26th Annual

Cheaha Challenge

Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Jacksonville, Alabama



Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo - Schedule of Events


This is a Preliminary Schedule.  Items will be added as they are finalized.

Schedules are subject to change.


For the first time, we offer Online Registration ONLY  until online registration closes on Thursday, May 17 at 12 midnight. Walk-up paper registrations will be accepted Friday, May 18 at Wig’s Wheels, and Saturday, May 19 –Sunday, May 20 pre-ride at ride venue, Pete Mathews Coliseum, Jacksonville, AL.



Friday, May 18, 2018


Packet Pickup/Registration:


Wig's Wheels

1229 Noble Street, Anniston, AL 36201



Directions to Wig’s Wheels

Packet Pickup/Registration inside Pete Mathews Coliseum


BIKEXPO outside Pete Mathews – Vendors are open all day.

Pre-Ride Party under the main tent at Pete Mathews!  Local favorite, Effina’s, will supply a fantastic pasta bar with multiple choices of pastas, sauces, protein, and veggies (Vegetarian and Gluten-free options are included!), as well as a salad, and dessert. Dinner Buffet is $10 for ALL -  riders and non-riders.  Buy your tickets when you register, or at the door. (Due to rising food costs, for the first time we are charging riders for the pre-ride buffet.)

Last chance to register! Packet Pickup/Registration inside Pete Mathews Coliseum (Registration for the Cruise will be open until 7:45 a.m.).


Pre-Ride Breakfast under the main tent.  Free for everyone!

Brief Devotional inside Pete Mathews Coliseum by Dunaway Connor.

Post-Ride Party with band!  Complete with buffet by Cooter's Rib Shack that includes meat and meatless options, vegetarian baked beans, pasta salad with veggies, rolls and cookies for dessert.  Riders eat free!  (Non-riders are $10/person).


Awards Ceremony:  TBA


Music Lineup:  TBA

Chief Ladiga Cruise Start.

Cheaha Challenge and ULTRA Start.

Wave Schedules TBA

12 noon – 6:00 p.m.

10 :00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

5:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.

7:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Weekend Area Activities


There's plenty of things to do in and around the area!!

Great for your "off bike" time and for friends and families not participating in the ride


Pete Mathews Coliseum

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL  36265


May 19 - 20, 2018


Want to be a vendor?  Contact Brooke Nelson for details.




SAVE THE DATE! May 19, 2018


Come experience Northeast Alabama’s premiere arts and music festival! The 2nd annual Jacksonville, Alabama Arts and Music Festival: JAMFEST 2018 festivities kick off on Saturday, May 19th on the breathtakingly beautiful campus of Jacksonville State University, home of the Gamecocks.




Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail


Don't leave your mountain bike at home!!!


Coldwater Mountain is an IMBA Ride Center with over 35 miles of challenging singletrack.


For more info and trail conditions visit:




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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!