Biathlon is a fairly unique discipline in the world of sports as it combines two seemingly opposite components, which are cross country skiing and rifle marksmanship. This makes it a great sport to be a part of for children and youth as it teaches them the very basic mechanical skills and then develops the more complex aspects of human bio-mechanics.
From the day we opened our doors back in May of 2012 we committed to a performance-inspired biathlon program that would develop quality athletes for Canada’s Junior and Senior National Teams. That goal, in our minds, could only be achieved by developing quality individuals first, and that is nearly impossible without quality and continuous education.
Unlike the majority of the Nordic programs in Canada offering both cross country skiing and biathlon components, CBR coaches focus solely on biathlon training. This approach is modeled after the Sport School of Olympic Reserve systems of Russia and the Ukraine. At the core of these systems is the development of performance-inspired athletes and a natural progression to National Junior and Senior teams level.
Calgary Biathlon Racers are open to athletes of all ability levels (from beginner to high performance) and have a simple and yet detailed recruitment procedure in place to ensure that our program is the right fit for a potential new member. We kindly ask those interested in joining the program to follow these 4 simple steps:
Months of Training per Year
Each practice has a specific goal or task to focus on which helps with racing. Attention to detail is very different at CBR, where the coaches look at the smallest thing to gain results in winter. Looking at lactate, proper recovery between sessions as well as diet and hydration.
After training with CBR in June 2017, I came back home with a new understanding of training. The trainings were very well thought to maximize the gains.
Now there is no shortage of success with the Calgary Biathlon Racers, but that is not why I want to join them. I chose them because they are less like a team and more like a family. In my time I spent training with them I was accepted as one of them and was provided with expert advice.
CBR isn’t like your ordinary sports team. We have a small group of athletes and get a very one-on-one style of training. If I have a question about something, our coaches are always there to answer the question, and make sure it’s applied correctly.