26th Annual

Cheaha Challenge

Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Jacksonville, Alabama

PRESENTED BY

SPONSORED BY

Cheaha Challenge E-NEWS

3/6/2018

 

The training rides will move forward in the absence of dangerous weather conditions, such as lightning and tornadoes. Otherwise, rain/wind/cold will not result in ride cancellation. If you plan to show for a training ride and aren't certain, e-mail me at dsims@pinnacletrials.com.  The forecast for this Saturday's ride has gotten better the closer we get, with a 20% chance now, so it doesn't look too bad. As now, consider this ride a "go". If you are waiting for perfect weather to train this spring you may never get ready for The Challenge/Ultra. We are early in the golden window of preparation, but we are certainly in the key weeks that you can't let pass, so don't let weather stop you.

This Saturday at 8:00 am at Golden Springs Baptist Church. 3 Robertson Road, Anniston, AL 36207. Between 30 and 90 miles and all the climbing you want.

 

LOCALS - COME OUT AND HELP SHOW THE WAY!!

 

 

 

 

 

3/1/2018

 

THINKING YOU MAY QUALIFY for UCI WORLDS? Here are some things to think about NOW!

 

Travel Plans - Go ahead and make your travel arrangements.

 

Erwin Vervecken, UCI Representative: “The Varese organizers have a full platform of hotels available which will also be communicated in the invitation mail.  In the same mail, we also announce our cooperation with the official travel partner one-more-ride which offers full packages with transport, massage, technical service, feed zone support…” :

https://www.one-more-ride.com/granfondo-varese-world-champ-uci

 

HC BIKE TOURS

Enrico Galbiati, HC Bike Tour: (Note: Enrico is a former and current participant of the Challenge! He knows your needs and has ridden the century ride before.) Enrico says he is personally available to give informations for those qualifiers choosing to stay in the Como area:  enrigalb@tin.it

 

 SPECIAL OFFER: At the following link you can find the details of the special cycling trip offer, as HC Bike Tours has planned on our initiative. This page is available for everyone, but just Cheaha Challenge participants will get a 10% discount.

http://www.hcbiketours.com/european-bike-tours/cycling-in-italy/UCI-Gran-Fondo-World-Championships-2018-Varese-bike-tour

 ON YOUR OWN: For those planning to travel on their own, not in a travel package, HC Bike Tours can arrange pickups from Milano Malpensa MPX airport and shuttles to the Varese event, as well as other services. Moreover, top Sarto road carbon bikes, 100% made in Italy equipped with Campagnolo components, are available to be rented at Sartoria Ciclistica bike cafè, in the center of Como town.

 

 Bikes have to be booked in advance, the sooner the better.

 You can see all the services HC bike tour can provide even if not linked to a package at the following link:

http://www.hcbiketours.com/bike-rental-como-lake-italy-alps

 

Sartoria Ciclistica bike cafè, run by its owner Alex in the very center of Como town, is available to host guests. Sartoria Ciclistica is also the rental pont for HC Bike Tours offering the same top road bikes, and provides information for those traveling alone, company for rides, excellent snacks, as well as local beer and excellent Moscow Mule drinks:  https://sartoriaciclistica.cc/

 

 BIKE TOURS: In addition, HC Bike Tours would be glad to arrange a custom and private bike tour in Como area, or everywhere in Italy or Europe for NEABA members. There is still an option to arrange a tour in 2018, or a tour can be planned for 2019. This is the core business of HC Bike Tours: working to create coustom tours for groups.

 

To book directly, contact:

Aigars Paegle

HC Bike Tours

 US +1 650 319 8824

 International +371 26306180

Via Pretorio 7 - 22100 Como, Italy

info@hcbiketours.com

 

 

 

 REGISTRATION FEES INCREASE ON March 16!

 The Cheaha Challenge/ULTRA/Cruise is to be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in Jacksonville, AL.

 To register and order merchandise, tickets, etc.,

 go to www.cheahachallenge.com

 

 We offer ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY until online registration closes on Thursday, May 17 at 12 midnight. Walk-up paper registrations will be accepted Friday, May 18 at Wig's Wheels (with packet pickup) and Saturday & Sunday, May 19-20 at Pete Mathews Coliseum (with packet pickup).

 

Cheaha Challenge/ULTRA

 Oct. 1 - Nov. 1: $50

 Nov. 2 - Dec. 15: $60

 Dec. 16 - Jan. 15: $65

 Jan. 16 -Mar. 15: $70

 Mar. 16 - Apr. 15: $75

 Apr. 16 - May 17: $80

 May 18, 19, 20: $90

 

Chief Ladiga Cruise

 Oct. 1- Dec. 15: $15

 Dec. 16 - Mar. 15: $20

 Mar. 16 - May 17: $25

 May 18, 19, 20: $30

 

The Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association (NEABA) is honored to once again host the ONLY qualifier in the USA for the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championship. The Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century distance (100 miles) will serve as the qualifier for all age groups.

