TULSA, Okla — The third and final day of Tulsa Tough arrived, the Tulsa cycling tradition is wrapping up the weekend with it's most iconic event of all, Cry Baby Hill.
Cycling, sweat, and tears; that's how bikers describe Cry Baby Hill.
The crowd is also filled with a lot of cheering, positive energy, and celebrations. The River Parks Criterium kicked off early Sunday morning and lasted all day.
Michael Hinds is one of the cyclists that competed, he said “we just love the energy and the atmosphere and riders from all over the country, you’ve got California, you’ve got international riders coming in, you just don’t get that anywhere else, you know within the region, so it’s cool.”
Every year the grueling course tests every biker no matter their fitness level. From amateurs to professionals, cyclists competed Sunday not only for some of the most coveted titles in Criterium Racing but also a significant cash prize.
The first-place winner in Sunday's race took home a cash prize of upwards of $2,700.
Hinds traveled from Austin, Texas to compete, he said he couldn't miss Cry Baby Hill.
“It’s a two-part, you start off real steep, evens out and it goes up again and that second part is what gets you every time, then the lactic acid just builds up in the legs and they just give out.” Hinds says.
The fun was not just for the pros competing, Sean O'Banion and his family got to enjoy some cycling action in a less competitive form.
“Well we came out here to do the Townie Ride here in the Tulsa tough and we had a lot of fun and it’s hot.”, O'Banion said.
Hundreds of spectators lining the streets to cheer on all of the competitors, some even checking out the fun for the very first time.
One spectator, Ryan Bush, says, “the city has put on an amazing event, it’s such a cool culture with all the people, there’s so much energy and it’s so electric around town even last night we were riding out to see all the people out.”
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