After a muddy first edition that brought conditions worthy of a cyclocross race, Tulsa’s OK Hellway dirt criterium and track race are back for 2018. The spectator-friendly event is billed as a mixture of cyclocross, roller derby and track racing.
The event, hosted by Pentabike and Team Pentabike Cycling, will be held on Sunday, August 5 at the Fair Meadows Horse Racing Track in Tulsa, OK.
OK Hellway draws its inspiration from two non-off-road disciplines in road and track racing. The three events in 2018 are:
- Ten-lap dirt criterium around the 0.5-mile dirt track
- Team Hellway match races
- “Devil Take the Hindmost” track-inspired eliminator
The Devil Take the Hindmost race will begin with 30 riders on the dirt track. It is a “Miss ‘N Out” style race where the last rider in each lap is pulled from the race. When four riders are left and “One to Go” is called, the first rider over the line wins the race.
Teams of two will compete in the four-lap Team Hellway match races, with two teams squaring off head-to-head in each heat. The winner and their teammate move on to the next round.
The OK Hellway races are open to riders of all abilities, with a Women’s Open, A,B and C open races and Junior and kid’s races for the dirt crit. All types of bikes are welcome—cyclocross, mountain bike, fat bike, BMX. Run what you bring.
Racing at the Fair Meadows Horse Racing Track begins at 10am and is scheduled to run until 6 p.m. The full schedule for the day’s races is available here. The dirt crit is $20, the Team Hellway and Devil Take the Hindmost are $10 (on-site reg for both) and the Junior and kid’s race is free.