The St. Francis Tulsa Tough has become one of the premiere cycling festivals in the country. Some of the best riders in the nation will converge on T-Town this weekend for this three-day spectacle. Throw in the thousands of on lookers and you have one fun weekend. The Tulsa Tough was originally started to help promote Tulsa and good health. What began as a mere dream, has become a bucket list item for many around the world. Its growth has surprised even its creators.
"Yeah, that second year we probably had at least 150 people up there cheering right? Ha ha. Now it will be more like 15,000." said Malcolm McCollam, Executive Director of the St. Francis Tulsa Tough, "We knew we could put on a good event and we thought we had potential to grow and become a very important event on the national calendar for people around the country and even people around the world. But seeing it come into fruition is actually, a little humbling."
The best thing about the Tulsa Tough is you don't have to be a world class rider or a cycling fan to have fun and take part.
"We have everything from the most competitive rides, to a recreational ride, to an 8 mile that is completely free for children and families down the Riverside Drive. I don't know anybody in the country that has got that kind of format." said McCollam
The highlight of the weekend is the finale. The ride up Cry Baby Hill.
"What can I say Cry Baby Hill on Sunday has become legendary. It has been described as a right of passage for the professional peleton in the United States." adds McCollam
And it's a must see here in Tulsa this weekend.
Tulsa Tough gets going Friday evening for the races through the Blue Dome District. Then on Saturday, the action shifts over to the Brady Arts District and Gran Fondo rides. And it all wraps up Sunday on Cry Baby Hill.