This weekend, all biking enthusiasts should plan to be at Spirit Mountain for the third annual Bike Duluth Festival, presented by the Kraus-Anderson Community Foundation and Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores.  Since Duluth currently has 65 miles of urban mountain biking trails, this should draw a lot of people and there will be plenty of activity.

Saturday, August 13 features expanded road bike tours with 25 and 50 mile options, the popular enduro and downhill events, plus categories for kids and youth, including a bike parade. You can also take part in a silent auction.

Spirit Mountain’s Grand Avenue Chalet area will host Saturday’s festival activities, which include food and beer vendors, live music, and a raffle.  Parking at the Grand Avenue Chalet is free.

Sunday features a Minnesota Mountain Bike Series event: The Great Hawk Chase.  This all day event, which starts at 9 a.m., is making its first appearance at Spirit Mountain.

According to organizers, last year the Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival raised $32,000 and boasted over 400 participants representing six states.  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.  The other half of proceeds will be donated to the Duluth Area Family YMCA.

Use the link below to get the full schedule and register for events.  They are also looking for volunteers for the weekend.