Professional and amateur cyclists from all over the world return to Calhoun County for the 27th annual Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo.
This year, the weekend of world class racing expands to two days, May 18-19, with the addition of the new Cheaha Challenge Time Trial, a 12-mile “straight shot” course on the rails-to-trail Chief Ladiga Trail. The time trial features a podium ramp that will launch riders onto the paved course.
The Cheaha Challenge Time Trial is the qualifier for the UCI Time Trial World Championship in Poznan (Poland). Cheaha Challenge Century Ride will also serve as a qualifier for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship, an honor our local ride has enjoyed for three years.
The Cheaha Challenge Century, ULTRA, Cruise, and now Time Trial Weekend has grown into an event riders can’t miss. The course, which scales the iconic Cheaha Mountain, presents an irresistible test of grit and guts. Those daring enough to tackle the ULTRA course will face 126.35 miles with 13,492 feet of climbing.
Cheaha Challenge registration is online only until registration closes on Friday, May 17 at midnight. Walk-up paper registrations will be accepted Saturday, May 18 through Sunday, May 19 pre-ride at ride venue, Pete Mathews Coliseum, Jacksonville, AL; however, Time Trial registration is online only. There will no day-of registration for the time trial.
Learn more about the rides, the amenities, the rules, and the fun at Cheaha Challenge by visiting cheahachallenge.com.
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