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.
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 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.
The engaging guides at Boulder Walking Tours seize the attention of curious kids and knowledge-thirsty adults alike with insights about Boulder, delving into its notable landmarks, history, and culture. The leisurely, 90-minute stroll-a-thon travels through Boulder's central pioneer neighborhoods, allowing walkers to gaze longingly at such storied buildings as the Boulderado Hotel and the Greek-style Carnegie Library. Tour groups will revisit some of the city's most notable moments—including the creation of the Pearl Street Mall and the winning bid for the University of Colorado's flagship campus—snap photos of the famous house used in Mork and Mindy, and learn about NPR's Boulder-based radio program, eTown. A visit to a drinking fountain sourced from a glacier flings imaginations back to Boulder’s Ice Age days, when early settlers first discovered that stabbing a glacier with a drinking fountain would produce water. Sundays bring free parking to several of Boulder's downtown parking garages, allowing multicar groups and old-timey wagon trains to stop without a toll.
Operating out of a farm in Broomfield, Denver's Fairytale Carriage Rides provides romantic carriage rides through the countryside. Those who venture out to the farm can ride a pony or get up close and personal with horses and other four-legged friends at the petting zoo.