Video: Coldwater Mountain Alabama

Jun 22, 2015 at 15:03
by Justin Olsen  

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bigquotesWhen thinking of places to take a mountain bike trip, Alabama historically hasn't been too high on the list. However with the Coldwater trail network built by IMBA in Anniston on the map now, it's a different story. Cody Kelley and I took a trip there this spring to explore what the deep south had to offer, and it was really good. So good in fact, that we met riders from all of the surrounding states, even as far away as Ohio and Florida, who had come to Coldwater to ride. This is a really fun trail system, and it's truly having a positive impact on the community as well by helping bring more money and people in to help the town grow and thrive. Coldwater is definitely worth the trip, and the southern hospitality of Anniston is unrivaled. You'll have a blast out there! - Eric Porter


bigquotesOne of my favourite things about mountain biking is going on new adventures and exploring new trail areas, and this being my first time to Anniston, it provide just that. When you combine a great trail system with friendly people and classic southern food it is a winning combination for sure! This is a trip that everyone needs to put on their calendars. I will definitely be coming back. - Cody Kelley


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66 Comments

  • + 18
 phew... talk about fast, flowy and poppy trails. that's the ticket. Looks like a blast! Nice trail work everyone.
  • + 1
 YUP! About a 2 hr drive for me.... Hmm, maybe Sunday..!
  • + 1
 oooo do it! Smile
  • + 9
 I held the Cold Water Enduro that weekend. Good to see & meet you guys out there. Oh and drinking some brews at the Peerless Saloon and Grill...Good times. #3rdCoastEnduroSeries
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flag abzillah (Jun 23, 2015 at 10:44) (Below Threshold)
 Hell yeah for Racist Alabama! Keep that confederate flag flying.
  • + 13
 Where these gentlemen were (possibly) born and chose to settle to create a great MTB community is zero reflection of the history of the state they live in.
  • + 7
 @abzilla I'm AA and have felt nothing but love from Anniston when I have held my races there. Great town that is really behind the cycling communty
  • + 4
 Brent! I raced in your CWM Enduro (turquoise Yeti), had a blast. Missed out on Pisgah, but looking forward to Raccoon. So stoked!
  • + 4
 Just gonn throw it out there that is currently around 90-98 degrees in Bama during these summer days right now along with upwards of 80-100% humidity, so be prepared to sweat, a lot. (From Birmingham)

Anniston does have some sweet trails though, in my opinion more fun than Oak Mountain!
  • + 1
 Omg I used to work at the Peerless when I went to Jax State lol
  • + 5
 Colorado guy here. What's humidity?

