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2017 CHEAHA CHALLENGE CENTURY is the qualifier for UCI Gran Fondo World Championship!

We are thrilled to announce that the 2017 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century ride has been chosen to host the ONLY USA Qualifier for the 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championship, to be held in the fall in France. Participants of the Century ride on May 21, 2017 will earn qualification to enter the World Championship if they place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their age group or are in the top 25% of their age group.


Retro Jersey:  Everything old is new again!! To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we have brought back a favorite club design – with a twist. With a nod to the World Championship jersey, this striped motif is updated with floating gears throughout the design.  Better buy it now, this is a one-time only jersey.

Traditional Jersey:  Last Chance! This will be the LAST time we offer this unique topography design. We’ve featured it in green, yellow and now this year’s theme color of blue.

Wild Ride:  Back By Popular Demand! The 2016 Wild Ride jersey was so popular we had to print it again, but in this year’s theme colors!  This will be the last time the Wild Ride jersey is offered.

Get the details here.


Cheaha Century

Cheaha 24 Mile

Cheaha 62 Mile

Cheaha 44 Mile

Cheaha 84 Mile

Cheaha Ultra



Friday, May 19, 2017  12 noon – 6pm  Packet Pickup/Registration: Wig’s Wheels (First 50 people win a free pint glass!)  1229 Noble Street, Anniston, AL 36201   (256)237-9447

Saturday, May 20, 2017 – NEW! (Note: The pre-ride party and packet pickup normally held in Oxford will be in Jacksonville.)

  • 10am-8pm   Packet Pickup/Registration inside Pete Mathews Coliseum  (Pete Mathews Coliseum, Park Ave NW, Jacksonville, AL 36265) . MAP
  • BIKEXPO outside Pete Mathews – Vendors are open all day.
  • 5:00pm. – 9:00pm  Pre-Ride Party with band – under the main tent at Pete Mathews! Complete with buffet by Classic on Noble.  Riders eat free!  (Non-riders are $10/person)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

  • 5:30am – 7:00am   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!
  • 7am    Brief Devotional inside Pete Mathews Coliseum by Dunaway Connor.
  • 7:30 am  Cheaha Challenge and ULTRA Start.
  • 8:00am    Chief Ladiga Cruise Start.
  • 11:00am- 7:00pm      Post-Ride Party with band!  Complete with buffet by Cooter’s Rib Shack.  Riders eat free!  (Non-riders are $10/person.  Volunteers and Vendors eat free a the Volunteer tent.)
  • 4:30pm  Awards Ceremony – band stage

Weekend Area Activities



May 20 – 21, 2017

Pete Mathews Coliseum

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL  36265


screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-12-36-30-pmCome experience Northeast Alabama’s premiere arts and music festival! The 1st annual Jacksonville, Alabama Arts and Music Festival: JAMFEST 2017 festivities kick off on Saturday, May 20th on the breathtakingly beautiful campus of Jacksonville State University, home of the Gamecocks.

JamFest 5K Fun Run/Walk   Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 8:00 am   Jacksonville Community Center   More Details/Registration Form



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:



2016 Ride Report & Photos

<p><a href=”″>Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo 2016</a> from <a href=”″>Drew Nelson</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>



Cheaha 24:
Cheaha 44:
Cheaha 62:
Cheaha 84:
Cheaha Century:
Cheaha Ultra:

Comments about the 2015 Cheaha Challenge:

I have no idea how much work and planning it takes to pull off such an event. But I do know if it looked effortless and was operationally smooth, that does not just ‘happen’.  Thank you for keeping us safe and moving along.
You and your team of sponsors and volunteers did a great job.
Thanks from the middle of the pack,
Chad Hathorne

Comments or questions?  Write us at



  1. Joe Patrick says:

    One of best supported rides I have ever participated in. Great job and thanks to the entire community for their efforts!

  2. Randy Jensen says:

    This was my first Alabama Backroads Century Series event. I did the 100 mile Challenge. The course was everything advertised, plus more. The Horseblock mountain climb is a leg-drainer going out and a will-breaker coming in. Can’t say enough about the volunteers and community support of this event. I’ve never peddled an event with this big of a welcome mat laid out by so many local and state volunteers, community leaders, emergency response providers and law enforcement. I felt safe and taken care of the entire time! Better than that, I felt loved by every cheering bell-ringer along the way. Southern hospitality at its finest! Thanks for everything! I’ll be back.

  3. Greg Caldwell says:

    Was amazed at the support that this ride provided! From check in, the rest stop volunteers, to the state trooper support this ride was awesome!! Will be back for more!!

  4. Matt Butler says:

    This has to be the best organized most well supported ride in the state, possibly the South.

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