19 mountain bikers competed in biathlon


Next biathlon is Dec. 28

NORWAY — Thanks to a battalion of volunteers and competitors, the Nov. 23 biathlons at Roberts Farm Preserve were enjoyed by all. Sam Armstrong, Scott Berk, Bill Burmeister, Sarah Carter, Krissa Emery, John Goodwin, May Gosnell, Jim McBride, Kurt Minster, Peter Pacent and KiKi Roy made sure that the event ran smoothly and safely.

The November biathlon offered the first mountain bike biathlon ever at Roberts Farm Preserve. Thanks to promotion and course design by Pete Toohey, a mountain bike enthusiast and board member of the bicycle coalition of Maine, 19 mountain bikers competed. Each pedaled three times around a course blending grassed trails and single track trails, stopping at the target area for two rounds of five shots. The run biathlon which followed involved 17 competitors in the 6k event (3 x 2k) and eight competitors in the 3k competition.

The next biathlon on the schedule is set for Sunday, Dec. 28, and should be a ski biathlon given the generous Thanksgiving snow base. This is a great opportunity to work off Christmas cookies or try out new skis.

Registration will open at 9:30 a.m. and air-rifle target practice will be offered from 10 to 10:45. The 3 x 1k and 3 x 2k races will start at 11 followed by awards. Air rifles are provided.

If anyone wants to compete and needs Nordic skis, organizers can provide classic skis, boots and poles.

The Trust is always looking for volunteers to help with timing and at the target area; contact Lee Dassler at the Western Foothills Land Trust at 739-2124.