The competition has begun.
Duluth is one of three finalists in a national online competition for a $100,000 mountain bike trail grant, courtesy of Bell Helmets.
Duluth, representing our nation’s central region, will vie against West Coast finalist Mariposa, Calif., and East Coast finalist Knoxville, Tenn.
The Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores — called COGGS for short — proposes to use the grant funds to help build out the Spirit Mountain Bike Park, and Duluth Mayor Don Ness has pledged $50,000 in additional city funding if the group wins the Bell grant.
In the semifinal round, Duluth beat out two projects proposed in New Mexico — one in Gallup and another in Ruidoso.
The online voting in the final round began today and will run through June 4. Only the top vote-getter will receive the $100,000 grant.