Mountain Biking Exploding in Duluth – We Could Win Grant Money for Trails

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DULUTH, Minn. –  It’s a sport that has grown exponentially in the Northland in just the past seven years, mountain biking.

It should be no surprise that Duluth is well on its way to being a global destination for those looking to ride.

Right now there are clusters of trails from West Duluth to Lester Park totaling 54-miles.

By the end of summer 2015 another 15-miles will be complete.

There trails are all part of the Duluth Traverse plan with a goal of 100-miles interconnected trails spanning the 26-mile city length of Duluth.

The goal for the project to be complete is fall 2017.

There will be seven different trail systems connecting with optional loops and beginner track so that anyone can navigate the entire system from one end of town to another.

Amazing topography, green space preserved by the City of Duluth, and an immense passion for the outdoors is what spurred Cyclists of the Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS) to partner with the city and rapidly expand.

“Biking in Duluth can be anything you want. It can be communicating to work on trails or taking your kids out to go to Spirit Mountain. It can be doing the double black diamond gnarly downhill – what we really want to do is communicate that to everybody that it’s a sport for everyone,” said Pamela Schmitt of Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores, COGGS.

Just recently COGGS and Spirit Mountain partnered to apply for a $100,000 grant from Bells Helmets.

If they win, the International Mountain Bicycling Association would design a downhill trail at Spirit Mountain.

The best part is that Mayor Ness has agreed to donate $50,000 to constructing even more trails if COGGS and Spirit Mountain are selected for the grant.

Voting begins next Monday.

Be sure to log on to  it will link you to the Bell’s website, where you’ll be able to select Spirit Mountain as the grant recipient. 

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