29th Annual

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo

Century, ULTRA, & Time Trial

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Saturday, Sunday, May 14 &15 2022

Jacksonville, Alabama

2022 Registration is NOW OPEN -  for the Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo & ULTRA, Chief Ladiga Cruise, and Time Trial taking place the

weekend of May 14 & 15, 2022!


2022 Merchandise is available for purchase. Check out the cool kits!


Saturday, May 14, 2022: Eubanks Welcome Center, Piedmont, AL

Time Trial (12 miles) from Piedmont to Pete Mathews Coliseum, Jacksonville, AL


Sunday, May 15, 2022: Pete Mathews Coliseum, Jacksonville, AL

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo & ULTRA (with distances of 24, 44, 62, 84, 100 and 126 miles).

The Chief Ladiga Cruise ride on the paved rails-to-trail (with distances of 12, 25, and 50 miles).



2021 UCI Gran Fondo

2021 UCI Time Trial


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!