COGGS Board of Directors
Volunteers and Trail Fanatics 

COGGS members are represented by an all volunteer board of directors. The board develops and oversees the implementation of club policies and program goals. Board members serve two year terms, renewable up to three terms. Board members are COGGS members for the duration of their term. Below are the current COGGS board members.

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We are looking for good people. Current Board Position openings can be found here


Dave Antonson

Position: Board Chair


About me: I have been riding bikes as long as I can remember. When I am not enjoying the freedom, fitness and friendship that can be found on two wheels, I am an enthusiast of all the silent sports, exploring the outdoors and a big baseball fan. Support for my mountain biking habit comes from helping companies in the financial services industry as a CPA at RSM.


Favorite Local Trail: Hartley


Jake Boyce

Position: Vice Chair


About me: Found mountain biking by getting lost in Hartley long before trail maps were a thing. I've been playing with bikes ever since then. If not riding, you'll find me chasing my children, wife and dog, plotting with Day Tripper of Duluth, working at one of the local bike shops, or riding around in an ambulance. 


Favorite Local Trail: Stone Age


Ansel Schimpff

Position: Trails Director



About me: After 10 years of moving from one Mountain bike destination to another, my family and I have finally settled down in Duluth. With two young kids, the trail access in Duluth is hard to beat. I’ve built trails professionally and as a volunteer all over the county and I’m excited to share that experience with the community. When I’m not building trails, I can be found chasing my kids around Hartley or wrenching at a local bike shop.

Favorite Local Trail: Piedmont

Katherine Dougherty

Position: Treasurer


About me: I am a Duluth native that travels frequently but always enjoy coming home to our beautiful city. When I’m not working at building my business or hanging out with my hilarious teenager, you will find me trail running, biking, snowboarding, or hiking with my dog and the great people in my life. I also enjoy a good cheeseburger.


Favorite Local Trail: Lester

Cindy Willey

Position: Membership Director


About me: I love everything that Duluth has to offer, especially the mountain bike trails!  When I am not biking you will find me hiking, snowboarding, paddling or enjoying one of the great breweries in town.  By day, I am the Continuous Improvement Leader at Genesis Attachments.


Favorite Local Trail: Hawk’s Ridge

Mason Bacso

Board Position - Secretary



About Me: I got into biking after a burn out from college cross country ski racing.  My first mountain bike race was a low key week day race in the intermediate category.  I crashed 9 times and took second to last place.  The people in the sport were so nice and easy going and pushed me to keep at it.  Couple years later I found myself on the podium of an elite race and have fallen in love with the sport of mountain biking! 


Favorite Local Trail: My wife and I live and ride near the Piedmont trail system, so that has naturally become our favorite and go to riding location.  I love the Admiral Rockbar loop and the DM decent. 


Erin Lindgren


Board Position: Fundraising Director


About Me: I started biking around 5 years ago when I bought on old Specialized Rockhopper from the bike swap. I immediately fell in love and feel extremely lucky to live around amazing trails. I have since updated to a new Rockhopper. When I’m not on my bike you’ll find me on the ski trails, hiking trails, swimming, fishing, and raising two girls to do the same. I’m also a first grade teacher and love what I do.

Favorite Local Trail: Piedmont/Brewer.


Carrie Totushek


Position: Marketing Director



About Me: moved to Duluth with my husband and kids in 2016. We were super lucky to have found a house down the road from the Piedmont trail and fell in love with it. Duluth has so much to offer and is by far my favorite place that we've lived.


When I'm not working as a photographer and marketer you can find me out on the trails, in my garden, skiing, cooking/baking, watching movies, and hanging out with my family and our golden retriever, Millie. 


Favorite local trail: Piedmont 

Nikolai Anikin


Position: Ride Director


About me: Life long xc skier who is becoming increasingly obsessed with mountain biking.  I started out biking with 2" bumps scaring me, so I preferred road biking. Now I can't bring myself to take the road bike out anymore.  I'm scared and excited for this new world of trail building.  I might even try some drops.

Favorite Local Trail: Mission Creek.

Megan McMahon


Position: Volunteer Director


About me: I moved to Duluth 3 years ago, where I was introduced to the world of mountain biking. I have fallen in love with the sport and love pushing my limits and hunting for top tens on Strava. When I’m not biking, you can find me downhill skiing, sailing and drinking beer. For my “real life” job, I am a teacher of young minds! 

Favorite Local Trail: Mission


Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS) is a volunteer run, 501(c)(3) non-profit cycling club serving the Duluth/Superior Twin Ports Area of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and a proud supporter of IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association).

The current COGGS Bylaws / Operating Guidelines, approved by membership vote on 5/21/2019, can been read here (link)


COGGS is dedicated to developing and maintaining world-class mountain biking opportunities for all in the Twin Ports.



COGGS is a leading mountain biking advocacy organization committed to sustainable trail development, equitable trail access across the Twin Ports, and to developing a welcoming outdoor recreational culture by promoting opportunities, education, programming, partnerships, and healthy outdoor fun.


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Mailing Address

COGGS, PO Box 161261, Duluth, MN 55815, United States

Telephone: (218) 382-4822

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