29th Annual

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo

Century, ULTRA, & Time Trial

(And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Saturday & Sunday

May 14 & 15, 2022

Jacksonville, Alabama

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo - Schedule of Events


We offer Online Registration ONLY  until online registration closes on Friday, May 13 at 12:00 p.m.  Walk-up paper registrations will be accepted Saturday, May 14 - Sunday, May 15 pre-ride at ride venue, Pete Mathews Coliseum, Jacksonville, AL.  NOTE: Time Trial registration is online only.   There will be no day-of registration.

Friday, May 13, 2022

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Number Pick up for Time Trial Racers Only at JSU Pet Mathews Coliseum



Saturday, May 14, 2022

6:00 a.m.

6:45 a.m.

7:00 a.m.

Check-In for Time Trial at Eubanks Welcome Center.  Bring your ID.


Mandatory Briefing


Time Trial Start - Schedule to be announced after online close on Friday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m.



Time Trial Awards - 30 minutes after last rider crosses the finish

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

Packet Pickup/Registration inside Pete Mathews Coliseum


BIKEXPO outside Pete Mathews – Vendors are open all day.

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

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 a discounted price of $10 for ALL -  riders and non-riders.  Buy your tickets when you register, at the registration link, or at the door.  NOTE: Cost is $15 each.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

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

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!

7:00 a.m.

Devotional:  The morning devotional will be inside Pete Mathews in the bleachers of the Coliseum.  Devotional given by Dunaway Connor.

7:30 a.m.

Cheaha Challenge and ULTRA Wave Starts.

Wave Schedules:


                         To Be Determined          

8:00 a.m.

Chief Ladiga Cruise Start.

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

Post-Ride Party!  Post-Ride Buffet is FREE for all registered riders as it is included in your registration fee.  Do not purchase a ticket for yourself if you’re a registered rider, but do purchase for your guests at $15 for non-riders. Buffet is catered by Cooter’s, and will include barbeque, salad, veggies, vegetarian and gluten-free options, bread and dessert. Note: Cost is FREE for registered riders; $15 each for non-riders.


Awards Ceremony:  TBA



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 14 - 15, 2022


Want to be a vendor?  Contact Drew Nelson, Expo Director at ccgfvendors@neaba.net


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:



McClellan Mountain Bike Trails


The McClellan Bike Trail consists of approximately 20 miles of purpose built singletrack and is perfect for mountain bike riders of all ages and skill levels.


  It is the first specially design NICA trail in the state of Alabama.


For more info and trail conditions visit:



Black Creek Mountain Bike Trails


The Black Creek Trails consist of 15 trails and connectors for those who enjoy walking, running, hiking, and bicycling.



For more info and trail conditions visit:



The Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA is a Top Ten Gran Fondo in the US, as ranked by Gran Fondo Guide!