The final Mountain Bike Biathlon event for 2014 was held at Wodonga, VIC recently.
Coach Bob Cranage, OAM assisted by Michael Wilkinson, ran races at Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA) Range at West Wodonga, VIC. Participants were grouped into Juniors (Under 12) who used laser rifles, as well as Junior Under 18 who used regular .22 rifles and Seniors 18 and older.
Great fun was had by all!
Several officials helped out, and the spectators included a number of SSAA officials and members.
Bob and Michael conducted three Sprint biathlon relays in teams of two.
In addition, many individuals competed in the Ski Erg competition. These were double pole events, requiring 2 x 250 metre sprints on the Ski Erg, interspersed with two lots of shooting.
There are several summer biathlon events planned at SSAA for 2015, we can’t wait!
Local Australian Biathlon members spearheaded the Alexandra College Laser Biathlon week recently. Greg Paul and Hamish McLean teamed up with teacher George Nadj to run a week of events, on different days.
During the course of the week, nearly 200 students tried rollerskiing and laser biathlon.
One high point was the Alexandra Secondary College/Australian Biathlon Summer Rollerski Championship, where participants were split into several groups.
Best Primary school participant: Kayla Nadj
Best Junior Secondary Boy: Lachlan Imgram-Smith
Best Junior Secondary Girls: Himalj Collins
Best Senior Secondary Boy: Kallagun Wilson
Best Junior Secondary Girl: Himalj Collins
Both Australian Biathlon and Alexandra Secondary College are looking forward to Laser Biathlon Week 2015!
Summer biathlon continues Downunder, with today’s events being the last day of Alexandra Laser Biathlon week at Alexandra, VIC being run by Hamish McLean and Greg Paul, with Mountain Bike biathlon at West Wodonga, VIC being run by Bob Cranage, OAM. For further info, see: https://australianbiathlon.teamapp.com/events
In Winter biathlon, Aussies are about to take part in IBU Cup 1 at Beitostolen, NOR. Lining up today are: Alex Almoukov (Berridale, NSW), Dyllan Harmer (Wodonga, VIC), Damon Morton (Marlo VIC) and Daniel Walker (Sydney, NSW), coached by Nick Almoukov. For further info, see: www.biathlonworld.com
International Biathlon Union expert Ubaldo Prucker visited the sporting shooters range south of Wodonga last week, as part of his review of biathlon in Australia. He was accompanied by Australian Biathlon President, Grant Flanagan. The Border Mail has published this article by Brad Worrall, “In with a Shot at the Title”.
In the best weather ever for the event, an impressively fit and well prepared bunch of riders assembled for the 2014 running of the Scody 3 Peaks Challenge. By thirteen hours after the start, when the Lantern Rouge back marker officially closed the route, a host of new records had been set.
“The calibre of the rider has definitely improved,” says Darren Allen, General Manager of Rides for Bicycle Network. “Average speed is on the increase and at the same time we had a fantastic completion rate.”
An impressive 92% of the nearly 1,800 2014 starters finished the 235-kilometre route, with it’s three major climbs of Tawonga Gap, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek.
“They’ve obviously done their preparation and followed our training…
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Cross country skiing and biathlon in Australia share the same issue of being winter sports in a country with a very short snow season.
Living in Australia, Nick Montgomery doesn’t get the time needed on snow to practice efficiently in cross-country skiing. So, for three months a year he leaves his homeland.
“I come over to Europe for three months because I can only ski roughly for two months in Australia,” he said.
Montgomery has gone to Austria and Germany in the past, but this year he is heading to Sweden to live and train. He will head over once the Universiade finishes next week.
The 20-year-old considers himself a better distance skier and likes the mental aspect of a longer race.
“I think a lot of it is in race tactics. You can have something go wrong early in the race but if you’re strong mentally you can always make up your mistakes and you have time to think things through during the race.”
He is a full time student at the University…
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