Inaugural Tulsa Tough Ride and Race in June

The Tulsa Tough Ride and Race, is set to debut from June 2-4, 2006, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Local bike enthusiasts, the Tulsa Wheelmen and the Tulsa Sports Commission are handling the logistics for what will become an annual biking event.

The event will include a total of three races and two rides. The ride distances are designed to accommodate riders of all types and will range from 50 kilometres, up to 100 miles. The three days of racing include categories for everyone from beginners through professionals, and feature a total purse of $72,500.

The organisers are hoping to attract an increasing number of participants and spectators each year. "For this year’s event, we have a goal of 3,000 participants," said event director Malcolm McCollam. "Within five years, we think it’s realistic to expect that 10,000 cyclists will want to ride in Tulsa Tough."

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