26th Annual

Cheaha Challenge

Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Jacksonville, Alabama

25 Years of Challenge



Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo - Schedule of Events


This is a Preliminary Schedule.  Items will be added as they are finalized.

Schedules are subject to change.


Online Registration closes on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Midnight CT

Paper registrations will be accepted up to 7:00 a.m. at event on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

(Note: Chief Ladiga Cruise registration will be open until 7:45 a.m.)




Friday, May 19, 2017


Packet Pickup/Registration:


Wig's Wheels (First 50 people win a free pint glass!)

1229 Noble Street, Anniston, AL 36201



Directions to Wig’s Wheels

Packet Pickup/Registration inside Pete Mathews Coliseum


BIKEXPO outside Pete Mathews – Vendors are open all day.

Pre-Ride Party with band – under the main tent at Pete Mathews! Complete with buffet by Classic on Noble.  Riders eat free!  (Non-riders are $10/person)

Follow the Live Music link for music schedule.

Last chance to register! Packet Pickup/Registration inside Pete Mathews Coliseum (Registration for the Cruise will be open until 7:45 a.m.).


Pre-Ride Breakfast under the main tent.  Free for everyone!

Brief Devotional inside Pete Mathews Coliseum by Dunaway Connor.

Century Ride Awards:  1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall and Age Groups

KOM/QOM Awards for 3+ Mile Climb

(Ceremony Takes Place at Band Stage)

ULTRA Awards:  1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall (No Age Groups)

KOM/QOM Awards for Chimney Peak Climb

(Ceremony Takes Place at Band Stage)

Post-Ride Party with band!  Complete with buffet by Cooter's Rib Shack.  Riders eat free!  (Non-riders are $10/person.  Volunteers and Vendors eat free a the Volunteer tent.)


Follow the Live Music link for music schedule.

Chief Ladiga Cruise Start.

Cheaha Challenge and ULTRA Start.

12 noon – 6:00 p.m.

10 :00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

5:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.

7:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m.

3:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 – NEW! (Note: The pre-ride party and packet pickup normally held in Oxford will be in Jacksonville.)

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Weekend Area Activities


There's plenty of things to do in and around the area!!

Great for your "off bike" time and for friends and families not participating in the ride


Pete Mathews Coliseum

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL  36265


May 20 - 21, 2017


Want to be a vendor?  Contact Amie Hinton for details.

SAVE THE DATE! May 20, 2017


Come experience Northeast Alabama’s premiere arts and music festival! The 1st annual Jacksonville, Alabama Arts and Music Festival: JAMFEST 2017 festivities kick off on Saturday, May 20th on the breathtakingly beautiful campus of Jacksonville State University, home of the Gamecocks.



JamFest 5K Fun Run/Walk

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 8:00 am

Jacksonville Community Center

More Details/Registration Form



Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail


Don't leave your mountain bike at home!!!


Coldwater Mountain is an IMBA Ride Center with over 35 miles of challenging singletrack.


For more info and trail conditions visit:


Knox Outdoors Music Festival


May 20th, 2017


Join Knox Concert Series on May 20, 2017 for the first-ever KNOX OUTDOORS MUSIC FESTIVAL. Featuring renowned soul band St. Paul & the Broken Bones, historic downtown Anniston will be transformed into a music lovers paradise. Come early and enjoy arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and the Knox Kids Zone before our four musical acts take the big stage.




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