 

We are thrilled the UCI has chosen our ride and look forward to again inviting cyclists from all over the world to visit our little corner of the world on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTED RIDES

 Cycling is a great sport, and we are fortunate to have a large number of quality rides in our area. Of course, we love to promote all the rides on the Alabama Backroads Century Series, and first up on the ABCS Calendar is the Restoration Ride in Childersburg on March 17.  (Details about these rides are on the ABCS link.)

 

 Check the rides on the list below, and go ahead and sign up for a bunch of them!

 

UPCOMING RIDES and ALABAMA BACKROADS CENTURY SERIES

 March 17, 2018: Restoration Ride, Childersburg (ABCS)

 April 7, 2018: Cyclepaths Challenge, Monroeville (ABCS)

 April 14, 2018: Iron Mountain Challenge, Anniston

 April 28, 2018: Bo Bikes Bama, Auburn

 April 28, 2018: Ride of Love

 May 5, 2018: Spring Krusher, Elkmont (ABCS)

 May 5, 2018: Hincapie Gran Fondo Chattanooga

 

May 20, 2018: CHEAHA CHALLENGE & ULTRA and Chief Ladiga Cruise (ABCS)

 

 June 2, 2018: TriStates100, Dothan (ABCS)

 June 9, 2018: Highway 2 Hale, Moundville (ABCS)

 July 21, 2018: WC Handy 100, Florence (ABCS)

 August 25, 2018: North Jefferson Century, Gardendale (ABCS)

August 30-Sept. 9: UCI World Championships, Varese, Italy

 September 15, 2018: All You Can Eat, Huntsville (ABCS)

 September 29, 2018: BBC100, Ashville (ABCS)

 October 13, 2018: Glassner Autumn Challenge, Montgomery (ABCS)

 October 27, 2018: Children's Home Challenge, Talladega (ABCS)

 November 10, 2018: Gears & Beers Bayou 100, Mobile (ABCS)

 

 

 

2/21/2018

TRAINING RIDES

 

When: March 10th, March 31st, April 21st, and May 5th

 

Time: 8:00 am

 

Where: Golden Springs Baptist Church, 3 Robertson Road, Anniston, AL 36207

 

Details: Multiple groups will form over multiple routes. All routes longer than the 30 mile loop are out-and-back and are easily modified in case you want to add miles, decrease miles, or join a group.

 

Why do it?

 

A. You love riding a bike

B. You love to suffer

C. Get ready for the Cheaha Challenge/Ultra on May 20th

D. You want to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Series

E. You want to ride with people who competed in Albi, France last year and can answer questions about their experience

F. You plan to ride the Ultra and don't want Brooke to burn your T-Shirt

 

Routes:

 

Short: A 30 mile loop (this one is not out-and-back but could be done so with an increase to 40 miles). This route goes about halfway up the Scenic Parkway and covers the climbs of Heflin Mountain (Hwy 78 to the second overlook/1.5 miles), and Horseblock Mountain (0.6 miles at 7%).

 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20215810

 

Medium: From the church to the top and back. 65 miles, 6,500 feet. This route can be modified to add Adam's Gap (85 mile route), or shortened by returning on the 30 mile loop return (55 miles total).

 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20215705

 

Long: There are several options for 85+ miles.

 

A simple out and back from the church to Adam's Gap and back is about 85 miles and perhaps 8,500' elevation. This route can abbreviated by taking the 30 mile loop return (75 miles total).

 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20215592

 

There is also a harder 85 mile option that starts with two quick, tough climbs (Anniston Bypass + Bain's Gap) and proceeds to the top of Mt. Cheaha and returns the same route, with Bain's/Bypass again at the end. This route is perhaps 9,000' elevation or so.

 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20405550

 

The long route will mirror the above, harder 85 mile option, but will continue past the top of Cheaha Mountain on to Adam's Gap. The route will be approximately 100 miles and about 11,000' elevation.

 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20052101

 

We hope to see you on March 10th for the first official training ride (Insider Tip: there's a group riding it every Saturday, so hit me up and coordinate an extra trip if you are up for it).

 

Bring food, flat repair items, hydration, cash for store. This ride offers moral support, but not food and water.

There will likely be a ride on Sunday, too. It will start early - maybe 6 or 7 am and will either run one of the same routes, take another spectacular route through NE Alabama, or will be a Gravel Grinder ride. Look for these e-mails for updates.

