Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA
(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Underwritten by Highland Health Systems
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Mark Wiltshire Cheaha Challenge
Spirit of a Champion Award
This award is in honor of Mark Wiltshire, M. D., a local family practice physician who served as president of the Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association and was one of the originators of the Cheaha Challenge Century ride in 1993. Wiltshire was a passionate cyclist, both road and mountain bike, and a staunch supporter of the Chief Ladiga Trail before his death in 1997 after a short battle with cancer.
The Spirit of a Champion Award embodies Wiltshire’s attributes, and is a way to recognize a cyclist who inspires us by cycling despite physical limitations or illness.
2016 Winner – Bill Rogers
For 2016, the Cheaha Challenge Spirit of a Champion award committee awarded Bill Rogers, Wells Fargo Advisor Regional Director, for his passion for cycling and commitment to supporting the Cheaha Challenge ride so others can enjoy the sport of cycling.
2017 Winner - Brian Smith
For 2017, the Cheaha Challenge Spirit of a Champion award committee awarded Brian Smith of Tuscaloosa for his inspiring dedication to the sport despite physical limitations.
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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!