Some call it the toughest ride in the South. Bicyclists from around the world have converged on Calhoun County for the Cheaha Challenge, a grueling 124-mile ride over Alabama's tallest Appalachian peaks. Five reporters from The Star will follow the action from start to finish.

A new report by the American Society of Civil Engineers on U.S. roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure forecasts that the nation needs to spend $1.4 trillion over the next 10 years, and about five times that much from now until 2040.

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