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Monday Night Rides

Updated: July 25, 2019 11:46 PM

For many of us, Monday's might not be our favorite day of the week, but others look forward to what Mondays' bring. "I love Monday Night Biking," Ellene Smith said. "This is my first time doing this ride, I am actually visiting from Portland, Oregon."

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That's right, Smith is an avid mountain biker that traveled all the way from the West Coast to enjoy Duluth's mountain biking opportunities. "Really really excited to check out the trails tonight," Smith said. "I love what I have seen so far and it seems like you have got a really good biking community here."

She is not the only one that has noticed the growing popularity of the Monday Night Bike ride along sections of the Duluth Traverse. The leisurely ride offered by Ski Hut continues to grow and attract more riders over the past 25 years.

"We have been riding out here for decades and we would see pretty much the people that we know," Mountain biker Mike Bushey said. "Now that we have got these new trail systems we are seeing people from all over the country."

Bushey says he enjoys opportunity the ride gives him to get out in nature and to biuld a comraderie with the group. "I think the best part about it is that you get to enjoy the outdoors. You don't have to deal with traffic typically," he said. "You see amazing things whether its in the evening, the middle of the day, early morning, and generally the people you encounter are like minded individuals and they are enjoying their time as well."

And those like-minded individuals can range from all ages and experience levels as well according to the Monday Night Ride Captain Scott Kylander-Johnson. "We don't go fast. I mean there might be a downhill where people can ride at their own pace, but we always slow down at any trail intersection. We don't lose people."

He says there is no registration or fees to join in on the fun rides. All you need to do is just check Ski Hut's Facebook page Monday mornings or give them a call to find out the time and location of the Monday Night Ride and then show up.

"It's a no-hassle event," Kylander-Johnson said. "It's almost like a fully supported quick evening push through the woods."

Join WDIO News at Ten every Thursday to get the latest tips and tricks you need to enjoy the trails in the Duluth area as well as updated trail conditions.

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