Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"The Toughest Ride in the South!"

For 23 years, cyclists have assembled in Calhoun County to climb to the highest point in Alabama,
Mt. Cheaha. In 2015, ride organizers will not disappoint, adding additional climbs to this already challenging route, holding true to the title of "the toughest ride in the south."
The picturesque campus of Jacksonville State University again hosts this renowned ride, which provides various route distances, from 24 and 44 mile routes to 100 and the ultra 124 mile route. Beginners could take on the 24 miles, but organizers have also added an easier 24 mile ride, "The Ladiga Cruise" for those new to cycling. It's highly encouraged that only experienced riders take on the ultra 124 mile route, featuring the grueling climbs of Horseblock, Cheaha, Adam's Gap, Bains Gap and Chimney Peak.  The ride includes more than 9700 feet of climbing, with scenic terrains and landscapes to "enjoy" along the way.
If cycling is not for you, join the City of Jacksonville to cheer on the participants and share the road, with routes from 204 in Jacksonville to Hwy 9 in White Plains, the scenic byway to Cheaha and Bains Gap.
The mass start begins at 7:30 a.m. from Jacksonville State's Coliseum and proceeds around the square, so come show your support, clap, cheer, smile, and wave them on their way to a fun but challenging day of cycling.
For more information, including registration information, visit www.cheahachallenge.com.

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