28th Annual

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo

Century, ULTRA, & Time Trial

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Saturday & Sunday

May 15 & 16, 2021

Jacksonville, Alabama

2021 Training Ride Schedule


New for 2021: the rides will include instruction and insight from one or more experienced riders of multiple Cheaha Challenges, including how the event transpires, how to measure your efforts, how to fuel, how to contend with the elements, how Cheaha is different than other climbing centuries, and how to train specifically for Cheaha.


Ride distances will range from 30 to 100+ miles. Other than the several thousand calories you'll expend, there is no cost to participate.  February is just around the corner, so get your base miles in now in preparation for the real training to come.


Ride Dates:


  • February 20, 2021
  • March 13, 2021
  • April 24, 2021


These training options are free and are highly encouraged to familiarize everyone with the route(s).  In the past, they have proven to be invaluable to riders during the actual event.


Tentative Plan: Meet at Shoal Creek Ranger station at 8AM.

We will discuss the course and provide tips from locals prior to riding.  More details will be provided closer to the ride date.




For more information contact Drew Nelson: Training Rides@neaba.net.


We are looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at this year's training rides.

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