Duluth’s mountain biking trail system is becoming well know in our region… AND In this week’s Get Outdoors, Meteorologist Adam Lorch talks with the group responsible for building and maintaining those trails.
Since starting the segment of Get Outdoors, I’ve been able to check out a lot of Duluth’s trails. But I had yet to talk to the people who actually made them, the Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores, or COGGS.
Alec Kadlec, Board Chair of COGGS, said “We are a volunteer nonprofit organization who is dedicated to building and maintaining the Multi-use single-track trail network throughout Duluth.”
It has taken countless amounts of volunteer hours to get the trails to where they are today, and to keep them in good shape. But it took more than just man-hours to get the trails built. It also took a lot of government help.
“We work really closely with the city of Duluth for the land management and easements of land usage. So a lot of the trails are on city or county owned property.” said Kadlec.
Alec Kadlec is the Board Chair of COGGS and even though he’s lived in Duluth for a handful of years, he can see a real value our city gains from the trails.
Kadlec said, “I think it’s a really good asset that we have in the city and a unique opportunity. So I wanted to do as much as I could to support that.”
And with Kadlec’s support, they have been able to continue to finish up the Duluth Traverse Project.
“We most recently finished up a trail in Quarry Park. We’re working on A trail near the antenna farm that we built out last year, and we have some other trails out near Ely’s Peak and the Lincoln Park craft District.” said Kadlec.
All of COGGS funding comes from volunteer donations. But they also hold some events to raise funds, and their biggest events to raise money is coming up soon!
“Kraus-Anderson bike Duluth festival hosted out at Spirit Mountain and there’s a number of races from toddler strider races to up to full scale, downhill races for The really advanced people. So there’s something for everyone there.” said Kadlec.
The K-A Bike Duluth Festival is from Friday August second through Sunday august 4th.