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

Sleep Sweet! Anniston’s Fire Safety Rating Gets Upgrade

While we were all sleeping, the Anniston Fire Department was working diligently to make that sleep even sweeter. Representatives from ISO for Public Protection Classification (PPC™) recently visited the City’s fire department, and after rigorous review, upgraded Anniston’s fire safety rating significantly. The new rating means good news for Anniston as property owners benefit from lower insurance premiums and economic developers eye the area with a new appreciation for fire safety. Continue reading Sleep Sweet! Anniston’s Fire Safety Rating Gets Upgrade

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!

Anniston’s Youth Sports Programs

For many children, it’s a right of passage: the fitting of the uniform, learning the lingo, practicing their high-fives, and enjoying celebratory dinners after the big game with family and friends. Organized sports such as soccer, baseball, basketball and football can improve a child’s self-esteem, teach them about teamwork and help them develop self-discipline and social skills. The City of Anniston Parks & Recreation Department offers year ’round organized sports programs for children ages two to teen. Continue reading Anniston’s Youth Sports Programs