Jun 7, 2012
08:17 AM
Weekender

Let the good times roll

Let the good times roll

Tulsans and cyclists from around the nation will congregate downtown this weekend for a three-day bicycling extravaganza.

Tulsa Tough, presented by Saint Francis, is a three-day bicycling festival, touring historic areas of Tulsa and featuring races for all ages and skill levels.

Whether you have been training for months or do not even own a bike, everyone can enjoy a piece of this event.

Events will kick off Friday evening with fast pace street races weaving through the nightlife of the Blue Dome District. While I do not plan to compete against the pros, the vendors and live music dispersed through the area will prove to be enough of an attraction.

No one is left out Saturday. Courses for everyone from professionals to toddlers will circle around landmarks such as Cain’s Ballroom and Brady Theater. Eighteen-month-olds to 5-year-olds can participate in a training-wheels-approved, one-block race.

The festival activities will be in full swing Saturday with local vendors, exhibitors and artisans. The obstacle courses and balance bikes will be the perfect attractions to keep the kids entertained.

Various long distance races ranging from 24 to 127 miles stretching from Sand Springs to Kiefer will take place Saturday and Sunday.

The racing will move to River Parks Sunday as competitors will have to face the infamous Cry Baby Hill. The cheering and cowbells at the top of the hill will make it an exciting place to watch cyclists face Tulsa’s toughest course.

Sunday’s Townie Ride is the perfect opportunity for your whole family to ride together. There is no entry fee for the amateur friendly 8-mile race but participants must still register.

If you need some inspiration before the races, the Circle Cinema will be showing "The Ride," a documentary about a man’s 40-day cycling trek across America, tonight (June 7) at 7 p.m.

Before you head out to the cycling festivities, be sure to download the “Tough Tulsa Tour Tracker” mobile app to keep track of the schedule, course maps and race info from the event site.

To register or get more information about the festivities visit the Tulsa Tough website.

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