Duluth Traverse Gala 2020

Friday, November 20th, 2020 The 9th Annual Duluth Traverse Gala, originally scheduled for Saturday night March 14th, is being postponed due to COVID-19 recommendations to limit large gatherings. The Gala has been rescheduled for Friday, November 20, 2020; same time (5pm), same place (Clyde Malting Building) and same great auction items. We will continue to monitor the situation over the summer. Fingers crossed we can all get together for a bash this late fall. We will really need it. Please mark your calendars! If this date does not work for you, please reach out to gala@coggs.com. We are very disappointed as we know the Gala has become a cornerstone event for our community. We are confident

Why You Should Join COGGS. Now.

COGGS has been supported by the local business community since its inception. We simply could not have established the Twin Ports as a world-class mountain biking destination without the help of our partners and sponsors. In light of the COVID-related challenges many of our local businesses are facing, we would like to do something to give back to the businesses that have supported us over the years. Spring Member Drive Gives Back We are launching our spring membership drive. COGGS membership numbers are down overall, (currently 479) and we would like to see those numbers back to a healthy standard. Our goal? We'd like to get 500 more new and returning members. That, frankly, is a crazy numb

Local Exploration: Backside of the Sawtooth Mountains

Not far from Duluth, on the backside of a forested spine of the Sawtooth Mountains, sits the small town of Finland, MN. Here is a great place to start an adventure. The USFS Finland Campground sits right at the edge of town along the East Branch of the Baptism River. In town, you have a real general store, The Finland Coop, and cafes like, "Our Place," all within walking distance of each other. Cutting through town is state Hwy 1, running north/south from Hwy 61 on the shore to Ely, the town at "the end of the road." But starting from Finland is the reason to be exploring this neck of the woods. County Road 7, or the "Cramer Road" (many roads in Northern Minnesota have two and maybe three na

Solo Adventure: No route, but a spirit

The ingredients to this adventure are simple, essential: The first rule of bikepacking is: There are no rules! Pick a destination, a goal, and discover for yourself how to get there. Take a bike (any bike) and go there (any place). The world is your oyster, go find some pearls. Find your own where and make the how work for you. “Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” ― Matsuo Bashô

Dawn Patrol: The quest for coffee

Start Early Outdoor enthusiasts everywhere seek reprieve from the long Winter’s cabin fever. We crave a connection to the outside world. For us here in Minnesota these cravings are an annual occurrence with each coming Spring. We MTBers do our best to balance this with the annual single track closures due to the spring thaw. Rest assured, there are still plenty of options for getting outside. One of the best excuses to do this: Get out and enjoy a cup of fresh brewed coffee at sunrise. Right now in Duluth, first light occurs around 5:30am. Sunrise occurs a little after 6am. Packing the night before, rolling out of bed around 5am, and hopping on the bike at first light is easily doable. The r

Night Patrol: Old Interstate Bridge

Fun Nighttime (or daytime) destination! Everyone has their favorite daytime vista point in Duluth. But there are also a plethora of incredible night time chill spots in Duluth. There’s a little known water-side vantage point at the end of Rices Point Landing, kinda under the Blatnik Bridge. It’s a mellow ride out from West Duluth, which makes it a tasty night time destination. There are all sorts of food and drink stops along the way in the Lincoln Park Craft District. It’s called the Old Interstate Bridge, ‘cause that’s what it is. The very end of the bridge has a bunch of places to sit and offers stellar views of the Blatnik bridge, the lights, and reflections in the St. Louis bay. Pack a

Local Exploration: Grassy Point via Western Waterfront Trail

This is about the little places. The little parks and trails that people "in the neighborhood" have known forever, but aren’t so widely recognized beyond that. These days it pays to keep it local. Ride your neighborhood. If you see a path you haven’t explored, take it. Find out where it goes. Explore locally. Micro-adventure. Find what you have overlooked for years. Take time to look around. Grassy Point is one such place? Ever been there? Resources Map to Grassy Point - explore the Wester Water Trail while you are at it. #explorelocal #backyardriding

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