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.
Position: Board Chair
About me: I began biking as a Triathlete (so I also love swimming and running), but Duluth made me a MTB convert. When not training or working at Cirrus Aircraft as a Manufacturing Engineer, I am usually drinking coffee or beer, and watching movies.
Favorite Local Trail: Chester Rim
Position: Trails Director
About me: I started riding jumps and a quarter pipe on a banana seat Huffy in a neighborhood lot. Recently, bikepacking the Colorado trail has been an obsession and some of the most fun I have had on two wheels. I feel fortunate to be a part of the vibrant Duluth outdoor community whether it’s climbing up the shore, paddling a river, riding on dirt, or building trail.
Favorite Local Trail: Hartley Lester loop from home with my wife on the tandem!
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
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
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.
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.
Position: Marketing Director
About me: I've been lucky enough to ride bike all over the world, and yet I've never found anything quite like Duluth, MN. Now my wife and I are raising two young shredders here. I work as a healthcare marketing consultant and as a marketing strategist for UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute.
Favorite Local Trail: Lester DT on a hot summer evening with my kids.
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.
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.
COGGS, PO Box 161261, Duluth, MN 55815, United States
Telephone: (218) 382-4822