Third Annual Kraus-Anderson Bike Festival Features Extended Road Tour Options
Krauss-Anderson Bike Festival Hosts World-Class Enduro and Downhill Mountain Biking at Spirit Mountain
The Kraus-Anderson Community Foundation and Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS) are set to host the third annual Bike Duluth Festival at Spirit Mountain and on surrounding roads and trails August 13-14, 2016. Saturday, the 13th, features expanded road bike tours with 25 and 50 mile options, the popular enduro and downhill events, plus categories for kids and youth. Sunday features a Minnesota Mountain Bike Series event, The Great Hawk Chase, for the first time at Spirit Mountain.
Last year the Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival raised $32,000 and boasted over 400 participants representing six states. Event creator, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, is proud to support the community in this unique and targeted way. Kraus-Anderson Vice President Jeff Iisakka explains, “We are very excited to be able to showcase some of Duluth’s world-class bike trails for a third year now at Spirit Mountain. This festival has been a fun and rewarding way to give back to the community while educating people on Duluth’s growing trail system and promoting healthy outdoor living.”
Duluth currently has 65 miles of urban mountain biking trails, making it a premier mountain biking destination. COGGS and partners continue to improve and expand the trail system in an attempt to connect east to west and integrate seamlessly into surrounding city and state parks. In the past year these efforts have added 11 miles of trails.
Half of festival proceeds will be used to support continued development of the Duluth Traverse, a trail system being developed through a partnership between COGGS and the City of Duluth. COGGS representative Waylon Munch said, “Our members are dedicated to growing Duluth’s trail system, and we are grateful for the community’s support. This festival is a fantastic way to celebrate the growth of our community as well as our trail system.” The other half of proceeds will be donated to the Duluth Area Family YMCA. Kevin Peterson from the YMCA sees the festival as a great extension of YMCA efforts: “At the YMCA we have a social responsibility to bring our community together and help them live healthy lifestyles. We are excited to partner with Bike Duluth Festival again for a fun weekend full of dirt and smiles.”
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson shares a passion for the trails: “Duluth is a great city, on a Great Lake with an incredible opportunity for outdoor recreation. Whether part of a daily commute for residents or a destination experience for tourists, our world-class bike trails are an important part of our story. My family and I get out as much as possible, and it’s become a really important part of our time together. Thanks to Bike Duluth organizers for showcasing some of the best of what Duluth has to offer! See you out there.”
Spirit Mountain’s Grand Avenue Chalet area will host Saturday’s festival activities, which include games, contests, food and beer vendors, live music, and a raffle with great prizes. This year, the kids downhill race is free and casual, with a course set up for continuous, all day riding. There is also a youth downhill race for more experienced young riders.
Tips and techniques related to training and the latest event news can be found on the event’s Facebook Page. Spectators can attend free of charge. Please park at the Grand Avenue Chalet – parking is free.
For more information, including race descriptions, registration, volunteer opportunities, spectator-friendly events and festival activities, go to: http://bikeduluthfestival.com/festival/
Event sponsors include St. Luke’s Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, Trek, Spirit Mountain, The Ski Hut, Jamar, DSGW, City of Duluth, Hunt Electric, TKDA, LHB, Johnson Carpet, Viking Sprinkler, Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Cirrus Aircraft, Loll-Epicurean, and Flint Group.
About The Kraus-Anderson Community Foundation
The Kraus-Anderson Community Foundation is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes. It was established to support and sponsor events and activities that benefit communities in which the Kraus-Anderson family of companies reside and work. The KACF works collaboratively with charities, community groups, area businesses and individual volunteers in order to build stronger communities.