Tulsa Tough race weekend is a highlight of the year for bike racers around the country. The Tulsa community comes together to host a weekend full of festivities whether you're racing the crits, crushing the fondos, or cheering on your friends while throwing back a couple brews or ten. As the official jersey sponsor for the past three years, we look forward to this event every year. The all inclusive energy fills the air as you explore the city streets. The first two days of racing situated in the heart of the city make for a unique spectator experience. Restaurants, bars, and VIP areas surround the perimeter of the race to keep the party alive. The energy the bike racers feel from the crowds is just one of the reasons Bicycling listed Tulsa Tough as one of the top 3 bike races to do in America. To wrap things up, Sunday's Cry Baby Hill is something you can't put into words. A brutal hill climb surrounded by cheering fans with unlimited beer, corn dogs, and dollar bill hand ups. Yup, I said corn dog hand ups. House parties and ice chests full of beer line the race course. If you haven't experienced Tulsa Tough yet, mark your calendars, this is a must do as a racer or spectator.
A 24 hour drive split up over two days landed us in the heart of Tulsa. After a long drive everyone had one thing on their minds, bikes. The Wednesday night group ride lead by The Tulsa Wheelmen gets 100-200 people in attendance. It was a HUGE group! Tulsa treats Tulsa Tough weekend like a national holiday. The energy is infectious. The people were welcoming and the pace was spicy amongst the rolling hills of the Tulsa outskirts. We finished the ride at a local brewery for frosty cold drinks which made for the perfect welcome we needed after driving across country straight into a "road trip shake out ride."
With thunderstorms predicted Thursday afternoon we snuck out for a ride through the city in our new Classics Collection. It didn't take long before we were dumped on by said storm as we scattered in search of cover ending up at a local bar. Thursday night's ride with the pros would have been a little too much to handle with the torrential downpour we experienced. With the weekend fast approaching we had an early night to prepare for a busy weekend.