27th Annual

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo

Century, ULTRA, & Time Trial

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Saturday, Sunday, May 18 &19, 2019

Jacksonville, Alabama


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We are thrilled and honored to confirm that we will once again be a qualifier for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship at our 2019 Cheaha Challenge Century ride on Sunday, May 19, 2019.


Also, we are launching the inaugural Cheaha Challenge Time Trial in conjunction with the weekend events of the Gran Fondo!    The Time Trial IS THE UCI Time Trial World Championship Qualifier.  It will feature a time trial podium ramp that launches you onto a closed 12-mile straight shot course!

The 2019 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA ride upholds the tradition of excellence established 27 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.





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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!