Shooting Schedule Updates for Polar Bear Biathlon Club

A big thank you to everyone that has given time to shoot this summer.  Our schedule for the remainder of the summer is changing due to schedule changes and work schedules.  We will be shooting at Woodcraft Camps on Tuesday, August 2nd and 9th.  On the weekend of August 13th and 14th Woodcraft will close their regular season which means that we will stop shooting there after the 9th of August.  I will move the three targets that are at Woodcraft to McCauley mountain for the upcoming race on Sunday August 14th.  After the race on the 14th we will return to Sunday shooting beginning on the 28th of August.  Once September rolls around we will see what is best for the shooters.

I know that the fall sporting schedule begins around the 22nd of August, which means that all of our youth will be involved evenings.  Therefore the only time that could meet would be on Sundays.  More on this at the end of August.

I hope to see you during our last two scheduled shooting sessions and at the race on August 14th!

Shooting Practice Continues to be a big hit at Woodcraft Camps!

Shooting practice at Woodcraft Camps in Old Forge has produced a great turnout again this year.  This evening we had two adults that have been coming to practice since our June Biathlon and two student/youth shooters.  One of the youth, Henry Uzdavinis showed that he is ready to continue his success from last year.  He zeroed very quickly and then proceeded to shoot clean for the entire evening.  He used two different guns and was able to have the same results on both.  Henry will be returning to Woodcraft camps for the second half of the summer, which means that he will shoot with us almost every Tuesday evening until camp closes at the end of August.

Also we had a new shooter join us this evening.  His name is Charlie Doublet.   Charlie is the newest member of the Polar Bear Biathlon Club and has a knack for shooting.  After reviewing all the safety procedures he began shooting.  His first five clips of ammo gave him 15 hits out of 25!  Not bad for a first outing!  Charlie is currently a resident of Cypress, the country of!  He is our first international member!  It is great to have him with us!

Our other shooters this evening were Ms. Anne Greene and Ms. Leslie Leach, both new shooters this year and both adults.  They have taken to biathlon like a duck to water!  Both women are intent on their skills and are shooting quite well.  It is good to have adults that have a knack for the sport and like to do it.

It is a pleasure to have so much support for our club!  Good job gang and keep up the good work!

Biathlon Shooting Practice-Sunday July 17th!

We will be shooting on Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. for those that would like attend.  Our location for this session will be at McCauley Mountain.  If you are going to attend and have time to let me know I would appreciate it.  Thanks, Carl Klossner (c underscore klossner at


Summer Training Should be Part of Your Summer Plans!

Now that summer is officially with us we need to set some time aside for training.  Biathlon is a sport that requires you to be physically fit as well as a good shot.  We will shoot throughout the summer, but you also need to be doing some sort of physical exercise to keep your body in shape.  For those of us that want to do sport specific exercise there is rollerskiing.  This will work both your legs and arms and also keep your  muscles in shape for skiing.  If you have rollerblades, they are a good alternative to rollerskis, but you need to be careful that you don’t swing your legs in a circular motion while moving from foot to foot.  If you are into running, that is a good alternative.  Biking is also a good way to keep fit for summer.  The key to whatever you want to do is making it fun.  Don’t do daily hard workouts no matter what you decide for your exercise of choice, try supplements and learn about how the Gluconite works as a health habit.  A combination of things, running and biking, roller skiing and biking, swimming, kayaking are a few different things that are good for you.  This is called cross training.

As I said earlier, make sure that your workouts are fun and that you don’t over do your workouts.  Consistency is also important.  You can’t do a weeks workouts and then feel that you are set.  If you are just starting out or recovering from an injury try to do 20 minutes a day for three or four days per week.  The key is to do this throughout the summer and to give your body a rest between workouts.  Our goal for the summer is to build a base of endurance for the fall.  So longer and slower paced exercise is good.  Some speed work is good, but it is not the goal for the summer.  As you get closer to your season, i.e., skiing or soccer or whatever, then more speed work should be done.

For now, just get out and do something several days per week.  Your goal should be to build to 30 minutes a day, three or four days per week.  Be sure to vary your exercise so that you don’t get “burned out” with what you are doing.  If it gets to be something you are dreading, then you are trying to do too much and are not changing it up enough.  Remember hiking is a great alternative for you!  A long hike builds endurance and is fun besides.  Take the family with you! An important addition is to keep a log of your activity.  This will help you keep going and also will give you an idea of what you have done once the summer is over.

More as the summer progresses and I hope that you will be able to shoot with us during our summer sessions.  See you at the range!

