Europe, with an eye on the last spots on the Olympic team—only Emma Stertz qualified for any financial help and that is for Worlds in the US, the European trip is self pay. Matej qualified just for the Utah events on a self pay basis. Cheresa and Amanda are totally on a self pay basis. With that in mind, if anyone wants to donate to help fund their expenses, Minnesota Biathlon is a 501c3 corporation and your donation is tax deductable. If you prefer to designate a recipient, the donation can go directly to that athlete, if not, then it will be divided equally between Emma, Cheresa, Matej and Amanda.
For this coming week—most have races next weekend—so should concentrate on easy distance skiing. Coming up on the 15th/16th weekend are the next Regional races –down in Middleton [Madison] WI. Mark Torresani indicates conditions should be good and the invitation will be forthcoming early this week!! And the 29th/30th will be Regionals in Elk River!
So enjoy the snow, keep racing, and for sure, enjoy the Journey! Bill Meyer, Coach
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!!