Saint Francis Tulsa Tough 2012 (Title Sponsor: Saint Francis Health Systems)
Traveling from Southern California to Tulsa, Oklahoma is an event in and of itself, never-mind spending a weekend among thousands of enthusiastic, and somewhat intoxicated, ok, heavily intoxicated cycling fanatics! It was a weekend to be remembered and that is an understatement.
The annual Tulsa Tough is one of the most anticipated races of the season, and the 2012 Saint Francis Tulsa Tough did not disappoint. Historically, it has been highly regarded as a fast-paced, energetic, spectator-friendly race, and attracts many of the top ranked pros (and fans) each year. As a USA Cycling highlighted event, all three-race days received a spot in the National Criterium Calendar. One of the events that separated The Tulsa Tough race weekend from any other race weekend was the back to back GranFondo rides which covered more than 200 miles of road, and allowed riders of all levels to join in the fun. They also hosted a Townie Ride which was an 8-mile loop with a short cut for those who only wanted to ride 5 miles (Tiny Townie). The Executive Committee really seemed to go out of their way to get the whole city involved and interested in the sport of Cycling. In addition to the great community race events, Tulsa Tough is known for their Cry Baby Hill race, which is arguably the most infamous event of the weekend. I quickly learned why this particular race commands so much attention, and will likely find all future criteriums slightly boring. [Read more...]