Polar Bear Summer Biathlon Spring Results


112 Phaneuf, Sam PBBC Old Forge, NY YM 4 3 7
00:32:04 1
111 Fieroh,Will NYSEF Paul Smiths, NY YM 4 4 8
00:35:33 2

113 Hoover, Douglas Penn. Biathlon Williamsburg, PA MM 2 1 3
00:24:21 1

115 Brackett, Gary SBC Oneonta, NY GMM 2 2 4
00:29:00 1
114 Sloman, Richard SBC Oneonta, NY GMM 1 2 3
00:33:01 2
116 Myer, Russ NYSSRA Nordic Albany, NY GMM 1 3 4
00:37:49 3
117 Art Stegen SBC
GMM 4 2 6
00:39:54 4
119 Gaval, Frank Penn. Biathlon Sugarloaf, PA GMM 4 5 9
00:40:41 5

118 Phaneuf, Maddie PBBC Old Forge, NY YF 4 2 6
00:33:47 1

131 Greene, Megan PBBC Old Forge, NY G 0 2 2
00:35:59 1
129 Brosemer, Allyson PBBC Old Forge, NY G 0 0 0
00:37:59 2
130 Brackett, Sarah SBC Oneonta, NY G 1 3 4 00:01:32 00:39:29 3

133 Brosemer, Debbie PBBC Old Forge, NY MFS 2 1 3
00:46:57 1
132 Phaneuf, Janine PBBC Old Forge, NY MFS 4 3 7 00:00:45 00:51:30 2

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Directions to Polar Bear Biathlon at McCauley Mountain

For those of you traveling to Old Forge for our biathlon races, either summer or winter, it is quite easy to find our race site! There are only two ways into Old Forge, one from the north, the other from the south. If you are coming from the north on route 28 travel one block south of the school and Post Office. Turn left at the sign that advertises Scenic Chairlift Rides and/or Ski Area. Follow the street 1/4 mile to a left hand turn. Take the left and follow the road for approximately one mile. You will be climbing most of this mile. Turn left at the sign for McCauley Mountain and travel another mile where you will see a left hand turn that is labeled McCauley Mountain. If you see the sign for Nick’s Lake Campgrounds, you have gone 200 feet too far! Take the left turn for McCauley and travel 1/2 mile. You are there!
If you are traveling from the south on route 28, follow route 28 through the village of Old Forge until you reach Keyes Pancake House, on the left side of the road. Immediately after the Pancake House is a Realitor’s Office, on the right side of the road, and a sign on the right that advertises McCauley Mountain Ski Area and Scenic Chairlift rides. Turn right here and follow the above directions.
Please note that once you start towards McCauley Mountain there will directional signs at each turn.
See you at the races!

Polar Bear Summer Biathlon-Registration Open

Everyone interested in racing in the June 12th Summer Biathlon race at McCauley Mountain can register at SkiReg. There is a class for all competitors. The race distance will be approximately 5 kilometers for everyone. There will be two race categories, sport for those that one to give it a try and competition for those that are competitive biathletes. The registration fee for all preregistration entries received before 5 p.m. on June 11th will be $15. Day of race registration will be available at an additional $10 fee, $25. There will be awards for the top three finishers in each race class. All racers must be a member of USBA and also of a recognized biathlon club. If you are not a member of both of these organizations a one day membership is available for that day. USBA membership is $10 per day and the biathlon club dues is $5 per day.
We hope you will come and visit the home of the Polar Bear Biathlon Club and spend the day with us! See you then!

Summer Biathlon Races

Summer Schedule is finally set. Listed below are the races for the summer 2011 season for NYB!

June 12-McCauley Mountain-Old Forge, NY-9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. zero, 11 a.m. race start- Sprint

July 9th or 10th-Mount VanHovenburg-Lake Placid

July 16th-Syracuse Summer Biathlon

July 31st – August 7th- Jericho Summer Biathlon Festival-Clinic and Races

August 14th-McCauley Mountain-Old Forge, NY-9 a.m. registration 9 a.m., Zero 10 a.m., Race start 11 a.m. – format TBD

August 20th & 21st-Saratoga Biathlon Club-Day, NY

October 8th & 9th-Tri-States Biathlon Championships-Saratoga Biathlon Center-Day, NY-Race series TBD

Empire State Winter Games Are Set for Winter 2012

The Empire States Winter Games are going to be scheduled, at least for now, for February 2nd through the 5th.  This is a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  There was much discussion between the chair’s of each of the winter sports and the Lake Placid Planning committee.  This past week through a phone conference the decision was made to go ahead with the dates listed earlier.  Throughout the summer and early fall plans will be put in place to set up a race schedule that will  be challenging to all.  One of the details that will have to be resolved will be the Lake Placid Loppet.  This 50 km. race is scheduled to take place on February 4th.  For us to have a two day event, we will need to come up with something that will allow our racers to compete on two days and that will also not force people to stay in Lake Placid the entire time.  More news will be posted as soon as a schedule has been put in place.

Check back often to see what is happening with the ESWGs and also the regular race schedules!