Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tulsa Tough Photos

I wandered around the Tulsa Tough criterium circuit this morning, catching one of the women's races, the kid's race, and more.

This TPD officer will hereafter be known as "Officer McFriendly". He threatened me with three hundred dollars worth of tickets for driving on the wrong side of the road as I went around a barrier at an intersection about 150 yards from his air-conditioned cruiser. I was trying to find where to park, and by having the temerity to ask a question and forcibly extract him from all that air-conditioned comfort, I made Officer McFriendly somewhat cross. Regardless, I've given him the coveted Dick of the Day Award.

I took this photo after finding a parking space on the opposite end of the course, and I watched in wonder as car after car drove around the barrier, some to unload cargo, bikes, and passengers, while others were equally puzzled about the parking situation. Officer McFriendly - welcome to Tulsa, ya dick.

This is Cry Baby Hill, a tough climb for a criterium as racers hit it again and again. It has a street corner turn right in the middle. That makes the pack stretch out like a rubber band and eventually, it snaps. But the people who party on Cry Baby Hill may have snapped some time ago.

There are more photos over on my Picasa web album.

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Blogger The Donut Guy said...

Most cops are pretty cool......they have a tough job and unfortunately, the 5% of cops that *are* dicks, pretty much ruin it for the 95% of cops that are decent people.

4:20 AM  
Blogger Yokota Fritz said...

Impressive bike shorts tan linger on that short jorts ... dude? Dudette?

10:36 AM  
Blogger Ed W said...

Late in the afternoon, the crowd on Cry Baby Hill was much larger. They narrowed the road down like you'd see on one of the big alpine stages in the TdF, complete with strangely attired people. One family guy complained that the scene was too risque for his children. He saw (gasp!) girls kissing girls! Men in bras! And other similarly Offenses to Public Morality in the Bible Belt. Next time, I'll go later in the day.

3:23 PM  
Blogger lemmiwinks said...

Tulsa was on "COPS" last night down here (probably filmed a few years ago at least). It's big!

5:06 PM  
Blogger JB said...

The cop in question was extremely cordial to us and allowed us to park in the little driveway section where he was stationed. It was very helpful since we arrived early for my race (1/2's) at 3:00.

(btw- i came across this post as i searched for blogs about tulsa tough)

7:45 AM  
Blogger Ed W said...

I arrived shortly after the rain cleared off, probably around 9:30. Perhaps the TPD officer was deep into coffee deprivation. Perhaps one of his superiors received a call from higher up the food chain complaining about his attitude. It doesn't matter, really, but I'm truly glad he lightened up. A surly cop doesn't make the best first impression as a greeter for the city. We really want people to come here, have a great time at the races, spend money, and leave happy.

If you don't mind my asking, how'd you do in the Cat 1/2?

3:49 PM  

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