Bikes and Brews – Anniston, Alabama

Anniston has always embraced the biking community with the Cheaha Challenge and the Chief Ladiga Trail.  Now we’re taking it off road!

There are several videos on YouTube of mountain bikers riding beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails on Coldwater Mountain.  There’s even a video that captures the development of a Singletrack Project…and the ride afterwards….

“More than a decade in the making, the new trail system coming to Coldwater Mountain outside of Anniston, Alabama, promises to be the next major US mountain bike destination.”

Dirt Rag‘s article on How to Build a National Mountain Bike Destination from Scratch (pages 70-74 in issue #165) features Coldwater Mountain as one of Alabama’s Forever Wild gold stars.

(Forever Wild is a state-wide program for maintaining and developing scenic properties for recreation.)  This particular 4,000 acres is tagged for a  mountain biking paradise.

Development plans for a silver or even a gold Ride Center (per IMBA’s Ride Center qualifications) distinguish Coldwater Mountain and Alabama as a premier mountain biking destination.  What does that mean?

“When finished, there will be 50-60 miles of purpose-built singletrack networked into one massive system, including several three mile long downhills/climbs that are already mapped out.  Also utilizing the 1.000 feet of vertical drop from the summit to the access road will be multiple gravity-specific trails…”

It means that US and international mountain bikers are going to make very specific plans to visit Anniston, AL.

Welcome to Cheaha Brewing Company, mountain bikers!  You are most certainly welcome.  Between Coldwater Mountain‘s massive Ride Center, the Chief Ladiga Trail, the Cheaha Challenge, and Rumble on Noble (for those who prefer a massive motorized ride), Cheaha Brewing Company loves bikes and brews as much as you do.