28th Annual

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo

Century, ULTRA, & Time Trial

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Saturday & Sunday

May 16 & 17, 2020

Jacksonville, Alabama



Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo - Accommodations


Our Featured Hotel

Hampton Inn, Jacksonville, AL

Minutes from the Start/Finish!

Register at Hampton Inn now!



Amie Hardie (amie.hardy@hilton.com)

Shelley Moore (Shelley.Moore@hilton.com)


(256) 782-0330


Mention "Cheaha Challenge" when making your reservation.


JSU Dorm Accommodations

Closest to the Start/Finish!




Jacksonville State University opens campus dorms for riders and families, one block from the Start/Finish. Alleviate event-day anxiety. Cost is $40 per person per night. Guests will need to supply their own linens, pillow, towel, toiletries, or arrange for linens for $15 per person, one time charge. Late checkout is available. Major credit cards accepted.   NOTE:  Toilet paper will be supplied this year!!


This year, housing at JSU will be located in Meehan Hall.  Meehan Hall is located on the south end of campus at the back of the JSU football stadium. Meehan features suite-style units with each unit containing four private bedrooms with twin-size beds, two bathrooms, a kitchenette, and common area.














Contact University Housing Operations & Conference Services at JSUCAMPS if you have any questions!

Jacksonville State University Housing

700 Pelham Road

Jacksonville, AL 36265

(256) 782-5871


Morgan Ingram (mlingram@jsu.edu)

Tyrone Smiley (tsmiley@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.


There are plenty of spots for RV parking. JSU asks you to come park, and they will contact you about payment. No pre-reservation necessary.




Tent Camping


The City of Jacksonville is allowing tent camping behind 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 Thursday May 18, 2018 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 includes a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, and free Wi-Fi. Mention “Cheaha Challenge” when making your reservation.


Rate:  King Room:       $112.50

           Double Queen:  $130.50

All rooms include free breakfast buffet.




Jacob Craig

General Manager


(256) 236-0503 (work)

(607) 664-6923 (cell)

(256) 770-7185 (fax)

Located in Anniston, AL - 13 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.

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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!