26th Annual

Cheaha Challenge

Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Jacksonville, Alabama

25 Years of Challenge



Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo - Accommodations


Our Featured Hotel

Hampton Inn, Jacksonville, AL

Minutes from the Start/Finish!



Amie Hardie

(256) 782-0330



Mention "Cheaha Challenge" when making your reservation.

The Hampton Inn has graciously blocked rooms for our event.  Guest enjoy the special $99 + tax rate.  Also, a hot buffet breakfast, starting at 6 a.m., is included.




JSU Dorm Accommodations

Closest to the Start/Finish!




Jacksonville State University opens a campus dorm for our riders and families, just blocks from the Start/Finish at Meehan Hall by the football stadium. Alleviate event-day anxiety. Cost is $17 per person per night. Guests will need to supply their own linens, pillow, towel, and toiletries, or arrange for linens for $15 per person. Late checkout is available. Major credit cards accepted.


Reservation Deadline For Dorms is Friday May 12, 2017


Register here.


Registration information will be posted soon.


Contact Morgan Ingram, University Housing Operations & Conference Services or Tyrone Smiley if you have any questions!

Jacksonville State University Housing

700 Pelham Road

Jacksonville, AL 36265

(256) 782-5871


tsmiiley@jsu.edu or jsucamps@jsu.edu



RV Camping



Jacksonville State University is allowing RV camping ($25/per RV)


Location: Southwest side of the football stadium off Mountain Street


RV lots includes power, water, and cable.


Contact to reserve: Don Killingsworth

(256) 782-5278

(256) 749-2685



Tent Camping


The City of Jacksonville is allowing tent camping at the Jacksonville Community Center ($5 per tent, checks payable to JPARD).


Location: 501 Alexandria Road SW, Jacksonville, AL


Bathrooms are available 24 hours a day, but showers are not.


Contact to reserve: Janis Burns jburns@jacksonville-al.org or 256-435-8115


NOTE: Reservations must be made by Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m.

Other Area Hotels

Discover The Finial’s beautifully-landscaped acreage in downtown Anniston, a city rich in history and charm. With bike racks and cleaning stations in the rooms, The Finial is the perfect destination for cyclists. Each spacious guest room comes equipped with luxurious bedding, perfect after a long day of riding, and include a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, and free Wi-Fi. Mention “Cheaha Challenge” when making your reservation.


Rate:  King Room - $125.00

           Double Queen - $130.00

All rooms include free breakfast buffet.



(256) 236-0503

April Wilson

Located in Anniston, AL - 13 miles from the Start/Finish




Hilton Garden Inn, Oxford, AL


(256) 831-0083


$102/night + tax

Home2 Suites by Hilton


(256) 831-7008



+ tax

The Hilton Garden Inn and their companion hotel, Home2Suites, are teaming up to offer great accommodations for the ride at great rates.   Home2 suites has agreed to have breakfast ready starting at 5 a.m.  Both of these hotels are in Oxford, AL, 19 miles from the Start/Finish.

Other Hotel Choices

There are plenty of other hotel choices in the Oxford area.  Follow the link to booking.com to see what's available.


The Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA is a Top Ten Gran Fondo in the US, as ranked by Gran Fondo Guide!

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