But seriously, this place looks like a grand time. Really want to ride here and eat as much southern food as humanly possible.
  • + 2
 It may be a little hot here this time of year but mild and little to no snow fall over the winter makes for great year round riding!
  • + 7
 Check out the headstone of "Floyd" at the top of one of the first trails. This was the first bomb dog of Calhoun County Sheriff Office. I was his handler for Floyd. He went somewhere on the mountain and I believed he died. He was 15 years old and we retired at the same time due to his health. I had him at home one year and he loved the mountain. He was able to be just a dog for a year, but he loved it..
  • + 8
 That made Alabama look really awesome, good work boys! And that front wheel bonk to manual over the roller at the end was sick
  • + 5
 Did a double take when I saw my one of my go-to trails on the front page of Pinkbike, love CWM. IMBA guys please film an edit at Oak Mountain next and really show off what AL has to offer!
  • + 5
 Agreed! Oak Mountain is where it's a for Alabama riding. Pretty surprised by all the down votes. People are missing out, oh well more good riding, good times, and good food for me
  • + 3
 +1. Do you ride with the CAMP guys down in Auburn? I went to Miss. State but my wife/in-laws are from Auburn, so I get to ride Chewacla pretty often.
  • + 1
 Yeah man I do!
  • + 3
 If you haven't road Coldwater, Oak Mountain or Monte Sano then you can't judge Alabama's riding. You would be shocked by how beautiful it is and how awesome the single track is. There are so many other gems in the state and it has some of the best back country single track you could imagine. So don't judge a book by its cover come check it out.
  • + 2
 Rode**
  • + 2
 I've ridden all three, and Alabama is one of my favorite states to ride. Unfortunately, I live 12 hours away.
  • + 1
 Don't forget Tuskegee NF, and all the work on the trails they've been doing in Chewalca SP lately!
  • + 1
 Of course not! I am from Auburn, definitely can't under play how much work is going into the trails. Tuskegee is probably one of my favorite trails of all time!
  • + 2
 Yeah for sure! Living in Montana, one of the only things I do miss is the long Alabama riding season and the trails!
  • + 4
 Great seeing a trail I ride getting coverage. I've been all over and have found rednecks and racists everywhere. At least we have great weather and great food.
  • + 2
 LOOKS LIKE FUN; but it's really sad that all new trails are built with these machines,that remove the structure of the soil. Thus in turn destroy the concept of the trail design after just a couple of years typically. This is an approach to trail building that was introduced to the Eastern US several years ago, that were to mimic the type of trails of Western US. Unfortunately the Appalachian Mtn. Range is a Temperate Rain Forest that can receive Deluge after Deluge and wreak havoc on these types of trails.
  • + 2
 I live in Florida and this is my favorite place to ride (about 5 hours away.) The town has gone all-in on MTB. Their stated goal is to turn that part of AL into a MTB mecca. You wouldn't guess, but the terrain around there is great for it - lots of "mountains" (big hills TBH) with 1500-2000 feet of elevation and year-round riding. Mentioned elsewhere in this thread - Bomb Dog is a 3 mile downhill! It does get brutally hot this time of year though, but you can ride all winter long. Moreover this place is within an easy drive of all sorts of trails you've heard of in N. Carolina (Pisgah and other trails around WNC) and TN and N. GA.
  • + 2
 This is a truely awesome place to ride. I have been there many times and love bomb dog trail which is a 3 mile downhill approx. But the whole trial system is awesome everyone should get out and ride it.
  • + 2
 Whoever found (and kept) my GoatPro White on the side of 'Bomb Dog', I f'ing hate you. I hope that footage with the midgets & clowns scarred you for life.
  • + 3
 I was born in Anniston. Always hated going back there but now I have a reason to return!
  • + 1
 Justin, one of my areas on my mission was Gadsden which isn't far. I had no idea there was good biking there. Sweet video...thanks for making me want collared greens and okra at 1130pm though...
  • + 3
 great vid but I kept getting distracted by the horrible full camo matching getup.
  • + 2
 aaah Monsanto, the nicest people in the industrial world
  • + 1
 I bought my first mountain bike in Oxford (Fun Wheels represent!) and learned to ride in the Chocolocco Management Area on the Iron Legs loop!

This is awesome to see!
  • + 3
 hey I already heard "alabama" !! isn't it there that Forest Gump lives ?
  • - 2
 Can't sit here. Seat's taken.
  • + 1
 Bike, Forest, bike!
  • + 0
 Hmm, Pedal?
  • + 0
 - been there, done that, know how much they enjoyed it..........when I went to CwM, I came in from the southside but they say coming in from the northside can be a lot more fun..........
  • + 1
 Also, nice to see the southeast spotlighted for serious MTB action - we may not be Whistler, but we do have some awesome trails...........
  • + 2
 That blond girl can ride......
  • + 1
 Bike-videos lately.. These youngsters spend more time in the air, than they do riding the trails.
  • + 1
 that's the kind of trips that worth!
  • + 1
 Is that a manual happy girl or what?
  • + 0
 people try so hard in the cool category, usually in areas where the riding is lacking.
  • + 1
 Damn I miss that red dirt of home!
  • + 1
 Alabama looks so fun. Good riding, flow, peeps, n food. What a spot.
  • + 1
 Nice one!
  • + 0
 .....Anyone have the song info?

Awesome video, well done!
  • + 0
 Judah & The Lion – Kickin' da Leaves
  • - 1
 Judah and the Lion
  • - 1
 Got it.....

Judah and the Lion, "Kickin' da leaves"
  • - 1
 JUDAY THE LION KICK LEAFS
  • + 1
 dont drink the water...
  • + 0
 Judah and the Lion!
  • + 0
 Manual err-tang!
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