Cherohala Challenge

Sat June 4, 2022 Tellico Plains, TN 37385 US Directions

Cherohala Challenge Century - 115 Mile

$80 7:00AM EDT Price increases after May 29, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT

Metric Century - 62 Mile

$80 7:10AM EDT Price increases after May 29, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT

Charles Hall Memorial - 45 Mile

$80 7:20AM EDT Price increases after May 29, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT
9180 TN-68
Tellico Plains, TN US 37385

The Smoky Mountain Wheelmen proudly present the 20th Edition of the Cherohala Challenge.

The 2022 Date is JUNE 4!

The event offers three distinctive rides that almost anyone can find a ride that will fit their skill level with rides of  45, 62, and 115 miles. 

Don’t miss your opportunity to ride the famed Tail of the Dragon and Cherohala Skyway, visit beautiful local treasures like Bald River Falls and countless spectacular views. The 115-mile route is a route that cannot normally be done without the support of an organized ride.  We supply SAG Support, Well-Stocked Rest Stops, Short-Wave Radio Support (cell phones do not work on most of the ride) and Private Restrooms. 

The Wheelmen are proud of our legacy and want you to come experience one of the Southeast’s premier rides!  Start training now to SLAY THE DRAGON!

  • All routes are fully SAG supported with well-stocked rest stops. 
  • Free post-ride meal. 
  • All riders must wear helmets.
  • Custom Event T-shirt for all riders who preregister.
  • Custom cycling kit available for order now through April 4th

Packet pickup info:
Thursday, June 2nd - LeMond Bicycles, 10351 Deerborn Ln, Knoxville, TN 37932
Friday, June 3rd - Mecca Camp Resort, 1301 Mecca Pike, Tellico Plains, TN 37385
Race Day: 5:30am - Tellico Plains HS, 9180 TN-68, Tellico Plains, TN 37385

Ride start time
115 mile - 7:00am
62 mile - 7:10am
45 mile - 7:20am

Custom Kit

Remember your trip to Slay the Dragon with custom cycling kit provided by Primal.
Ordering is open from now through June 6th.
Kits should be received around Aug 5th.
Check out our custom store by Primal for sizing, pricing, and ordering.
More information can be found below.

Skyway Cycling Festival

Through partnerships with Cherohala Cycles, the Town of Tellico Plains, and Monroe County Tourism, we are proud to announce the Inaugural Skyway Cycling Festival. The festival kicks off on Friday night with pre-registration package pick up, music, and food vendors at Mecca Camp Resort in Tellico Plains.  

The Festival continues on Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Downtown Tellico Plains. On Saturday the festival will host vendors, food trucks, cycling specialists, and more, while also promoting safe cycling skills and driver, cyclists, pedestrian safety.

This addition will assist us in expanding the Cherohala Challenge to a true family event that everyone can enjoy while supporting their favorite cyclist.

For more information, check out the Cycling Fest Website


Route Information

All riders get full digital maps and turn by turn directions through Ride With GPS.
If you don't have an account already, you will only need to make a FREE account. The paid level of benefits comes free to all riders who connect their accounts to the event using the link below.


Custom Kit

We are pleased to offer our riders the opportunity to purchase custom designed matching kits for 2022!

Riders can choose from jerseys, bibs, shorts, and rain jackets.

The store will be open until April 4th with delivery expected by May 27 so you'll have it for the ride!

Head on over to Our Primal Store to get your orders in!


Race Contact Info

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