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 - What's Included



  • Pre-ride dinner and band party at JSU – Buffet by Classic on Noble and entertainment by South of Heaven (Buffet is free to riders. $10/head for others.)
  • Goody Bags - drawstring backpacks stuffed full of goodies and info, compliments of Sunny King Automotive
  • Pre-ride breakfast at JSU – Free to all: riders, family, friends, vendors, volunteers, sponsors…
  • Pre-ride devotion - By Dunaway Conner, inside Pete Mathews Coliseum (7:00 am)
  • Post-ride party – Buffet by Cooter’s Rib Shack and entertainment by Robby & Marc and Cornbread Killers (Buffet is free to riders. $10 head for family and friends. Vendors and Volunteers eat free at the Volunteer Tent.)
  • Fully stocked Rest Stops - Depending on the distance chosen, Challenge and ULTRA riders have access up to 11 Rest Stops. (The Chief Ladiga Cruise has 3 Rest Stops.)
  • Law enforcement support
  • Medical support on courses and at Start/Finish by JSU’s College of Nursing Trailer, with support from Highland Health Systems
  • SAG and technical support
  • On-course communication
  • Official custom number bibs
  • Professional Timing – TopView Sports. Chip time – start to finish.
  • Custom Finisher Caps created by Hincapie Sports and compliments of Highland Health System
  • Option to order custom event jersey by Hincapie Sports
  • Custom ride t-shirts
  • Bragging rights for ULTRA Finishers ONLY, and ULTRA Finishers receive a custom Finisher Shirt (Non-Finishers will receive the ashes of their burned shirts.)
  • Finisher medal for Cheaha Challenge Century and ULTRA riders - Alabama Backroads Century Series
  • Massage Therapy: Glen Morey, LMT and Faith Common, LMT all day on Sunday, May 21, 2017!
  • Message therapy is $1/minute with a 20 minumte minimum. Additional Questions: Call 727-459-6994
  • BIKEXPO – New! At Pete Mathews Coliseum Saturday and Sunday


A Top 10 Event in the State of Alabama as selected by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel in 2006, 2010, and 2012.



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

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