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September 7, 2013

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Good Times Riding

We use a chip timing system to keep track of rider locations and elapsed ride times on the touring rides at Tulsa Tough. You’ve used or seen similar systems in running and triathlon events.

The rider wears an ankle strap with a small electronic device and whenever they cross a remote sensor on the roadway, [...]

Rules of the Road

The laws in Oklahoma governing bicycling on public roads aren’t perfectly clear. But we have laws and you should be informed.

Malcolm McCollam is a Tulsa attorney, Event Director of Tulsa Tough, and an avid cyclist for over 25 years. He has represented a large number of bicyclists in legal cases involving their use of [...]

Attracting Tourists

One of the big differences between non-competitive and competitive cycling events is in how you get the word out and attract participants. An event like Tulsa Tough has to bring in all kinds of riders from professional and club racers to fast, long-distance tour riders to average pedestrian riders of all sizes and abilities. The [...]

Getting Organized

Our goal at Tulsa Tough is to grow the rides to a sustainable level. Sustainable means participant numbers we can sustain over the long haul by creating touring rides people want to come back to and recommend. It also means growing ride participation to numbers that give us a strong income base to sustain the [...]

Not naturally a team player

I’ve always been better at doing it myself than delegating and managing. I guess that’s how I was taught. Not because that was the intentional lesson but that’s how my parents did it and theirs before them. But the Tulsa Tough Rides are way too big for that. It has to be a team effort.

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Good bicycle route marking

I put this on the DAM J.A.M. website about 2001. It’s still solid advice.

There’s really no excuse for poorly marked routes on bicycle events. All you really have to do is imagine what people are experiencing as they approach decision points on a bike ride and then do what it takes to remove the [...]