If there is one thing I’m none too fond of, it’s rollercoasters. Yeah, strap me in a little metal box, constraining me with a “safety” bar and then flip me upside down on a loopty-loop going 900 mph? No thanks.
This, of course begs the question to my sanity to go barreling down a trail with nothing more than a mere plastic bucket protecting my thinking parts and a pair of lycra chamois. But hey, it’s mountain biking and I love it. Roller coasters? I hate them. Heights? I hate them too, unless I’m climbing up the side of a mountain. Other than that, not a fan of the thrill rides. At all. Nada. Scare the hell outta me.
Have I driven the point home?
I’ll make one exception though, Coldwater Mountain trail system in Anniston, Alabama is like a roller coaster for a mountain bike. I went a few months back and probably had some of the most fun I’ve on a mountain bike in a while. It’s got climbing, it’s got some technical and it’s got probably some amazing downhill. Okay, more than amazing – unbelievably fun downhill!
I did three loops in a row of Coldwater, they were fun but tiresome. The loop consists of a fairly long climb up to the ridge with a lovely kneecap-popping oomph at the top there at the end before it flattens out (I saw many bikers taking a rest there as it really wears you out
, unless you’re like me – a god of climbing). Next comes a tiny bit of a technical rock garden. At most, it’s beginner to intermediate technical – if that.
Then the fun begins.
As you start your descent your finding yourself hitting swooping banked curves, little bumps to launch your bike into the air with (I don’t do that so I hit them rather slowly) and you are doing nothing but easing on the brakes to control your speed. It’s an estimated three miles of screaming downhill fun that will certainly take care of the thrill seeker in you and it’s much cheaper than a day at Six Flags. Well, unless you have invested a lot of money into your bike, then it’s not cheaper.
Sadly, when you end up at the bottom you have around 18 switchbacks to climb out of it to get back to the trailhead. Ouch…they hurt.
I generally don’t want to rave about something unless it’s good, it’s just that Coldwater Mountain is that good. The perfect mix of climbing and downhill is great training for anyone who wants to work on keeping a steady cadence while climbing or work on bombing a downhill. I wish I live closer to it as I’d be there every chance I could!
Coldwater Mountain is up for a grant to the tune of 30k in Benjamins! Just think, 30 grand to add even more epic trails out there for you to go out and get your shred on (do people even say that anymore? “Get your ___ on?” Oh well, I say it dammit. And that makes it cool. Kinda like when someone finds a broken toilet and claims it as “found art” and makes millions off of it”
All you need to do is vote on Facebook (and I know you’ve got a Facebook account,
unless you’re that guy who no one likes ). You can vote by clicking here.
The illustration you see today is not to scale of what Coldwater Mountain looks like. In fact, it’s way outside of my illustration work as it’s my first stab at some 3d animation (not my usual schtick). It was pretty hard to learn but I manage to wrangle some of it to produce a pretty sweet mountain with how the trail feels. And it feels awesome!