Annual St. Francis Tulsa Tough Kicks Off In Downtown Tulsa


Friday, June 11th 2021, 8:20 am
By: Brooke Griffin


TULSA, Oklahoma -

The annual St. Francis Tulsa Tough competition kicks off Friday night for a weekend full of festivities, cycling and cheering, but as with any downtown event comes road closures in the area.

Tulsa Tough canceled their event in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but they have resumed their normal planning for this year’s competition. Event organizers expect roughly 10,000 people to attend each event.

Road closures for the event are spread out over the next three days starting with Friday morning at 7 a.m. in the Blue Dome District with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd streets blocked off between Detroit and Greenwood. This area will be closed until 2 a.m.

On Saturday at 6 a.m. the area shifts to the Tulsa Arts District with closures between Boulder and MLK Jr. Blvd and Easton and Brady street, which is the loop around Guthrie Green.

Sunday’s lineup begins at 5 a.m. in the 15th Street and Riverside portion of Tulsa and continues through Sunday afternoon.

Click Here To See A Full Map Of The Road Closures

The specific list of times and racing groups are listed below from the tulsatough.com website.


McNellie's Group Blue Dome Criterium - Third Street & Elgin Avenue

START TIME       RACE CATEGORIES                    

  1. 5:00 pm    -    Men's CAT III
  2. 5:45 pm    -    Masters 40+ A (Cat1/2)
  3. 6:30 pm    -    Opening Ceremony
  4. 6:45 pm    -    Men's CAT I/II
  5. 7:35 pm   -    Women's Pro I/II (PRT)
  6. 8:30 pm    -    Men's Pro I (PRT)

Women’s Pro I/II awards ceremony at conclusion of men’s race

Men’s Pro I awards ceremony following women’s awards ceremony


Saturday, June 12, 2021   

Packet Pick-Up for Gran Fondos 6:00 – 7:00 a.m.

Gran Fondos - John Hope Franklin Boulevard & 201 N. Elgin Avenue

  1. 7:00 am - Fondo Rider Staging
  2. 7:30 am - Start time - ACE Peloton
  3. 7:40 am - Start time - Fondo Riders (Gran, Medio, Piccolo)
  4. 5:00 pm - All courses close, route support ends

FC Tulsa Arts District Criterium - Brady Street & Boston Avenue

 START TIME       RACE CATEGORIES                    

  1. 9:30 am     -    MEN’S MASTERS B (CAT III, IV)
  2. 10:15 am    -    MEN’S CAT V 35+
  3. 10:50 am    -    MEN’S CAT V UNDER 35
  4. 11:25 pm    -    WOMEN'S CAT IV/V 
  5. 12:00 pm    -    WOMEN’S CAT III
  6. 12:00 pm    -    WOMEN'S MASTERS 40+ 
  7. 12:45 pm    -    MEN’S CAT IV 
  8. 1:30 pm     -   JUNIORS
  9. 2:05 pm     -   KIDS (AGES 9 AND UNDER) 
  10. 2:25 pm     -   MEN’S MASTERS A (CAT I/II) 
  11. 3:30 pm     -   MEN'S CAT III 
  12. 4:35 pm     -   MEN'S CAT I/II 
  13. 5:50 pm     -   WOMEN'S PRO I/II (PRT)  
  14. 6:55 pm     -   MEN'S PRO I (PRT) 

Women’s Pro I/II awards ceremony at conclusion of men’s race

Men’s Pro I awards ceremony following women’s awards ceremony


Sunday, June 13, 2021   

Packet Pick-Up for Gran Fondos 6:00 – 7:00 a.m.

Gran Fondo - 15th Street & Riverside Drive

  1. 7:00 am - Fondo Rider Staging
  2. 7:30 am - Start time - Fondo Riders (Medio, Piccolo)
  3. 2:00 pm - All courses close, route support ends

River Parks Criterium - 15th Street & Riverside Drive

 START TIME   RACE CATEGORIES                    

  1. 8:00 am     -   MEN’S MASTERS B (CAT III, IV)
  2. 8:35 am     -   MEN’S CAT V 35+
  3. 9:10 am     -   MEN’S CAT V UNDER 35
  4. 9:45 am     -   WOMEN'S CAT IV/V 
  5. 10:20 am    -   WOMEN’S CAT III
  6. 10:20 am    -   WOMEN'S MASTERS 40+ 
  7. 11:00 am    -   MEN’S CAT IV 
  8. 11:45 am    -   JUNIORS
  9. 12:20 pm   -   MEN'S MASTER’S A (CAT I/II) 
  10. 1:10 pm     -   KIDS (AGES 9 AND UNDER) 
  11. 1:25 pm     -   MEN'S CAT III 
  12. 2:15 pm     -   TOWNIE RIDE START
  13. 2:25 pm     -   MEN'S CAT I/II 
  14. 3:30 pm     -   WOMEN'S PRO I/II 
  15. 4:35 pm     -   MEN'S PRO I 

Women’s Pro I/II awards ceremony at conclusion of men’s race

Men’s Pro I awards ceremony following women’s awards ceremony


TOWNIE RIDE – 15TH STREET AND GALVESTON AVENUE

Mass start at 2:15 p.m.