Hundreds Take Part in Bike Duluth Festival

Mountain Bikers Race at Spirit Mountain

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Despite the heat, hundreds of mountain bike enthusiasts hit the trails at Spirit Mountain.

The Bike Duluth Festival kicked off on Saturday, August 15, with more than four hundred riders ready to compete over the course of the weekend.

The two-day mountain bike celebration features a variety of events for riders of all ages, including endurance and downhill races.

The festival is put on by Kraus–Anderson Construction Company in a partnership with the nonprofit COGGS.

Last year’s event raised over $30,000 for COGGS, and this year, organizers expect to top that.

“Half the proceeds we make go back to COGGS, which builds more trails so we can keep on regenerating the trail systems, and the other half is going to the YMCA,” Kraus-Anderson Vice President-Director of Operations, Jeff Iisakka said.

“It’s a great time to be a mountain biker in Duluth or to take up mountain biking in Duluth. There’s a lot of energy, a lot of activities going into the trails right now,” COGGS representative, Waylon Munch said.

Nothing was stopping these hardcore cyclists from getting out on the trails.

Riders and spectators lined the trails from the top of the hill to the bottom.

Some were there to compete while others just wanted to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

“To come out and have everybody celebrating bikes is a cool thing. It’s not so cool out, but that’s okay,” mountain biker, Paul Luciano said.

The event continues into Sunday, with races being held at the Lester Park trails.

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