COGGS Overview & History

About Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS)

 

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 supporter of IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association).

Bylaws & Operating Guidelines

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

Annual Reports

Annual Reports - Shown at our annual membership meetings

Mission

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

 

Vision

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.

History

  • 1994: COGGS was founded when the Superior Bikers and the North Star Bike Club combine.

  • 2001: COGGS hosts first visit of the IMBA Trail Care Crew to build the Pokegema Trail.

  • 2006: Duluth Area Trails Alliance's input to the Duluth comprehensive plan public process results in a network of multi-use trails being incorporated into the Duluth Comprehensive Land Use Plan that is adopted by the Duluth City Council.

  • 2007: COGGS volunteers begin building the Piedmont trails system.

  • 2007: Outside Magazine names Duluth to the list of Best Towns of 2007 (9 Total).

  • 2009: COGGS Gitchee Gumee Galavant social bike ride developed.  

  • 2010: Duluth Parks and Recreation Master Plan is adopted by the City Council that includes a multi-use trail alignment for the Duluth Traverse.

  • 2011: City of Duluth Mayor Don Ness pledges $100,000/year of City Parks funds to help fund the Duluth Traverse Project for as long as he is mayor.

  • 2011: COGGS joined IMBA as a chapter.

  • 2011: City of Duluth Mayor Don Ness sets the goal for the City of Duluth to become the Premier Trail City in North America.

  • 2011: COGGS wins $250,000 MN DNR Legacy Grant for Duluth Traverse Project, along with several other grants that year. 

  • 2012: COGGS holds first Duluth Traverse Gala Fundraising Dinner Event.

  • 2012: Massive flooding hits Duluth. Duluth and the surrounding areas are declared a National Disaster Area. COGGS Sustainable Trails hold up well to the floodwaters. Some Federal FEMA funds are appropriated for rebuilding trails with sustainable designs that when completed will also be open to mountain bike use.

  • 2012: COGGS hosts the first ever IMBA Trail Solutions Flow Trail Building School at Spirit Mountain. The school coincided with IMBA Trail Solutions Trail Specialist Aaron Rodgers work on building the Candyland Trail at Spirit Mountain.

  • 2013: Duluth City Council Approves Phase 2 Duluth Traverse Legacy Grant Application.

  • 2013: Duluth starts a cross-city high school moutain bike team for the inaugral season of Minnesota High School Mountain Bike League. They take third overall.

  • 2014: Duluth wins Outside Magazine: Best Outside Town contest.

  • To be updated...

Leadership

 

Past and present board members and critical volunteers.

COGGS 2015 Board of Directors

  • Waylon Munch, Chair / Employed at Enbridge Energy

  • Suzy Sanders, Secretary / Employed by the State of Wisconsin

  • Jeff Dorn, Treasurer / Employed by Minnesota Power

  • Pamela Schmitt, Fundraising Coordinator / Employed by Minnesota Power

  • Matt Torvinen, Trails Coordinator / Employed by LHB Corporation

  • Dave Cizmas, Group Ride Coordinator / Employed by State of Wisconsin - DNR

  • Josh Kowaleski, Membership Coordinator / Employed by Northwood Children’s Services

  • Daniel Cosgrove, Promotions Coordinator / Employed by Minnesota Power

COGGS 2016 Board of Directors

  • Waylon Munch, Chair / Employed at Enbridge Energy

  • Suzy Sanders, Secretary / Employed by the State of Wisconsin

  • Jeff Dorn, Treasurer / Employed by Minnesota Power

  • Pamela Schmitt, Fundraising Coordinator / Employed by Minnesota Power

  • Tim Kostner, Trails Coordinator / Employed by Barko Hydraulics

  • Dave Cizmas, Group Ride Coordinator / Employed by State of Wisconsin - DNR

  • Josh Kowaleski, Membership Coordinator / Employed by Northwood Children’s Services

  • Daniel Cosgrove, Promotions Coordinator / Employed by Minnesota Power

 

COGGS 2017 Board of Directors

  • Waylon Munch, Chair / Employed at Enbridge Energy

  • Rebecca Teasley, Secretary / Employed by the University of Minnesota Duluth

  • Jeff Dorn, Treasurer / Employed by Minnesota Power

  • Pamela Schmitt, Fundraising Director / Employed by Minnesota Power

  • Tim Kostner, Trails Director / Employed by Barko Hydraulics

  • Dave Cizmas, Ride Director / Employed by State of Wisconsin - DNR

  • Eric Olson, Membership Director / Employed by Cirrus Aircraft

  • Doran Nurmi, Marketing Director / Self Employed web/graphic design

COGGS 2018 Board of Directors

  • Alec Kadlec, Chair / Employed at Cirrus Aircraft

  • Rebecca Teasley, Secretary / Employed by the University of Minnesota Duluth

  • Danielle Goldfarb, Treasurer / Employed by St. Lukes

  • David Humes, Fundraising Director / Employed by Intectural

  • Tim Kostner, Trails Director / Employed by Barko Hydraulics

  • Dee Bartlam, Ride Director / Employed by St. Lukes 

  • Eric Olson, Membership Director / Employed by Cirrus Aircraft

  • Doran Nurmi, Marketing Director / Self Employed web/graphic design

COGGS 2019 Board of Directors

  • Alec Kadlec, Chair / Employed at Cirrus Aircraft

  • Mason Bacso, Secretary / Employed by 

  • Danielle Goldfarb, Treasurer / Employed by St. Lukes

  • David Humes, Fundraising Director / Employed by Involta

  • Mike Reuter, Trails Director / Employed by 

  • Dee Bartlam, Ride Director / Employed by St. Lukes 

  • Cindy Willey, Membership Director / Employed by 

  • Jeremy Weizel, Marketing Director / Employed By University of MN NRRI

  • Daniel Cosgrove, Member At Large / Employed By Minnesota Power

 

COGGS 2020 Board of Directors

  • Alec Kadlec, Chair / Employed at Cirrus Aircraft

  • Mason Bacso, Secretary / Employed by 

  • Danielle Goldfarb, Treasurer / Employed by St. Lukes

  • David Humes, Fundraising Director / Employed by Involta

  • Mike Reuter, Trails Director / Employed by 

  • Cindy Willey, Membership Director / Employed by 

  • Jeremy Weizel, Marketing Director / Employed By University of MN NRRI

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