28th Annual

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo

Century, ULTRA, & Time Trial

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Saturday, Sunday, May 15 &16 2021

Jacksonville, Alabama

NEW for 2021: 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 2021 Cheaha Challenge century distance will again be a qualifier for the 2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Championship, and our Cheaha Challenge Time Trial will again be a qualifier for UCI Time Trial World Championship. The 2021 UCI World Championship will be held in Bosnia, Herzegovina in September 2021.


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!