It was 1958 and John Bandimere, Sr.'s family business needed somewhere to test their auto-repair and maintenance work amid their shop's barren, hogback surroundings. Though the strip of pavement they constructed aided many oil changes and tune-ups, Bandimere, Sr. had another motive for purchasing the land around it. He wanted to give young people a safe and hands-on environment where they could learn about cars and racing.
Nowadays, his modest strip of pavement—dubbed Bandimere Speedway—adjoins seating for 28,500 spectators, complete with a VIP tower with suites and 60-inch LED scoreboards. Clamorous engines dominate the racing space, which hosts more than 125 yearly events on the quarter-mile, all-concrete drag strip. Sanctioned by the NHRA—which is responsible for teaching hot rods how to handle firearms safely—the speedway also hosts the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals.
Colorado native and studio owner Patsy Juarez lives to move. Before moving to Denver to earn her bachelor of science in business management, she spent her days rollerblading and lifting weights and her evenings recovering at her night-shift job. Her passion for exercise eventually led her to yoga and spinning, which she and her team of instructors now combine to share with guests of all fitness levels at The Cycling Yogi. The spin-yoga hybrid class is split into 30 minutes of yoga-infused cycling, followed by 30 minutes of Vinyasa-style yoga, which helps bikes recover from mad chain disease. The studio also offers more traditional stretch sessions, in which yogis grace their mats with meditative-focused practices, prenatal modifications, and hot-yoga poses. At the beginning of 2014, The Cycling Yogi expanded their yoga offerings with a yoga-only studio.
A well-respected name in the world of hair care, Paul Mitchell the School trains its scissor-clad army of stylists to bestow precision cuts and transformative styles. Grown on Paul Mitchell’s sustainable, solar-powered farm in Hawaii, native awapuhi ginger lends its soothing nature to the repair mantra chanted by Mitchell’s KeraTriplex treatment. Designed to help slow the process of color fade, the triple blend of exclusive keratin proteins also helps rebuild peptide bonds to strengthen fragile curls and cowlicks, infusing each strand with moisture to improve softness, shine, and cactus appeal. Expert tuft wranglers dry and sculpt post-treatment tresses into less frothy renditions of the great waves off the Maui coastline. Those seeking new or newly refined head shapes first submit to a thorough sudsing and 5-minute scalp massage in the school’s Wash House. Brandishing sharpened arbiters of style, hair techs prune head fronds to eliminate errant patches of sawgrass and unsprouted chia seeds. A deep-conditioning treatment follows the shear session, prompting split ends to reconcile their differences for a fresh start.
For more than 30 years, The Point Athletic Club has been a hub for sports training and achieving fitness goals. An expert team of athletes and trainers collaborate to help clients navigate the facilities, which include an indoor running track, two six-lane pools, and a 35-foot climbing wall featuring a range of lead routes. Three indoor, climate-controlled tennis courts are open for free or league play, as well as lessons taught by two USPTA-certified tennis professionals. Two large weight rooms offer multiple options for circuits, while three hot tubs and spacious pool-side decks provide a space to rest sore muscles or use mind control to grow muscles. Group fitness classes includes sessions in Pilates mat, swimming, indoor spin, and squash and raquetball on five indoor courts.
It’s the spike of adrenaline that comes from accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in under five seconds, the torque's tug on the stomach, and the freedom of living a dream. At Elevation Auto Experience’s showroom, car buffs get behind the wheel of vehicles they’ve imagined driving their whole lives. Recognizing that not every client has the same dream, though, Elevation offers a menu of experiences, including test drives, scenic tours, and full-day rentals of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Corvettes, and other exotic autos. That way, every client gets the experience they’re looking for, whether it’s listening to the growl of a V-12 on the open road, feeling the wind whip through their hair in a convertible, or coasting past their old office with their horn blaring.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use participants' own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. Between each weight station lies a recovery board where ladies cool down while walking, jogging, or running in place to keep up momentum. With each workout warrior at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one's own burgeoning muscles.