Cyclists in the Women’s CAT 4/5 race fly past the starting line at the FC Tulsa Arts District Criterium on Saturday. Two weeks ago, Kimberly Pettit had no intention of racing in the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough.
The former professional had been embracing retirement for two years, now spending her days as a cycling coach for her own personal coaching brand, Kimmy Got Legs, where she coaches roughly 25 cyclists on average.
On Saturday morning, the second of three days compiling the event, Pettit found herself dressed in a spandex and helmet as a participant in the Ace Challenge — a side event not correlated with the pro races — of the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough. Flashbacks of her days as an active cyclist clouded her mind.
“It felt like a full circle moment kind of,” she said. “It was a little bit difficult to process. It was like, ‘alright, I’m doing this again.’”
But it wasn’t any ordinary bike race. This one was different. She didn’t agree to come out of retirement, participate in a typically 100-mile-long bike race for three hours because she yearned for competition. People are also reading…
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