 

Questions? Send them to dsims@pinnacletrials.com

 

 

Our mailing address is:

Northeast Alabama Bicycling Association

P.O. Box 2414

Anniston, Al 36207

 

Add us to your address book

 

 

2/20/2018

 

THREE MONTHS! You have three months to train.

You have THREE months until the gun sounds for the start of the

26th Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA (and Chief Ladiga Cruise ride).

Come and get your training!

Training dates: March 10, 31, April 21 and May 5

For more info, contact Darin Sims: dsims@pinnacletrials.com

 

 

 

REGISTRATION FEES INCREASE ON March 16!

The Cheaha Challenge/ULTRA/Cruise is to be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in Jacksonville, AL.

To register and order merchandise, tickets, etc.,

go to www.cheahachallenge.com

 

We offer ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY until online registration closes on Thursday, May 17 at 12 midnight. Walk-up paper registrations will be accepted Friday, May 18 at Wig's Wheels (with packet pickup) and Saturday & Sunday, May 19-20 at Pete Mathews Coliseum (with packet pickup).

 

Cheaha Challenge/ULTRA

Oct. 1 - Nov. 1: $50

Nov. 2 - Dec. 15: $60

Dec. 16 - Jan. 15: $65

Jan. 16 -Mar. 15: $70

Mar. 16 - Apr. 15: $75

Apr. 16 - May 17: $80

May 18, 19, 20: $90

 

Chief Ladiga Cruise

Oct. 1- Dec. 15: $15

Dec. 16 - Mar. 15: $20

Mar. 16 - May 17: $25

May 18, 19, 20: $30

 

 

 

 

The Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association (NEABA) is honored to once again host the ONLY qualifier in the USA for the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championship. The Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century distance (100 miles) will serve as the qualifier for all age groups.

We are thrilled the UCI has chosen our ride and look forward to again inviting cyclists from all over the world to visit our little corner of the world on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

 

 

2/1/2018

 

DO YOU HAVE YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS?

Our registration numbers are even higher than last year, and as our repeat riders know, there are not a lot of options to stay right in Jacksonville. The Hampton Inn is one of our host hotels, and of course, Jacksonville State University is once again offering the option to stay in one of their dorms right on campus, a heartbeat away from the start/finish.

 

 The Finial in Anniston is also a host hotel, and a multitude of hotels are available in Oxford.

 We also have tent camping and RV spaces.

 Check out your options: http://www.cheahachallenge.com/accommodations.html

 

 DEADLINE FOR MERCHANDISE PRE-ORDERS -

 DON'T MISS GETTING YOUR EVENT JERSEY/BIBS/SOCKS!

Get the jerseys/bibs/socks you want! Deadline to pre-order: Feb. 14, 2018 (All -pre-orders will be available at the event.)

 

Order ahead or risk not having your size/style available at the event. We will have a few extras in all sizes/styles, but they go fast.

Click here to order merchandise:

https://register.usacycling.org/#!/events/cheaha-challenge-gran-fondo-merchandise/store

 

REGISTRATION FEES INCREASE ON March 16!

 The Cheaha Challenge/ULTRA/Cruise is to be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in Jacksonville, AL.

 To register and order merchandise, tickets, etc.,

 go to www.cheahachallenge.com

 

 We offer ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY until online registration closes on Thursday, May 17 at 12 midnight. Walk-up paper registrations will be accepted Friday, May 18 at Wig's Wheels (with packet pickup) and Saturday & Sunday, May 19-20 at Pete Mathews Coliseum (with packet pickup).

 

Cheaha Challenge/ULTRA

 Oct. 1 - Nov. 1: $50

 Nov. 2 - Dec. 15: $60

 Dec. 16 - Jan. 15: $65

 Jan. 16 -Mar. 15: $70

 Mar. 16 - Apr. 15: $75

 Apr. 16 - May 17: $80

 May 18, 19, 20: $90

 

Chief Ladiga Cruise

 Oct. 1- Dec. 15: $15

 Dec. 16 - Mar. 15: $20

 Mar. 16 - May 17: $25

 May 18, 19, 20: $30

 

 

 

 

YOU CAN'T MAKE A GOAL IF YOU DON'T SET A GOAL!

We want to be your goal ride/race.

Set a goal to ride the 25th Annual Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo or ULTRA (Or Chief Ladiga Cruise) on Sunday, May 20, 2018 starting in Jacksonville, AL.

 

Set a goal to qualify for the UCI World Championship in Italy (August 2018) by riding our century distance, or set a goal to finish the epic ULTRA ride, 124 miles with almost 13,000 feet of climbing.

