Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA
(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)
Sunday, May 21, 2017
25 Years of Challenge
The 2017 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA ride upholds the tradition of excellence established 25 years ago. The 1992 ride organizers' vision, to create a challenging route over the highest point in Alabama - Mount Cheaha - and then back again, continues to fulfill the event's tagline promise to be "the toughest ride in the South."
The rides start and finish on the sweeping campus of Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, where both the University and City have proven to be gracious hosts for the events.
Each rider receives a stuffed goody bag with all sorts of cycling and fitness-related items. All finishers receive finisher gifts, and those completing the ULTRA receive a unique Finisher Shirt, a bragging rights shirts only confirmed finishers are allowed to wear.
We are thrilled to announce that the 2017 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century ride has been chosen to host the ONLY USA Qualifier for the 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championship, to be held in the fall in France. Participants of the Century ride on May 21, 2017 will earn qualification to enter the World Championship if they place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their age group or are in the top 25% of their age group.
For the 2017 Century/ULTRA, all teams must register via online registration. Paper entries for teams cannot be accepted.
That smell may have been the finisher shirts of the ULTRA registrants who did not complete (or did not start) the ULTRA! For those cyclists, the ashes of your 2016 finisher shirts are in the mail!
Joining the Northeast Alabama Bicycling Association is the most effective way to stay up on the latest happenings in the local world of cycling. The NEABA promotes all forms of cycling and proudly present the Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo. We also support and maintain the Coldwater Mountain Bike Trails (CWM). CWM is an IMBA Silver Level Ride Center and is a must visit for all mountain bikers.
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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!