26th Annual

Cheaha Challenge

Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Jacksonville, Alabama

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SPONSORED BY

2018 FAQ

GENERAL FAQ:

 

  1. What are the rules to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship, Aug. 30 - Sept. 2 in Varese, Italy?

  2. What accommodations are available in the Jacksonville, AL area?

  3. What is included in the registration fee?

  4. What is the weekend event schedule?

  5. Where is packet pickup and registration?

  6. We want to create a Team? What are the rules?

  7. There is $3,400 in cash prizes and other Awards this year? Where do I find that info?

  8. May I buy a t-shirt?

  9. May I buy a jersey?

10. May I exchange my jersey/shirt for a different size?

11. You ran out of my size shirt. Can you order another one for me?

12. May I pick up someone else’s packet/jersey?

13. Where can I get a map? A cue sheet?

14. Do I have to wear my bib number? Do I have to put the chip number on my bike?

15. Can I switch my distance before the ride?

16. What if I don’t end up actually riding the distance I signed up for? What do I do?

17. What is Chip Timing?

 

 

PETE MATHEWS COLISEUM, JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY/RIDE DETAILS FAQ:

 

  1. Where is registration? Where is packet pickup? Where is the NEABA booth?

  2. Where are the bathrooms? Porto-potties? Showers?

  3. Where is the pre-ride party this year?

  4. Where is the START? FINISH?

  5. What time is the start of the Challenge/ULTRA?

  6. What time is the start of the Cruise?

  7. Do riders have to line up a certain way?

  8. What time/where is breakfast?

  9. What time/where is post-ride lunch/dinner?

10. Can non-riders eat lunch/dinner on Sunday?

11. Can Volunteers eat the buffet on Sunday?

12. Where/when is the pre-ride devotional service?

13. Are there any cutoffs?

14. Where do I pick up my Alabama Backroads Century Series medal (and other finisher gifts/awards)?

 

 

GENERAL:

 

1. What are the rules to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship in August in France?

We are proud that our century ride is the only qualifier in the USA!

Details are on our UCI Page.

 

2. What accommodations are available in the Jacksonville, AL area?

Details are on our Accommodations Page.

 

3. What is included in the registration fee?

Details are on our Registration Page.

 

4. What is the weekend event schedule?

Details are on our Event Schedule Page.

 

5. Where is packet pickup and registration?

Details are on our Event Schedule Page.

 

6. We want to create a Team? What are the rules?

Details are on our Ride Rules Page.

 

7. There is $3,400 in cash prizes and other Awards this year? Where do I find that info?

Details are on our Awards Page.

 

8. May I buy a t-shirt?

Maybe. Please go to the NEABA booth after the ride starts. Any of this year’s leftover shirts will be for sale for $10. We also have previous years’ shirts/jerseys for sale, too.

 

9. May I buy a jersey?

We have a limited quantity of this year’s jerseys for sale for $90, and previous year’s jerseys for lower prices, for sale at the NEABA booth.

 

10. May I exchange my jersey/shirt for a different size?

Yes, as long as we have inventory.

 

11. You ran out of my size shirt. Can you order another one for me?

If we can’t substitute a size that is agreeable with you, we will order a shirt for you, but there will be a $5 mailing charge. Please fill out the appropriate form at the NEABA booth.

 

12. May I pick up someone else’s packet/jersey?

Yes, we will need you to sign your name and bib number as having picked up their items.

 

13. Where can I get a map? A cue sheet?

There are Challenge/ULTRA/Cruise maps and cue sheets in every packet, and there are extras at the registration tables. Also you can print and download.

 

14. Do I have to wear my bib number? Do I have to put the chip number on my bike?

Yes. You will be disqualified if you do not. Please make sure your bib number and bike number match and are visible at all times.

 

15. Can I switch my distance before the ride?

Yes, for every distance EXCEPT the ULTRA. Once you register for the ULTRA, you will not be allowed to switch to another distance category before the start on May 20, 2018; however, if you decide halfway through riding the ULTRA you would prefer to do the century ride (or less), you can switch your category after you finish by going to the Timing Trailer. This will change your distance for the official results.

