Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA
(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
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It seems like we just finished the Cheaha Challenge 2017 (at least the pain I felt at the finish line is still fresh in my mind!), but here we are again getting ready for the 26th edition. It will again be a qualifier for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship to be held August 30th through September 2nd in Varese, Italy. Last year, a whole bunch of folks that did the training rides ended up qualifying for the WC in Albi, France, and and handful went and competed for the USA. They have great stories to tell.
For this year, you can mark the following dates on your calendar:
Saturday, March 10th at 8:00 am
Saturday, March 31st at 8:00 am
Saturday, April 21st at 8:00 am
Saturday, May 5th at 8:00 am
The tentative plan is to run the same routes as last year. It has been suggested that we start from Pete Matthews Coliseum at Jacksonville State University, where the Cheaha Challenge sets off. However, that route requires about 24 miles on Hwy 9 (12 out and 12 back), which is a highway speed segment with frequent log trucks. Since it is over rolling terrain and is not typically a selective part of the course we will substitute less traveled roads that offer more route flexibility (and shortcuts back to the car!).
Routes will range from 30 to 100 miles, with elevation profiles between 1,500 and up to 9,500 or so feet. Each route is challenging and will provide good base training while at the same time giving you insight into the course.
As a UCI Gran Fondo qualifier (the only one in the U.S.), this ride draws competitors from multiple states and countries. The 2017 edition saw some blazing finishing times and we expect the 2018 edition to be bigger and faster.
More details will follow soon. Meanwhile, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding specifics.
We are looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at this year's training rides.
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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!