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2014 Southern Mountain Bike Summit Slated for March 21-23 in Anniston, AL

NEABA SORBA will host the Summit March 20-22nd in Anniston, AL. Advocates, enthusiasts, industry representatives, public officials and public servants will gather in Alabama’s scenic piedmont area to present, learn, network, socialize, and, of course, ride bicycles. The Bridge in downtown Anniston, owned and operated by the First United Methodist Church, will house Summit meetings. On Friday, the focus will be on educating those who manage our public lands about how to effectively create, expand, and manage mountain bicycling opportunities in their parks and forests. A guided walking tour and a ride at Coldwater Mountain trail will be held that afternoon, followed by a reception with light snacks.  Saturday’s program will include workshops and panels geared towards effective advocacy, volunteerism, and trail building. A second guided ride at Coldwater Mountain follows the day’s sessions.  The evening ends with a social at Cheaha Brewing Company in downtown Anniston. On Sunday, a Dealer Appreciation Demo, sponsored by Trek, will be held on the trails. Anyone with an interest in outdoor trail-based recreation is invited to attend the Summit.

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“Coldwater Mountain, now a Bronze Level Ride Center, is SORBA’s most ambitious trail project, and we’re excited to meet and ride here in March. NEABA is an active chapter, and they are looking forward to hosting this event and sharing their knowledge about the Coldwater Mountain project. And Coldwater mountain is such a jewel to ride, everyone will have a great time here. The City of Anniston is warm and welcoming, and they, too, are excited to host the mountain biking community in their city,” says Tom Sauret, IMBA-SORBA’s Executive and Regional Director.

Bobby Phillips, President of the Northeast Alabama Mountain Bike Association (NEABA) adds, “As a result of strong partnerships, Coldwater Mountain is a reality. NEABA, alongside IMBA-SORBA, Alabama’s Forever Wild Land Trust, Alabama State Lands, ADECA, the City of Anniston, and other partners have worked together to begin the creation of a major ride destination for mountain bikers. We are honored to host the Summit, which will promote the very ingredient that brought success to Coldwater--collaboration and partnerships.”