 

16. What if I don’t end up actually riding the distance I signed up for? What do I do?

Please let the timing people at the finish line know, so they can switch your distance.

 

17. What is Chip Timing?

Every rider of the Challenge/ULTRA will receive a number bib to wear and a bike number for your bike to be visible at all times on the course. The bike number has a chip on the back that keeps up with time from the start to points along the course and back to the finish. We have 11 timing points on the course. There are two timed sections that win awards (KOM/QOM) –

        1.  3 Mile Climb on the 84-mile, 100-mile and ULTRA course on the approach to the Top of Alabama.

        2. Chimney Peak on the ULTRA course.

The CRUISE ride has a number bib, but there is no timing chip on those.

 

 

RIDE DETAILS:

 

1. Where is registration? Where is packet pickup? Where is the NEABA booth?

Inside Pete Mathews Coliseum, in the lobby, and the NEABA booth will relocate to the main tent after the ride starts.

 

2. Where are the bathrooms? Porto-potties? Showers?

Bathrooms – Women's on the left of the gym. Men's on the right. Portopotties are located outside near the start/finish chute. Bathrooms and showers are located inside Pete Mathews Coliseum, on the east side by the swimming pool.

 

3. Where is the pre-ride party this year?

The pre-ride party is held at the main tent at Pete Mathews Coliseum on Saturday, May 19 from 5 – 8 p.m. Buffet is catered by Effina’s of Jacksonville/Anniston. There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options. Cost for riders and non-riders is $10/each.

 

4. Where is the START? FINISH?

The Start/Finish is located at the main entrance (northside) of Pete Mathews Coliseum. There are huge towers and banner marking the Start/Finish.

 

5. What time is the start of the Challenge/ULTRA?

7:30 a.m.

 

6. What time is the start of the Cruise?

8 a.m.

 

7. Do riders have to line up a certain way?

Yes. Here is how our waves will work this year:

 

7:30 a.m.              0-44  Century Racers

7:33 a.m.              45-49 and 50-54 Century Racers

7:36 a.m.              55-59 , 60-64, 65-69 and 70+ Century Racers

7:39 a.m.              ULTRA

7:42 a.m.              Non-Racer Century, 84, 62, 44, 24 milers

8:00 a.m.              Cruise Family Ride

 

8. What time/where is breakfast?

Breakfast is from 5:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. under the main tent, the great big white one, on the northside of Pete Mathews Coliseum. Included in your event fee.  Free for all!

 

9. What time/where is the post-ride party?

Lunch/Dinner is served buffet-style from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., catered by Cooter’s Rib Shack. Cost is free for riders, $10/each for non-riders. Vendors can purchase meal tickets when they register. Volunteers eat free at the Volunteer Tent on Sunday.

 

10. Can non-riders eat lunch/dinner?

Yes, for a $10 fee.

 

11. Can Volunteers eat the buffet on Sunday?

No sorry, it’s only for the riders or paying customers. BUT on Sunday, we have a wonderful Volunteer Hospitality Tent located just east of the start/finish by the Coliseum. Every volunteer is encouraged to come by to get some eats!

 

12. Where/when is the pre-ride devotional service?

The brief pre-ride prayer service is at 7 a.m. inside Pete Mathews Coliseum.

 

13. Are there any cutoffs?

12 noon - There is a cutoff for Century/ULTRA riders at Cheaha State Park (Rest Stop #4). Riders will not be allowed to go on to Adam’s Gap (Rest Stop #5) past 12 noon. Riders will be directed to leave Rest Stop #4 and head back to Jacksonville.

3 p.m. – There is a cutoff for ULTRA riders at HWY 9 for the turn to begin the ULTRA course. Riders will be directed to continue straight/north on HWY 9 back to Jacksonville.

 

14. Where do I pick up my Alabama Backroads Century Series medal (and other finisher gifts/awards)?

There will be a tent directly past the Finish Line in the middle of the chute. Just pedal up and get your awards!

 

 

 

For Additional Information Contact Us:

 

Brooke Nelson, Ride Director

brookenelson@amcvets.com

256-239-9001

 

Mail:

 

NEABA

P.O. Box 2414

Anniston, AL 36202

 

Website:

www.neaba.net

 

 

 

 

 

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