25th Annual

Cheaha Challenge

Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Jacksonville, Alabama

25 Years of Challenge



We are thrilled to announce our century ride has won the bid to host the 2017 Union Cycliste International (UCI) Gran Fondo World Championship Qualifier for the United States.This is very exciting news for us, as we are the ONLY qualifier in the United States for the HUGE UCI Championship that will be held in August 2017 in France!


This is a big deal not only for our ride, but for Jacksonville and our area and for Alabama, and for the whole Southeastern United States, as we'll draw riders from Europe to our little cycling mecca.

What This Means for YOU, our Riders

1. The first 25% of athletes of each age group will be awarded with guaranteed entry to the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship in France and be able to ride for the World Champion title. The first three finishers in each age group category will automatically receive entry eligibility.


2. Only the CENTURY riders of the Challenge are eligible to receive this designation.


3. UCI age groups are determined by the cyclist's age on Dec. 31 of that year. (i.e. If you don't turn 50 until August, you would still compete in the 50-54 age group in May.)


4. UCI age groups are:


0-18  (Not an UCI age Group, so ineligible for UCI World Championship. But will receive CCGF award.)









70+   (According to UCI rules, the 70+ age group must have six or more riders.)


5.  Age group winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd/male and female) will receive a UCI medal.  Also, 1st Place age group winners (male and female) will receive a UCI jersey.


6.  For those Century riders on the equipment listed below, per UCI rules, your time will not be eligible for qualification for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.


  • Recumbent Bike
  • Hand Cycle/Bike
  • Tandem Bike


Cyclists using these bikes are always welcome to ride the century, or any distance, however, as stated above, you will not be able to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.






Home Ride Details Registration Event Info Links
History Challenge/ULTRA Course Register What's Included NEABA
Results Chief Ladiga Cruise Join NEABA Jersey and Bibs Coldwater Mountain Fat Tire Fest
E-News Ride Rules Awards Cycling Camp
Sponsors UCI Qualifying Schedule of Events Contact Us
Getting Here FAQ
Ride Photography

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