25th Annual

Cheaha Challenge

Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Jacksonville, Alabama

25 Years of Challenge

PRESENTED BY

SPONSORED BY

Century/ULTRA Awards for 2017

 

$5,125 cash cards/checks to be given away!

 

Underwritten by Highland Health Systems

 

Individual Awards & Categories

  • KOM/QOM Competitions - Winners are eligible to receive awards for Overall or Age Group Awards.  A cyclist can win both the 3 Mile Climb and Chimney Peak KOM/QOM.

    -  3 Mile Climb
    -  Chimney Peak
    Overall M/F, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place = total of 6 awards per KOM/QOM (Total of 12 awards)
    1st Place:  $100 (and KOM/QOM jersey)
    2nd Place: $75
    3rd Place: $50

    TOTAL OF $900 CASH CARDS

  • 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 cash cards, each OV winner will receive an award (Maybe a custom made mug, vase, etc.)
    1st Place:  $200
    2nd Place: $100
    3rd Place:  $50

    TOTAL OF $700 CASH CARDS

  • Challenge Century Age Group – 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.

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

    0-18          50-54  (Not an UCI age group, so ineligible for UCI World Championship. But will receive CCGF award.)
    19-34        55-59
    35-39        60-64
    40-44        65-70
    45-49        70+  (According to UCI rules, the 70+ age group must have six or more riders.)

  • ULTRA Overall – Overall winners of the ULTRA are eligible to win both KOM/QOM Competitions – 3 Mile Climb 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: $300
    2nd Place: $200
    3rd Place: $100

    TOTAL OF $1,200 CASH CARDS (6 AWARDS)

Team Awards & Categories

  • Quantity – This competition remains basically the same, with just an increase in the amounts to be given away.  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 non-profit of their choice.
    1st Place: $300
    2nd Place: $200
    3rd Place: $100

    TOTAL OF $600 IN CHECKS

  • Quality – Winners are based on averaged time of the team. There are two options for Quality Teams.

    • Mixed Teams: To encourage more females to do our ride, and to reward those who do, the Quality Mixed Team is required to have a total of 5 riders, two of which must be of an opposite gender (2 females/3 males or 2 males/3 females).  The distance option can be for either the century or the ULTRA or a combination of both, and the times will be averaged. Top three averaged team times/speed will receive awards.

      NOTE: EACH team member receives a cash card.

      1st Place/per all 5 members: $100 each
      2nd Place/per all 5 members: $75 each
      3rd Place/per all 5 members: $50 each

      TOTAL OF $1,125 IN CASH CARDS

    • Any-Mix Team: This team can be comprised of as many cyclists as a team wants, in any combination of male/female riders. The distance option is for the century and ULTRA or a combination of both, and the top five times for each team will be averaged.  Winners receive a check to the cycling non-profit of their choice.

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

      TOTAL OF $600 IN CHECKS


Mark Wiltshire Cheaha Challenge

Spirit of a Chamption 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 will award 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.

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