Bike Duluth Festival Highlights Mountain Biking Boom

Updated: 08/16/2014 10:09 PM
Created: 08/16/2014 9:49 PM
By: Briggs LeSavage

The inaugural Bike Duluth Festival celebrated the growth of mountain biking in the city this weekend. 

More than 100 bikers cruised Spirit Mountain's trails Saturday during the Enduro race and a downhill race in the afternoon. Saturday's events ended with a party at Chester Bowl that had activities for all ages. More races will be held on the new Mission Creek Trail beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Kraus-Anderson Construction came up with the idea for the event last year and partnered with Cyclists of Gitchi Gummi Shores (COGGS) to make it happen. Vice President and Director of Operations for the company Jeff Iisakka said they wanted to put on the event to showcase Duluth's trail system. 

"One of our missions is to promote healthy outdoor living .. and that type of thing, outdoor activites, so we wanted to combine all those things, and we just felt that some type of mountain biking event would be a fun thing to do," Iisakka said.

Adam Sundberg with COGGS helped make it happen. He said mountain biking has brought business to Duluth. 

"We're getting a lot of people to come and experience our trails for the first time and they're getting really excited about them and are going to want to keep coming back to Duluth," Sundberg said. 

Half the proceeds will benefit COGGS while the other half will be donated to the Duluth Legacy Endowment Fund. 

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