The McClellan Development Authority (MDA) was selected to host next year’s Alabama Cycling Association (ACA) State Championship Race on May 7-8, 2022 at the McClellan Bike Trails. Phase I of the McClellan trail system was specific designed for ACA races and the first in the state of Alabama. It has been the MDA and the biking community’s hope that the State Championship would land on these trails. After two years of regular season races all the hard work seems to have paid off. The local teams Cheaha, Donoho, Jacksonville and Oxford call this trail home and are excited to have the Championship here is Anniston, AL at McClellan.
“The MDA is excited about hosting the ACA Alabama State Championship at the McClellan Bike Trails,” said Julie Moss the Director of the MDA. “It has been the goal to have a venue and trails that would accommodate all the elements needed to hold the State Championship. With our strong partnership with the City of Anniston, Anniston Park and Recreation Department and Jacksonville State University our goal has humbly been achieved.”
ACA 2022 Race Schedule:
2/26-2/27 TT- Munny Sokol Park, Tuscaloosa, AL
3/12-3/13 Race 1- Noccalula Falls Park, Gadsden, AL
3/26-3/27 Race 2- Tannehill State Historical Park, McCalla, AL
4/9-4/10 Race 3- Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham, AL
4/23-4/24 Race 4- John Hunt Park, Hunstville, AL
5/7-5/8 Championship- McClellan Bike Trails, Anniston, AL
“The Alabama League is tremendously thankful for all the hard work and support from the MDA, NEABA and other partners. We are excited to be coming back to McClellan for our championship event in the spring of 2022”, said Adam Crews the Alabama League Director.
Phase I of the trails are ideal for someone that is new to mountain bike riding with smooth climbs and fast smooth descents while Phase II provides the next level full of fast descents, rugged terrain and climbs to beautiful views. With the construction of Phase III it will provide steeper tread grades, technical trail features with longer sustained climbs and descents. Expected completion of these additional 7 miles is this fall.
MDA is also happy to report the creation of a sponsorship with North East Alabama Bike Association (NEABA). Their members will be volunteering to taking care of the maintenance and clean-up of the McClellan Bike Trails. People will still notify the MDA of any down trees or issues and then NEABA will be given the details to address the situation.