28th Annual

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo

Century, ULTRA, & Time Trial

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Saturday & Sunday

May 15 & 16, 2021

Jacksonville, Alabama

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo - What's Included



  • Pre-Ride Party – Enjoy a phenomenal meal by local favorite – Effina’s – on Saturday evening. Discounted price of $10/head for all.
  • 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. Free for all riders.  Discounted price $10 head for non-riders.
  • Fully stocked Rest Stops - Depending on the distance chosen, Challenge and ULTRA riders have access up to 12 Rest Stops. (The Chief Ladiga Cruise has 5 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 jerseys, bibs, and shorts 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).  ULTRA Finishers have the option to order the custom ULTRA FINISHER jersey
  • Finisher medals
  • Massage Therapy
  • Transport to the Top inside Cheaha State Park for riders' family and friends
  • BIKEXPO – 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!