Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS) works to improve cycling opportunities for Twin Ports residents. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1994 after the Superior Bikers and the North Star Bike Club combined and is a chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). It maintains over 30 miles of multi-use, single-track trail in Duluth and hosts regular group rides throughout the area. COGGS has been an integral partner in planning the KA Bike Duluth Festival and will receive half of the event proceeds.
The KA Bike Duluth Festival is proud to partner with the Duluth Area Family YMCA because of its commitment to fitness and health. The other half of proceeds will be donated to the Duluth Area YMCA to support family and youth programming. YMCA’s dedication to developing youth and creating programming focused on education and healthy living reflects Kraus-Anderson’s vision for this event and the surrounding Duluth community. Last January the YMCA received a fleet of 40 new bikes, accessories and a trailer to educate youth about healthy and safe riding through the Minnesota Department of Transportation Safe Routes to Schools grant program. Overlap in mission and values made the YMCA an easy choice as the festival benefactor.