Friday, May 29, 2009

Time to Get Tough. Tulsa Tough.

It's here: The fourth annual Tulsa Tough Ride & Race

Quite a sight to behold and, from what I understand, even more fun to pedal through, Tulsa Tough Ride & Race is a set of competitive races and tour rides that bring athletes from the world over here to T-Town. The race routes showcase the best of what our fine city has to offer - the historic Brady and Blue Dome Districts, Riverside and more.

The event, designed for new and experienced riders alike and to inspire athleticism and Tulsa pride, gets started tonight at 6:20 with the Men's Category III race and rolls through to the end of the weekend. The event is thanks to the Children's Hospital at Saint Francis (which will help Tulsa Tough give 225 new bikes to kids this year), Tulsa Sports Commission and Tulsa Wheelmen

Riders and racers can participate in a number of events and activities, from professional-level races, recreation and tour rides to kids and youth activities (check out the Tough Kids and Townie ride at 1 p.m., 13th and Riverside) to live music and vendors during the three-day cycling event.

In short, Tulsa Tough is more than a cycling event; it's a weekend festival. 

The event attracts thousands to Tulsa, filling the sidewalks, cafes, bars and art galleries to the brim with the spandex-free cycle happy along the race tracks. Last year's event brought on an estimated 15,000, or about six times to capacity of the music hall at Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Now, that's a lot of biking (and Tulsa) enthusiasts. 

See y'all at the races.

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