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Next Up: Tour de Blue – May 30th – Red Diamond Campus in Moody (Birmingham).  See the Tour de Blue page for details or visit


If you’ve ever wanted to experience a GRAN FONDO at its finest, the Cheaha Challenge & ULTRA was our Series extravaganza!  The weekend began with Saturday’s Registration Party at the Harley Davidson Stage with a never-ending buffet of Mellow Mushroom pasta and pizza, ice cold beer & beverage, and live music by the Gypsy Begonias Band!  No worries as a brief rain shower passed through as a huge tent kept everyone dry.

Harley Davidson stage

Sunday’s venue at Jackson State University greeted everyone with the enticing aroma of Waffle House famous hashbrowns, smothered & covered plus Southern Girl Coffee – CHEAHA CHALLENGE GRIND!  Plentiful seating with cloth tablecloths and hanging bike rims sparkling with lights from yet another HUGE tent.  And check out the START/FINISH line!


Cyclists received not only their ABCS medal, but also a cool cowbell branded with the Cheaha Challenge logo, an event t-shirt, and neat pint glass to add to their collection.  ULTRA finishers got an awesome tee for bragging rights to their 124 miles of extreme effort!


Listed to the right are ULTRA and Century riders who checked in at our Awards Table.  After looking over the timing results from TopView Sports, there could be some corrections.  Please work with us and send in any corrections: 


And be sure to plan on next year’s event, promising to be better than ever!

Cheaha 2016

After our 5th event, these 21 centurions can brag on over 500 miles pedaled in the 2015 Series so far!  They have earned their patch and we are anxious to see if they’re going for at least 5 more to get that free CHAMPION jersey?  We think YES!!!  Be sure to check out their photos on the Boll Weevil 100 page.

Brian Smith
Dale Robertson
David Emery
Deana Acklin
Fred King
Fred Twilley
Gabrielle Moody
Gary Berg
Gerome Gacula
Kathryn Thornton
Keith Burt
Ken Moore
Larry Murphy
Mike McCrocklin
Rick Swagler
Roberto Aldo Yburan
Stan Muse
Ted Goode
Tim Benefield
Tony Robbins
Vic Camp

Following Sunday’s Cheaha Challenge, these cyclists have completed 4 of our beautiful century routes!  Still time to take home that CHAMPION jersey!

Allen Yates
Alton Abrams
Bonnie Traphan
Dana Hornady
David Moseley
Glenn Baird
Jimmy Lumley
John Halsey
Margot Andison
Mark Jacobs
Max Britton
Paul LaBorde
Ramona Bryant
Robert Traphan
Walter Kennedy

With 3 centuries pedaled and hopefully more to come are these awesome centurions!  You too have 8 more opportunities to earn that free jersey!  We look forward to awarding patches to you all at our next event, Tour de Blue on May 30th.

Bill Stockton
Brandon Ponds
Craig Snell
Dave Crocker
David Blunier
David Smith
Greg Caldwell
Jeffrey Wilson
John Passwater
Kathy Welch
Keith Hatley
Michael Staley
Mike Boyd
Mike Metasavage
Neil Harris
Paul Holsinger
Paul Pitts
Ray Harrison
Robert Johnson
Ross Daniel
Stephen Prout
Taylor Dawson
Thomas Fluker
Thomas Quinn
Travis Self

We have 43 cyclists who have already pedaled 2 0f our centuries and hope they’re able to schedule many more!

Barry Cato
Blake Owen
Bob Grubbs
Brian Toone
Cecil Kwong
Chris Puckett
Chrissy Metcalf
Craig VanVackenburg
Daniel Earnest
David Adams
David Wanhatalo
Don Polk
Edward Shipman
Edwin Martin
Eric Kramer
Eric Murray
Frank Lopez
Gil Kracke
Glenn Shealey
Greg Brinkman
Gregg Bray
Jim Carter
Jim Cockrell
Jim Cogar
Kristen Riley
Lori Helms
Louis Schwarzman
Norman Harrison
Patrick Donnelly
Patti Puckett
Phillip Metcalf
Phillip Townsend
Roger Larsen
Ronald Oliver
Russell Fulmer
Shelly Dunaway
Steve Patterson
Stewart Wright
Susi Bowermaster
Taylor Kitchens
Terri Sullivan
Terry Grizzard
Thomas Schwerin
Tommy Gaillard


Anyone missing?  Name spelled wrong?  Please let us know at 

Awards Table Banner

Watch for this banner as you return from your century ride.  It’s where you sign in, claim your medal, and “smile for the birdie!” Please come with your bib number and bike for a photo.

Our Purpose:

  • To promote the growth and development of long-distance cycling in the state of Alabama, encourage participation in established Alabama century (100-mile) rides, recognize and reward individuals for their accomplishments, and benefit the charities and advocacy efforts supported by each of these events.

The Challenge:

  • Complete at least four of the Alabama Centuries (100-mile options)  in the Series.

The Rewards:

  • Receive a collectible “Centurion” Finisher’s Medal for each (100-mile) century you complete.
  • Upon completion of four century rides in the Series, receive an embroidered patch in the shape of Alabama, indicating each event location.
  • Plus, your name will be listed as Centurion on each event website and on this DISCOVER ALABAMA BACKROADS  website.
  • Ride 10 of our centuries and receive our free CHAMPION jersey!

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Peddlin’ for a Cure 2015

Peddlin’ for a Cure 2015 from karen Hicks on Vimeo.



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2 Responses to

  1. Barry Holmes says:

    I think the jersey’s are an excellent idea. Thanks for all the hard workk. Had a great time this year.

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