Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA
(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
25 Years of Challenge
The Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association (NEABA) is honored to announce we will once again host the ONLY qualifier in the USA for the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championship. The Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century distance (100 miles) will serve as the qualifier for all age groups.
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.
Check out photos from the 2017 Cheaha Challange Gran Fondo & ULTRA! Brought to you by Andrew Garza and Sara Walker!
Per UCI rules, you will receive a colored number bib to wear that identifies your respective start. YOU MUST start with your age group or be disqualified from qualifying for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship. See the UCI Specific Rules page for more information.
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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!