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Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo

Sat May 18 - Sun May 19 Jacksonville, AL 36265 US Directions

Schedule of Events

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo - Schedule of Events

We offer Online Registration ONLY  until online registration closes on Friday, May 17 at 12:00 p.m.  Walk-up paper registrations will be accepted Saturday, May 18th 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 17, 2024

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Number Pick up for Time Trial Racers Only at JSU Pet Mathews Coliseum

Saturday, May 18, 2024

6:00 a.m. - Check-In for Time Trial at Eubanks Welcome Center.  Bring your ID. 

7:00 a.m.Time Trial Start - Schedule to be announced after online close on Friday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m.

TBA - 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 $15 for ALL -  riders and non-riders.  Buy your tickets when you register, at the registration link, or at the door.  

Sunday, May 19, 2024

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

7:30 AM - Century (Racing Group) - 0-44 Age Groups
7:35 AM - Century (Racing Group) - 45-54 Age Groups
7:40 AM - Century (Racing Group) - 55-70+ Age Groups
7:42 AM - ULTRA Riders
7:42 AM - Century (Non-Racing), 84, 62, 44 and 24 milers
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 18-19, 2024

Want to be a vendor?  Contact Drew Nelson, Expo Director at 

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: 
 Area Attractions

Longleaf Botanical Gardens

Anniston Museum of Natural History

Berman Museum of World History

Anniston Civil Rights Trail

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