Despite the wet weather delays, cyclists participating in the Tulsa Tough criterium races pedaled their way up Cry Baby Hill all day yesterday. But it wouldn't be the same without the flamboyant crowd. The rain did not stop hundreds of people from coming out to one of the most anticipated events in Tulsa.
The bike races on Cry Baby Hill are more like a holiday for Tulsa resident Leah Gifford.
"Feeling great. This is our favorite time of the year. It's like Christmas around here," Gifford said.
And she's not alone.
"It's like Christmas, Mardi Gras, Halloween, dance party, clubbing everything wrapped into one," said Heidi Lebowski, Cry Baby Hill fan.
It's an event hard core fans refuse to miss.
"It's my favorite weekend. Favorite weekend absolutely. I've been coming nine years . Right here every year," Lebowski said.
This year's theme at Cry Baby Hill is disco.
"I had to come up with something that would be different not just the typically afro or disco suit. So I thought why not go for a helmet. Cyclists related and a disco ball," Gifford said.
While some people got the memo, others not so much.
"If you'd believe that I actually have this in my trunk at all times specific occasions," Zach Steckman said.
But no matter if you wear a chicken suit, a monkey face or dress up like a banana, there's a purpose for all the madness. The crazy costumes, loud cheers and waving cry baby dolls are all to encourage the cyclists to keep pedaling up this steep hill.
"We want to be close to the racers they want to be close to us so we mind the line so that we can fun and be here," Lebowski said.
No matter how many times the cyclists pass the crowd, he fans are just as excited and crazy, as the first time around.