Biathlon

The Bay Nordic Program

Bay Nordic building on the success of Project Illumination Phase I, Phase II is on target with another new addition to its programming – Biathlon. As part of Bay Nordic’s vision to make N.E.W. a desirable year-round community by promoting an active lifestyle through Nordic skiing for all age groups, the Biathlon fits in perfectly, winter and summer.

The Bay Nordic Biathlon program is evolving as interest grows. As a ski club we are encouraging adults, and youth ages 12 and above to consider Biathlon as a year-around activity. We are developing activities to include running, mountain biking, skiing, and various combinations.

Our Biathlon range is located at the Brown County Rifle Range, which is directly adjacent to the Oaks ski trail at the Reforestation Camp. Access to the range directly is off of the Brown Road exit on I-41. Turn left at the exit and proceed for one mile where the road curves sharply to the right. At this curve make a sharp left and you will see a dirt road and a gate. Proceed through the gate and follow this to the parking area of the rifle range. If you are interested please contact Brian Gustin at blg.gustin@gmail.com.

Learning the ropes

What is Biathlon

Biathlon is the combination of cross country skiing and target shooting. Pictographs of Scandinavian hunters on skis have been dated back to 2000 BC. The first biathlon competition was recorded at the Sweden – Norwegian border in 1776. The Biathlon became an Olympic event for the 1924 Olympics in Chamonix, France. In 1978 the .22 caliber rifle became the official Biathlon rifle and Wisconsin held its first Biathlon event in 2009.

Today Biathlon is well organized internationally and nationally. The Bay Nordic Biathlon  is a member of the US Biathlon Association and follows its safety and competition rules.

Practice Schedule

Practices are scheduled for Wednesday’s beginning promptly at 5:00 PM and Sunday’s at 1:00 PM. Participants are encouraged to bring poles (skis when there is snow).

Cost will be $20 per session, which includes instruction, range fees, ammo, use
of club rifles, paper and competition targets, and related equipment. Even though
we started regular practices on October 4 th , we are still getting inquires about
participating. If you want to come and find out what Biathlon is all about, please
feel free to contact Brian Gustin at blg.gustin@gmail.com or 920-737- 5462.
General topics for new participants are below:

Section 1 Gun Safety / Marksmanship
Lesson 1 Introduction to Shooting Sports, Firearms Range Rules and Gun
Handling
Lesson 2 Dominant Eye, Sight Alignment and Marksmanship Techniques
Lesson 3 Shooting from the Prone Position with novice blocks
Lesson 4 Sight Adjustment, Zeroing
Section 2 Adaption to Biathlon shooting
Lesson 5 Prone Position with sling
Lesson 6 Standing Position
Lesson 7 Breath Control, shooting cadence

Many of these topics can be compressed into a few sessions, however a handout
will be provided for independent reading.

Biathlon Committee

  • Brian Gustin (Chairman)
  • Jeff Hahn
  • Gary Kozloski
  • Gregg Pattison
  • Jon Bartol

Race Registration

Bay Nordic Ski Club Biathlon Event

Sunday Feb. 16, 2020

Location

Brown County Rifle Range & Reforestation Camp Trail System 2227 Brown Road, Suamico, WI

Events

Interval Start Format Biathlon Race,
10KM PPSS – Adult Open Event, and;
8KM PPSS – Junior Open Event (10-16), and a;
5KM Novice Event – PP (Two Prone Shooting Opportunities)

The OPEN races are for USBA “Red Book” safety certified biathletes only.

$15 – Novice (non-Red Book Certified, requires additional $10 USBA insurance fee)
$15 – Juniors (10 yrs. minimum to participate, 15 yrs. minimum to carry a rifle)
$ 25 – USBA paid members and members of any Biathlon club


ADDITIONAL $10 if you choose not to register on this site and register in person on race day.


ADDITIONAL $10 if you
do not have an annual USBA membership (this is the USBA “Member for a Day” rate and goes directly to the USBA).


Add $5.00 daily trail fee (waived if you have a Brown County Parks annual pass).


Add $7.00 range fee for all participants as required by Brown County Parks Department.

A “Competitor” level annual USBA membership or USBA “member for a day” is required to cover race liability insurance.

IMPORTANT:

Bring exact cash or check for payment to event.

If you require USBA “Membership for a Day” for this event, please bring the filled out USBA membership form on race day. Copy of USBA form and waiver will be provided in registration confirmation email.

Registration From 9:00 – 9:45, please be on-time

Zero – 9:45

Adult Open Race – 10:45
Youth Open Race and Novice Race – 11:45 and as soon as the adult race finishes.

Registration – https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=209676

Race Schedule

See the registration tab for the last (impromptu) race of the season!