HOT BLAST: Going faster on Coldwater
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Rich Edwards of Harisonburg, Va., gets ready to ride the Coldwater bike trail.  Photo by Bill Wilson.
Rich Edwards of Harisonburg, Va., gets ready to ride the Coldwater bike trail. Photo by Bill Wilson.
Let's take a deeper dive into Coldwater Mountain's recent good news. The International Mountain Biking Association singled out Coldwater for a pair of designations - for overall experience and quality of its flow trails. (Earlier stories here and here.)

Here's IMBA's list of Ride Centers:

Gold Level

  • Park City, Utah

Silver Level

  • Bike Taupo, Taupo, New Zealand
  • Livigno, Italy
  • Oakridge Area, Ore.
  • Sun Valley, Id.
  • Copper Harbor, Mich.

Bronze Level

  • Central Savannah River Area/FATS
  • Coldwater Mountain, Anniston, Alabama*
  • Cuyuna Lakes, Minnesota
  • Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Helena, Montana*
  • Mt. Buller, Victoria, Australia
  • Rychlebské Stezky, Černá Voda, Czech Republic*
  • Santos, Florida
  • Singltrek pod Smrkem, Czech Republic/Poland
  • Steamboat Springs, Colorado*

* -- New areas designated this month.

In less four years, Coldwater's trail have earned international acclaim, listed among the top 16 trails in the world. It's no accident Star reporter Laura Gaddy happened upon a busload of Florida cyclists during a visit to the trailhead last week. Regular visitors to Coldwater can attest that this sort of thing is happening with greater frequency. Cyclists from the region and beyond are making their way to Coldwater to see what all the fuss is about.

For the uninitiated, here are a couple of videos that offer a glimpse of the experience of riding Coldwater.

Coldwater Mountain, Alabama | 2013 from IMBA on Vimeo.

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