28th Annual

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo

Century, ULTRA, & Time Trial

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Saturday, Sunday, May 16 &17, 2020

Jacksonville, Alabama

NEW for 2020: The Cheaha Challenge is excited to have been invited to be on the Gran Fondo National Series of rides across the USA. Riders compete to qualify for the GFNS Championship in Asheville, NC


Organizers of the Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo are honored that the 2020 Cheaha Challenge century distance will again be a qualifier for the 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championship, and our Cheaha Challenge Time Trial will again be a qualifier for UCI Time Trial World Championship. The 2020 UCI World Championship will be held in Vancouver, Canada in September 2020.


BACK IN 2020 - Cheaha Climbing Camp!

An enjoyable rolling classroom in a beautiful outdoor setting.  We'll demonstrate and drill climbing and descending dkills and discuss training.  We'll ride the tough steeps along the Scenic Parkway.  On Saturday, we'll put it all together riding to the top of Cheaha and back!  Head to BikeReg to register or visit our Climbing Camp page for more information.


STATUS UPDATE: 2020 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo/ULTRA/Cruise/TT



In 2012, I had qualified to run the New York City Marathon, one of my favorite courses, and I was so excited that my closest running partners were traveling with me to experience the Big Apple in such a unique way. We had trained hard for months to qualify, then continued training even harder to be able to enjoy the 26.2 miles of the course, the largest marathon in the world. But then Hurricane Sandy happened, and right away we knew there would be no NYC Marathon for us that year. Disappointed? Yes, but there was a much bigger picture to consider; they were still pulling bodies out of houses along the course.


While not insignificant to us, our ride is a small blip on the radar of the big scheme of things. We had to look at the big picture. Everyone really should.


Yes, this is bad news, but I have a lot of good news, too.  Please take the time to read all of the information in the PDF link below, as I believe it will answer a lot of your questions.


Thank you for understanding. Thank you for your support.

Keep training, and stay healthy.


Brooke Nelson, Ride Director








Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo

Cancellation Info

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo 2016 from Drew Nelson on Vimeo.

The 2020 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA ride upholds the tradition of excellence established 28 years ago. The 1992 ride organizers' vision, to create a challenging route over the highest point in Alabama - Mount Cheaha - and then back again, continues to fulfill the event's tagline promise to be "the toughest ride in the South."


The rides start and finish on the sweeping campus of Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, where both the University and City have proven to be gracious hosts for the events.


The Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA is a Top Ten Gran Fondo in the US, as ranked by Gran Fondo Guide!