OR just choose any distance as your goal - 24, 44, 62, 84, 100 or 124 miles.

 

We want to be your resolution for 2018!

 

REGISTRATION FEES INCREASE ON JAN. 16!

The Cheaha Challenge/ULTRA/Cruise is to be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in Jacksonville, AL.

To register and order merchandise, tickets, etc.,

go to www.cheahachallenge.com

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY until online registration closes on Thursday, May 17 at 12 midnight. Walk-up paper registrations will be accepted Friday, May 18 at Wig's Wheels (with packet pickup) and Saturday & Sunday, May 19-20 at Pete Mathews Coliseum (with packet pickup).

 

Cheaha Challenge/ULTRA

Oct. 1 - Nov. 1: $50

Nov. 2 - Dec. 15: $60

Dec. 16 - Jan. 15: $65

Jan. 16 -Mar. 15: $70

Mar. 16 - Apr. 15: $75

Apr. 16 - May 17: $80

May 18, 19, 20: $90

 

Chief Ladiga Cruise

Oct. 1- Dec. 15: $15

Dec. 16 - Mar. 15: $20

Mar. 16 - May 17: $25

May 18, 19, 20: $30

 

 

 

 

Cheaha Challenge Chosen Again!!!

 

 

 

The Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association (NEABA) is honored to announce we will once again host the ONLY qualifier in the USA for the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championship. The Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century distance (100 miles) will serve as the qualifier for all age groups.

 

We are thrilled the UCI has chosen our ride and look forward to again inviting cyclists from all over the world to visit our little corner of the world on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

 

OCTOBER 10, 2017

 

Registration is now open for the 26th Annual Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo & ULTRA!

(And the 4th Annual Chief Ladiga Cruise family ride.) to be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in Jacksonville, AL.

To register and order merchandise, tickets, etc., click the logo:

 

 

For the first time, we are offering ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY until online registration closes on Thursday, May 17 at 12 midnight. Walk-up paper registrations will be accepted Friday, May 18 at Wig's Wheels (with packet pickup) and Saturday & Sunday, May 19-20 at Pete Mathews Coliseum (with packet pickup).

 

EARLY BIRD PRICING THROUGH Nov. 1

Cheaha Challenge/ULTRA

Now - Nov. 1: $50

Nov. 2 - Dec. 15: $60

Dec. 16 - Jan. 15: $65

Jan. 16 -Mar. 15: $70

Mar. 16 - Apr. 15: $75

Apr. 16 - May 17: $80

May 18, 19, 20: $90

 

Chief Ladiga Cruise

Now - Dec. 15: $15

Dec. 16 - Mar. 15: $20

Mar. 16 - May 17: $25

May 18, 19, 20: $30

 

 

 WE LISTEN! Thanks to everyone who filled out a post-event survey. You said you wanted a sleeveless jersey option - you got it! You said you wanted socks - you got them! You said you wanted bibs AND shorts - you got both!

 

New for 2018

For the first time, we will be charging $10/per person (cyclists and non-cyclists) for the pre-ride buffet dinner (includes two pastas, vegetarian option, salad, bread, desserts, etc.) held at Pete Mathews Coliseum on Saturday evening, May 19, 2018. Breakfast and post-ride buffet are still free to cyclists!

 

The Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association (NEABA) is honored to announce we will once again host the ONLY qualifier in the USA for the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championship. The Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century distance (100 miles) will serve as the qualifier for all age groups.

We are thrilled the UCI has chosen our ride and look forward to again inviting cyclists from all over the world to visit our little corner of the world on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

 

HIGHLIGHTED RIDES

Cycling is a great sport, and we are fortunate to have a large number of quality rides in our area. Of course, we love to promote all the rides on the Alabama Backroads Century Series, and our next ABCS ride is - Glassner Autumn Challenge, Pintlala, AL.  (Details about these rides are on the ABCS link above.)

 

Check the rides in the list below, and go ahead and sign up for a bunch of them!

 

UPCOMING RIDES and ALABAMA BACKROADS CENTURY SERIES

 

Oct. 14, 2017: Glassner Autumn Challenge, Montgomery, AL (ABCS)

Oct. 20-22, 2017: Coldwater Mountain FatTireFest, Anniston, AL

Oct. 21, 2017: Fenner Ride, Pensacola, FL (ABCS)

Oct. 28, 2017: Children's Home Challenge, Talladega, AL

Nov. 11, 2017: Gears & Beers, Mobile, AL (ABCS)

May 20, 2018: CHEAHA CHALLENGE & ULTRA and Chief Ladiga Cruise

 

 

 

 

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