With a new time trial and the traditional Century ride since 2004, the Cheaha Challenge in Jacksonville, Alabama keeps on innovating and expending. More than 1100 riders showed up for one of the various distances on offer and enjoyed their challenging and the hospitality of the event. Another 25% growth compared to last season.
The 12 miles time trial on Saturday had Brock Mason as overall fastest in a time of 24:42 and an average speed of 30.3 Mi/h (48.7km/h) which was 1:44 faster than John Hart who won his 40-44 age group and Jacob Tremblay who was the fastest in the men 35-39.
Fastest female in the time trial was Amanda Coker before Melissa Lee and Emily Payonk, all three from the youngest age group. The winning time of 29:38 was good for an average speed of 25.3 Mi/h (40.7km/h).
The Granfondo on the next day started in waves with Dan Netzer (M45-49 - VA) scoring the fastest overall time half a minute ahead of Nick Theobald (M50-54 ? CA) and Kyle Glerum (M50-54 ? CA). The second wave of riders over 45 closed the 3 minutes gap with their younger opponents who started in the earlier wave.
33-year old Kat Sweatt was the fastest lady over the 100 miles, finishing almost 4 minutes ahead of time trial winner Amanda Coker while Beth Mitchell won her F40-44 age group to take overall third.