28th Annual

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo

Century, ULTRA, & Time Trial

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Saturday & Sunday

May 15 & 16, 2021

Jacksonville, Alabama

Century/ULTRA Awards for 2021

 

Can you say, "THREE KOM/QOM Segments?"

 

$3,250 In Prize Money!

 

Underwritten by Highland Health Systems

 

Individual Awards & Categories

  • Time Trial - Time Trial participants will compete for the following:
    -  Overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place - men and women - Custom awards presented (Note:  UCI doesn't award overall winner designations).
    -  1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place in each age group - men and women receive UCI medals.  In addition, 1st Place in each age group receives a UCI Jersey.
    See Age Groups Below (Note:  UCI doesn't recognize 18 and younger.)

  • KOM/QOM Competitions - Winners are eligible to receive awards for Overall or Age Group Awards.  A cyclist can win all KOM/QOM competitions:
    -  3 Mile Climb
    -  Lake Chinnabee to the Top
    -  Chimney Peak
    Overall M/F, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place = total of 6 awards per KOM/QOM (Total of 18 awards)

    1st Place:  $100
    2nd Place: $75
    3rd Place: $50

    TOTAL OF $1,350

 

  • Challenge Century Overall – Winners are eligible to win KOM/QOM (3 Mile Climb), and will be eligible for UCI Age Group awards as well.
    Overall M/F, 1st, 2nd, 3rd = total of 6 awards
    Besides check, each OV winner will receive a custom award.

    1st Place:  $150
    2nd Place: $75
    3rd Place:  $50

    TOTAL OF $550

  • Challenge Century Age Group – No cash prizes for age group awards, just awards.  Overall winners of the Century ride are eligible to win Age Group awards and KOM/QOM.   Age group winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd/male and female) will receive a UCI medal.  Also, 1st Place age group winners (male and female) will receive a UCI jersey.  Note: Age is determined by age on December 31 of the year, and Age Group Categories are set by UCI.  Top 20% of each age group will receive a UCI medal. Riders must come to the Awards Tent to claim.

    M/F, 1st, 2nd, 3rd = total of 60 awards, no cash card, just awards

    0-18**        50-54 
    19-34        55-59
    35-39        60-64
    40-44        65-70
    45-49        70+ 

    **Not an UCI age group, so ineligible for UCI World Championship. But will receive CCGF award.


  • ULTRA Overall – Overall winners of the ULTRA are eligible to win all KOM/QOM Competitions – 3 Mile Climb, Lake Chinnabee to the Top, and Chimney Peak. Note: There will be no Age Group Awards for the ULTRA.

    Overall M/F, 1st, 2nd, 3rd = total of 6 awards:

    1st Place:  $200
    2nd Place: $100
    3rd Place:  $75

  • TOTAL OF $750

Team Awards & Categories

  • Quantity – A Team is comprised of all members registering under the team name, no matter which distance they choose to ride (Cruise – ULTRA). The award is based solely on the number of riders on each team. Team with most number of riders wins! Winners receive a check to the cycling initiative non-profit of their choice.

    1st Place:  $300
    2nd Place: $200
    3rd Place:  $100

    TOTAL OF $600

Mark Wiltshire Cheaha Challenge

Spirit of a Champion Award

(Inception 2016)

This award is in honor of Mark Wiltshire, M. D., a local family practice physician who served as president of the Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association and was one of the originators of the Cheaha Challenge Century ride in 1993. Wiltshire was a passionate cyclist, both road and mountain bike, and a staunch supporter of the Chief Ladiga Trail before his death in 1997 after a short battle with cancer.

 

The Spirit of a Champion Award embodies Wiltshire’s attributes, and is a way to recognize a cyclist who inspires us by cycling despite physical limitations or illness.

 

2016 Winner – Bill Rogers

For 2016, the Cheaha Challenge Spirit of a Champion award committee awarded Bill Rogers, Wells Fargo Advisor Regional Director, for his passion for cycling and commitment to supporting the Cheaha Challenge ride so others can enjoy the sport of cycling.

 

2017 Winner - Brian Smith

For 2017, the Cheaha Challenge Spirit of a Champion award committee awarded Brian Smith of Tuscaloosa for his inspiring dedication to the sport despite physical limitations.

 

2018 Winner - Wayne Spooner

For 2018, the Cheaha Challenge Spirit of a Champion award committee awarded Wayne Spooner of Trussville for his dedication to the sport of cycling,      particularly by facilitating training and organized rides in our state. Despite battling cancer, Wayne continues to be an inspiration to all who know him.

 

2019 Winner - Jeff Brooks

For 2019, the Cheaha Challenge Spirit of a Champion award committee chose Jeff Brooks from Anniston for his commitment to the sport of cycling and for his ability to comeback after serious accidents involving a dog, an armadillo, and a pickup truck. Jeff is an inspiration to the local cycling community.

 

2020 - Event was canceled due to pandemic.

 

2020 - Winner Tracy Draper

For 2021, the Cheaha Challenge Spirit of a Champion award committee chose Tracy Draper from Eustis, FL for her passion for cycling and commitment to help others in the sport.  Despite coming back from serious health and emotional issues, Tracy's infectious enthusiasm for life is evidenced by her personal mantra, so simple and profound -- "LIVE IT!"

 

 

 

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