28th Annual

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo

Century, ULTRA, & Time Trial

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Saturday & Sunday

May 16 & 17, 2020

Jacksonville, Alabama


March 13th and 14th, 2020


INSTRUCTOR:  BETH LEASURE-HUDSON (beth@bethleasure.com)

An enjoyable rolling classroom in a beautiful outdoor setting.  We'll demonstrate and drill climbing and descending dkills and discuss training.  We'll ride the tough steeps along the Scenic Parkway.  On Saturday, we'll put it all together riding to the top of Cheaha and back!

DATE:           Friday, March 13th, 3PM - 6PM   (3 hours)

DATE:           Saturday, March 14th, 9AM - NOON (3 hours)

COST:           $79 per rider for both sessions; $49 for each day

BRING:         Snacks, liquids, weather-ready gear, your bike, and be ready for FUN learning!

LOCATION:   Scenic Overlook at Start of Scenic Parkway - GOOGLE MAP LINK





Intro to Coaches & Riders

Standing Versus Seated Climbing

Warm-up Drill Out of Saddle Cllimbing - 3 Ways

Uphill Shifting, Momentum, Accelerating, Pacing

Power Hill Drills and How to Get Faster on Steeps

Horseblock, Not Again, Oh Shift Will Be Your Classroom!





Warm-Up Drill:  Cornering, Downhill Arcs

Braking & Weight Distribution for Faster Descending

Winds on Descents

Long Climbs:  Grinding & Spinning

Training for Long Climbs

Break Into Groups and Climb Cheaha

Return at Your Own Pace / Ride With a Coach




Beth Leasure-Hudson is a former bike racer turned coach and pro cycling performance expert. Through her experience and interests, she considers herself a compassionate, science-based teacher offering a comprehensive program in competitive cycling success. Beth also acts as a consultant in various community or sponsor-based projects to broaden cycling awareness, represent brand or marketing interests, and steward resources for cycling causes. Beth is married to recreational cyclist and keen hill descender, Mike Hudson whom she met at a crossroads on a training ride. Their intersected lives are dedicated to serving others.





Beth's distinctions include:


M.S. Exercise Physiology

B.S. International Studies, European Studies, Institut Européen de Bruxelles

USA Cycling Level 1 Coach *Distinguished

USA Cycling Power-Based Training Certified

SafeSport Certified


Research related to the indices of aerobic endurance; physiological characteristics of Grand

Tour riders; psychological characteristics of successful Olympians; coaching effectiveness;

biomechanical considerations of bicycle climbing.



Some of Beth's past accomplishments include:


Cat 1 rider in the U.S.

International Dames rider in The Netherlands for Team Van Schilt Zuidwesthoek

Provincial Category in France, including men's races for Vélo Sprint Romanais Péageois

La Drome Provincial Champion, France

U.S. Masters National Criterium Champion

Mid-Atlantic Regional Criterium Champion

Colorado State Road, TT, Cyclo-Cross Champion. Best All Around Rider masters women.

Colorado State Mountain Bike Bronze

Founder of Team Spirit, non-profit for pro cycling development

Directeur Sportif, Kelly Benefits Elite Men's Team

Directeur Sportif, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University Cycling Teams

Guest Director for Calyon Litespeed, Canadian men's pro team

Guest Director for Team Caico, Colombian-Puerto Rican combined men's pro team

Team Coach for Breast Cancer Awareness Ride Event

Personal Coach for Ride for the Cure Diabetes Event


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