Note: YOU CAN REGISTER FOR MORE THAN ONE DIVISION. SELECT MULTIPLE DIVISIONS WHEN YOU ACCESS THE REGISTRATION PAGE. Additional divisions are $10 each.
Bicycle Race and Rifle Target Shooting
The Biathlon is a winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. We are fascinated by this sport and its combination of physical exertion and calm precision. Because we live in the desert skiing is impractical, so we are proud to introduce:
Athletes will compete on a road course completeing 9, 15 or 18 half mile long laps depending on their category. They will stop 3 times to shoot rifles from standing, kneeling and prone positions. The race is timed and bonuses are awarded based on the rifle shooting score. The goal of the race is the fastest overall time. Intermediate and expert athletes complete more laps and shoot from longer distances.
Your registration covers the cost of rifle rental, ammo and target.
Everyone gets a super cool event T-shirt on their first race of the season!
For the novice category any bike is permitted. Inermediate races are divided into mountain bike (tires wider than 40mm) and road bike (tires narrower than 39mm)
Men, women and youth (15 and under) will be scored separetely.
The 2019-2020 season with feature a championship points series to name the Arizona State Bikeathlon Champion. Points will be awarded at every race and the overall points leader in each division (Expert, Intermediate, Mountain, Novice and Juniors) will be named the Champion. The winner of each race is awarded 10 points, 9 for 2nd, 8 for 3rd, 7 for 4th, 6 for 5th all other finishers are awarded 3 points. To avoid sandbagging and keep it fun for everyone If you have finished on the podium in expert you may not compete for the intermediate Championship, If you have finished on the podium in an Intermediate category you may not compete for the Novice Championship. However, Juniors may contest for both junior and and advanced category.
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Adult series registration is only $120, that buys you 5 race entries and the series T-shirt
Junior series registration is only $70 for 5 races and the series T-shirt
New Athletes! Please fill out the mandatory Ted's Shooting Range Waiver.(different than the registration waiver)
Bike: The course is on a very quiet public road, the rules of the road apply as the course is not closed. If you have a flat tire or mechanical issue you will be awarded 2 free laps but must resolve the issue on your own (spare wheels are permitted at the start / finish line. Helmets in good condition are required. Drafting is legal so riders may not ride on aerobars. Bike should be in good working order with working brakes. All Youth will race with the 'Novice' category, scored separetely. Youth rider may race Intermediate or expert if they are qualified.
The road bike category is intended for road bikes however any bike with tires narrower than 39mm will be considered a road bike. Bring your own bike or rent one ahead of time (Two-wheel Jones Rental)
The mountain category is for any bike with tires wider than 40mm, mountain bikes, hybrids, cruisers. Bring your own or rent one ahead of time (Two-wheel Jones Rental)
Rifle: Your registration includes the cost of a rental rifle however you may compete with your own rifle. Rifles must be bolt action, NO semi automatic or auto loading rifles. Rifles must be .22lr caliber only. Rifles may only be equipt with iron sights no optics of any kind are permitted. Rifles will always be pointed down range. If a shooter encounters a problem with their rifle that they do not know how to handle they will raise thair hand and wait for the range master. Rifles will be unloaded, magazine out and action open before leaving the lane. Rifles will not be removed from the lane until scoring is complete. No one is permitted to be forward of the firing line from check in until scoring is complete. Any safety violations will result in disqualification.
If you have some familiarity with shooting but have not handled a bolt action rifle we will have a familiarization shoot on Saturday before the race at 9:00am, 12:00pm or 3:00pm at Ted's Shooting Range. The familiarization course is free except for the cost of your ammunition. The rifles used for the competition will be the same type used in the familiarization shoot, though it may not be the exact same rifle. If you have no shooting experience we encourage attending a basic rifle class at Ted's Shooting Range.
The race begins on the bike with a mass start (groups of 20) on our 1/2 mile long road course. Athletes will complete the assigned laps (3 novice, 5 Intermediate, 6 Expert) then dismount at the transition area. After donning hearing and eye protection riders will proceed to their designated lane in the range and load then fire 5 rounds at their target from a standing position. The rifle will be unloaded before leaving the shooting position. The competitor then returns to the bike course to complete their second leg. The second course of fire is performed in a kneeling position before completing the last leg on the bike. The final course of fire is 5 rounds prone. Racers then exit the lanes and anounce Their number 'Finished' to the timing official.
Novice category completes 3 laps per leg and shoots from the 15 yard line
Intermediate category completes 5 laps per leg and shoots from the 20 yard line
Expert category completes 6 laps per leg and shoots from the 25 yard line.
For every hit that a shooter scores standing 1 minute will be deducted from their finish time, for each hit scored kneeling :45 seconds will be deducted and for each hit scored prone :30 seconds will be deducted. The rider in each category with the shortest total time wins their category.
6:00am registration and packet pick up open
6:30 am Mandatory Safety brief and walk through familiarization for first time athletes (First time competitors must attend or will not be allowed to race)
7:00 am Novice Shootout Race Start - Riders can use their road or mountain bike, male or female categories (scored seperately).
7:50 am Intermediate Road Bike Shootout
8:40 am Intermediate Mountain Bike Shootout
9;30 am Expert Shootout race start (by invite only)- Riders can use their road or mountain bike, male or female categories (scored seperately).
New athletes may choose to compete in either Novice or intermediate based upon their athleticism and preferance.
Parking is available at Ted's Shooting Range. However, the parking lot will be closed to vehicle traffic during the event. So, participants and spectators who need to leave during the event should park in the dirt lot just east with access off 187th St. On road parking is discouraged.