Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA
(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)
Sunday, May 21, 2017
25 Years of Challenge
We are in the process of updating our site in preparation for the 2017 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo & ULTRA and the Chief Ladiga Cruise. This coming year's event will be on Sunday May 21, 2017.
Registration Will Be Open Soon!
The 2016 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA ride upholds the tradition of excellence established 24 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.
Each rider receives a stuffed goody bag with all sorts of cycling and fitness-related items. All finishers receive finisher gifts, and those completing the ULTRA receive a unique Finisher Shirt, a bragging rights shirts only confirmed finishers are allowed to wear.
The 2017 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo has been set for May 21, 2017. Mark your calendars and start training now!! Plan to be an ULTRA Finisher!
That smell may have been the finisher shirts of the ULTRA registrants who did not complete (or did not start) the ULTRA! For those cyclists, the ashes of your 2016 finisher shirts are in the mail!
A check from proceeds of the Challenge to the City of Gadsden for maintenance, extension, and upkeep of the Black Creek Trails was presented to the city council. The Challenge donations along with funds from GRC, NEABA and Greater Gadsden Tourism Board, totaled over $8,500.
Joining the Northeast Alabama Bicycling Association is the most effective way to stay up on the latest happenings in the local world of cycling. The NEABA promotes all forms of cycling and proudly present the Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo. We also support and maintain the Coldwater Mountain Bike Trails (CWM). CWM is an IMBA Silver Level Ride Center and is a must visit for all mountain bikers.
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