Rocky Top Glide leverages the energy-conserving powers of the Segway Human Transporter, allowing tour-takers to effortlessly travel city blocks to explore landmarks such as Confluence Park, the Denver Art Museum, and the State Capitol in one fell swoop. Riders follow their guides on a path that snakes toward Coors Field in lower downtown, alongside the streams of the Cherry Creek Trail, and through the central business district's money fields before landing back at the starting point. Meanwhile, the knowledgable guides provide backstories and anecdotes for the sights and sounds that their followers experience.
Denver Bike Bar takes going out to bars to a whole new level. The 16-person bike zooms from bar to bar at the direction of a designated driver, freeing passengers from the responsibilities of driving and accidentally becoming a taxi. Though guests cannot drink alcohol aboard the bike, they can imbibe during frequent stops at local microbreweries in LoDo.
The pedal-pushing pedagogues at Boulder Indoor Cycling introduce seasoned mountain or road bikers to the domed domain of track cycling in a safe, three-week intermediate program. During three two-hour classes, pupils prepare for the track certification, which enables them to ride during Boulder Indoor Cycling’s open-riding times and can easily be traded for a college diploma. Expert instructors teach classes of no more than 10 students how to whip aerodynamic bikes around a velodrome and stay in a single-file paceline to reduce air resistance and hide their numbers from bicycle hunters.
As recently as 2011, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index indicated Boulder, Colorado as the skinniest city in the United States. Since the pedestrian-friendly city rests in the cradle of the Rocky Mountain foothills, with plenty of nearby opportunities to hike, the ranking is perhaps no surprise to Boulder's 100,000 residents. It certainly comes as no surprise to guides at Boulder Walking Tours, who make their living showing off the city's footpaths through its downtown historic districts, and nearby wilderness.
On one of their signature tours, guides take up to eight guests to explore Boulder's still-operational Chautauqua campus, where an adult-educational movement has thrived since the late 19th century. The morning-long tour benefits from stunning views of the Flatirons, deftly told anecdotes of local Chautauquans, and historical photographs that show off how far picture-taking technology has come.
The pool at Ocean First Divers is warmed to 88 degrees to wrap students in a watery safety blanket as they venture out of their element. As a classroom for swimming and scuba-diving lessons, the pool boasts a gradient bottom that deepens in slow increments from 4 to 12 feet. Though Ocean First Divers now trains scores of students in swimming and scuba each year, the dive center was originally founded to advocate for the ocean’s unique ecosystems. The organization was so successful in its mission that it has claimed PADI’s Environmental Achievement Award every year since the prize’s inception. Now, the dive center's creative conservation efforts include group trips to Key Largo, Fiji, Indonesia, Mexico, and the Galápagos Islands, where students get a firsthand look at why these one-of-a-kind ecosystems are worth protecting, and, alternatively, the detrimental environmental effects of litter left by Charles Darwin.
The Urban Assault Ride challenges cyclists to speed from obstacle course to obstacle course across their city during eco-friendly scavenger hunts that benefit local charities. Teams draft a road map to try to thwart the competition and be the first to complete the race, pausing at a series of checkpoints, where they must surmount such active roadblocks as slip 'n' slides, bike jousting, and reciting the Iliad in Pig Latin. The first team to conquer each challenge and cross the finish line is declared the victor, but all participants celebrate their efforts at a lively after-party stocked with snacks, beer, nonalcoholic drinks, and prizes.