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28th Annual Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century, ULTRA, & Time Trial plus Chief Ladiga Cruise Bike Ride

28th Annual Cheaha Challenge Gran Fond Century, ULTRA, & Time Trial (And Chief Ladiga Cruise Family Ride)

Saturday, Sunday, May 15 &16 2021 in Jacksonville, Alabama

NEW for 2021: The Cheaha Challenge is excited to have been invited to be on the Gran Fondo National Series of rides across the USA. Riders compete to qualify for the GFNS Championship in Asheville, NC

Organizers of the Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo are honored that the 2021 Cheaha Challenge century distance will again be a qualifier for the 2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Championship, and our Cheaha Challenge Time Trial will again be a qualifier for UCI Time Trial World Championship. The 2021 UCI World Championship will be held in Bosnia, Herzegovina in September 2021.

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo – Schedule of Events Here –> http://www.cheahachallenge.com/schedule-of-events.html

Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo – What’s Included…
Pre-Ride Party – Enjoy a phenomenal meal by local favorite – Effina’s – on Saturday evening. Discounted price of $10/head for all.
Pre-ride breakfast at JSU – Free to all: riders, family, friends, vendors, volunteers, sponsors…
Pre-ride devotion – By Dunaway Conner, inside Pete Mathews Coliseum (7:00 am)
Post-ride party – Buffet by Cooter’s Rib Shack and entertainment. Free for all riders.  Discounted price $10 head for non-riders.
Fully stocked Rest Stops – Depending on the distance chosen, Challenge and ULTRA riders have access up to 12 Rest Stops. (The Chief Ladiga Cruise has 5 Rest Stops.)
Law enforcement support
Medical support on courses and at Start/Finish by JSU’s College of Nursing Trailer, with support from Highland Health Systems
SAG and technical support
On-course communication
Official custom number bibs
Professional Timing – TopView Sports. Chip time – start to finish.
Custom Finisher Caps created by Hincapie Sports and compliments of Highland Health System
Option to order custom event jerseys, bibs, and shorts by Hincapie Sports
Custom ride t-shirts
Bragging rights for ULTRA Finishers ONLY and ULTRA Finishers receive a custom Finisher Shirt (Non-Finishers will receive the ashes of their burned shirts).  ULTRA Finishers have the option to order the custom ULTRA FINISHER jersey
Finisher medals
Massage Therapy
Transport to the Top inside Cheaha State Park for riders’ family and friends
BIKEXPO – At Pete Mathews Coliseum Saturday and Sunday
A Top 10 Event in the State of Alabama as selected by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel in 2006, 2010, and 2012

Chief Ladiga Cruise Bike Ride – The 6th Annual Cruise ride offers distances of 12, 25, or 50 miles on the Chief Ladiga rails-to-trail. There will be Rest Stops on the course, which is all on the paved bike path through Alabama’s countryside with Dugger Mountain as the backdrop. The Cruise ride is geared for new riders, riders getting back into cycling, Boy Scouts needing that 50-Miler Bike patch or anyone just looking for a little bit less of a challenge than the Challenge.  For additional information check out the links below.  You must stick to the approved route or you will be disqualified.  For example, traveling past Rest Stop 3 at the Stateline will result in disqualification.





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