Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA
(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
The Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association (NEABA) is honored to announce we will once again host the ONLY qualifier in the USA for the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championship. The Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century distance (100 miles) will serve as the qualifier for all age groups.
The 2018 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA ride upholds the tradition of excellence established 25 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.
For the first time, we offer ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY until online registration closes on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 12:00 midnight. Walk-up paper registrations will be accepted Friday, May 18 at Wig’s Wheels, and Saturday, May 19 –Sunday, May 20 pre-ride at ride venue, Pete Mathews Coliseum, Jacksonville, AL.
Per UCI rules, you will receive a colored number bib to wear that identifies your respective start. YOU MUST start with your age group or be disqualified from qualifying for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship. See the UCI Specific Rules page for more information.
Make Plans to Join Our Training Rides
Come and Get Your Training!!
We will offer training rides starting in early spring of 2018. These rides on the actual course have proven to be very beneficial to riders, and these are offered to all riders for no charge. Interested? Contact Darin Sims Darin: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA is a Top Ten Gran Fondo in the US, as ranked by Gran Fondo Guide!