Alabama Cycling Classic: A Primer

The Basics: The Alabama Cycling Classic combines the Sunny King Criterium, now in its 15th year, and the McClellan Road Race with the Noble Street Festival in downtown Anniston. It has been named a Top 10 Event in Alabama for tourism. In 2016, more than 500 cyclists competed in cycling events over the weekend, competing for $40,000 in prize money (for USA Cycling-registered riders), and medals/prizes for amateurs. This is the only pro cycling event in Alabama that is part of the prestigious USA Cycling Professional Road Tour.

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Nightmare on Two Wheels

As Alabama’s status grows in cycling circles, we’re bound to see more cyclists traveling the local country and mountain roads. This is a good thing. Cycling is one of the “clean” tourism economies generating critical tax revenue and generating local jobs growth. We want cyclists and their families to visit us, and we want them to tell others how great cycling is in Alabama. As local residents, we can participate in creating a bike-friendly destination that will attract additional cycling tourists. A simple way to accomplish this is to be a responsible pet owner. Continue reading Nightmare on Two Wheels

And You Thought There Wasn’t Much To Do Around Here!

The City of Anniston will be the scene of several community events in 2017. Check out the following, then mark your calendars (details are subject to change so check with the event closer to the date before making plans to attend): Continue reading And You Thought There Wasn’t Much To Do Around Here!

Bikes On Board!

Grant-funded Project Will Make Loading/Unloading Bikes at Anniston’s Amtrak Station Possible

Originally published DECEMBER 18, 2016

Anniston is one of only three cities in Alabama with rail service via Amtrak—an economic edge that cannot be overstated. Anniston is also a cycling mecca with professional road races such as the Alabama Cycling Classic and the Cheaha Challenge drawing international professional, junior and amateur cycling teams. Continue reading Bikes On Board!

City Gears Up for Cycling Criterium, Festival

Anniston, Alabama

The Alabama Cycling Classic is only a few weeks away, and across the city, volunteers, businesses, organizations, and others are tidying up and preparing to welcome cycling teams and their families from around the nation and the world. The annual event, held on the weekend of April 8 and 9, includes two professional road race events, the Sunny King Criterium on Saturday and the McClellan Road Race on Sunday. The Noble Street Festival, presented by the city of Anniston, is held on Saturday, April 8, in conjunction with the Sunny King Criterium. Continue reading City Gears Up for Cycling Criterium, Festival