New participants record in Cheaha Challenge Granfondo

Despite Covid-19, the 2021 Cheaha Challenge Granfondo broke another participants' record with 1231 riders in the Granfondo and 151 in the time trial, a quarter more than in the last edition in 2019. Riders from 35 different US States signed up for the event.

The time trial on Saturday was held on a 12 miles fast and straight course from Piedmont towards Jacksonville. Fastest male rider of the day was Brock Mason (GA) in the M19-34 category in a time of 24m31. Fastest female over the same distance was Leigh Ruston (TN) from the F40-44 category in a time of 29m52.

In the Granfondo on Sunday over the highest mountain in Alabama, Dan Netzer (VA) from the 45-49 age group bridged the 3 minutes gap to the earlier 19-44 start to have the overall fastest time of the day before Aaron Boyleston (CA) who won the sprint before Ralph Buckingham (MI), both riders from the M40-44 age group. Amy Phillips (TN) from the F45-49 age group was the fastest female in the century ride with time trial winner Leigh Ruston as second and Lisa Houser (LA) in third.

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