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'Tulsa Tough' faces rain delays Saturday

Tulsa Tough riders taking on Cry Baby Hill
Posted at 1:29 PM, Jun 05, 2023

UPDATE: Tulsa Tough was postponed Saturday morning due to the weather.

The first competitive race of the day was pushed back to begin at 11 a.m. The kid's races were canceled.

Here is the new schedule:

It's a weekend of bike racing, cheering, and lots of fun.

Tulsa Tough, sponsored by Saint Francis, brings the city's booming biking community to the foreground and draws crowds of people who may not know much about the sport to the front lines.

Kicking off Friday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m., the first group of racers will take off from 3rd and Elgin. The last race of the night will start at 8:20 p.m.
"I mean it's what we talk about, Tulsa all year. It's the best crit race in the U.S.," St. Louis-based cyclist Jordan Kuiper said Friday. "We've done a lot of traveling over the past years for a bunch of different races, but there's no city that comes out to support a pro event like this like Tulsa does."

Drink and food tents will be set up throughout the course. For a course map,click here.

"I think it's something that really puts Tulsa on the map," VIP festivities staffer Ashley Green said. "People travel here from all over for this event, and it's a good time to show off what your company can do."

Megan and Sergio Puerta of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. are two of those traveling from all over just to watch the races.

"A lot of people joke that Oklahoma is a flyover state, but we're actually glad that we actually stopped and came here," Megan Puerta said. "We haven't been here since we were teenagers. We've been to Oklahoma City and Tulsa before, but it's been a long time and it's really nice to see the community come together in an event like this."

The festivities continue Saturday, beginning at 7 a.m.

"This is a hobby. I mean, this is our version of golf," Houston-based cyclist Jordan Crisman told 2 News.

New to the race this year is what organizers are calling the "Big Ride," which is a festival with concerts, drinks, and food trucks.

To get tickets to the Big Ride, click here.

If you don't plan on attending Tulsa Tough and want to make sure you stay away from the traffic, the Tulsa Police Department provided this map.

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