Cuneo, Beaulieu double up on wins at Chuck Lyda Biathlon |

Cuneo, Beaulieu double up on wins at Chuck Lyda Biathlon

Steffen Cuneo lines up for a shot during Sunday's Chuck Lyda Biathlon.
Courtesy of John Feland

The annual Chuck Lyda Biathlon was held last weekend at Auburn Ski Club, honoring biathlete, Olympian and former Auburn Ski Club program director Charles Lyda.

Lyda (1952-2010) was a two-time Olympian (1976, 1980) and two-time World Champion (1975, 1977) in canoe/kayak before serving as the Nordic director for the club for several years.

Racing began Saturday at the club with the sprint event, bringing dozens of athletes to the course to compete in Auburn Ski Club’s first biathlon race since January.

Truckee’s Steffen Cuneo put on a dominant display, winning Saturday’s pro men’s race by more than six minutes.

On the women’s side, Sugar Bowl Academy athlete Sarah Beaulieu took the win, topping the field of 10 other competitors by more than a minute. Samantha Swan captured the win in the Under 18 division, and was second overall. Zoe Klenke was third. Dan Warren was second. Ted Hulbert was third. Annelise Cuneo was fourth overall and first out of the U16 division.

Athletes returned to Auburn Ski Club the following day for pursuit and Cuneo and Beaulieu repeated their performances, winning the men and women’s races.

Cuneo was again dominant, defeating second place by more than four minutes behind the best shooting performance of the day. Warren was again second overall. Raymond Erst was third.

Beaulieu won by nearly two minutes despite being outshot by two other competitors.

Swan was second again and first in the U18 division. Klenke was third overall.

The next competition, the Spring Biathlon, is scheduled for March 24 at Auburn Ski Club.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at