Cry Baby Hill: What to Expect
Cry Baby Hill is now one of Saint Francis Tulsa Tough’s most anticipated experiences. A relatively small area atop a hill on the River Parks Criterium course, this crowd grows bigger every year as friendly fans cheer on riders in their own unique style. How can you prep for this fan favorite? Here are a few pointers:
What to Expect:
Costumes → Start hitting up your local thrift shops now to join the crowd at the top of the hill. Over the years the costumes have gotten really good so bring your A game.
Witty Signs → You know you’ve been waiting to impress the world with your cleverness; slap it on a poster and be ready for a receptive crowd. Posters on Cry Baby Hill almost always guarantee a laugh.
Water → Tulsa can get hot in the summer, really hot. The hill the racers ride up adds to the heat so naturally the fans do their best to *cough* cool them back down. Water cannons, hoses, water buckets, cups of ice cold water are all directed towards the racers. People don’t always have the best aim so be prepared to get wet.
Babies → With a name like Cry Baby Hill, you should pretty much bet on seeing baby doll homage all over the place. Fans wave these mini-mascots wildly as they cheer on the riders. (You can bring a matching costume for your baby doll too!)
Live Music → Not quite sure where these people come from, but they are always there and they are always jamming. Wear your dancing shoes. There will be dancing.
What NOT to Expect:
Normal Spectating Fanfare → … this is meant in the best way possible. If you’re looking to have a routine, cheering and spectating experience you’ll want to go down the hill. Cry Baby Hill rivals the running devils of the European Grand Tours and all the drama that frenzied fans and hard-working riders bring to what has got to be the most memorable race in the country.
And of course you can always watch this….