Denver Cruisers to be featured in Travel Channel pilot with off-season ride


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The Cruisers on the town.
The theme for tonight's ride is "retro ski wear." The footage is expected to turn up in It's Five O'Clock Somewhere, a Travel Channel pilot hosted by Bert Kreischer.

"They're trying to capture the look and the feel of the Cruiser Ride as much as possible," Evans says. "Everyone's gonna come out and be themselves."

The ride meets at 7 p.m. at the Ginn Mill, which will be providing a first round of drinks, followed by a short downtown ride. Then, it's on to the Corner Office for an after-party featuring live music from Human Agency.

Given the cold weather, Evans says he isn't expecting the thousands that sometimes show up to their rides. But he notes that there are already more than a hundred people who say they'll be attending on the Facebook event page.

He adds, "This is more of a theater piece."

Evans says it'll be nice for Cruisers to get attention that's not negative.

"We get so much crap -- it's nice to hear the positive stuff and get that recognition...rather than just drunk assholes on bikes," he says.

Plus, the reality spot further cements Denver's growth as a bike-friendly city.

"How do you build that bike culture? You put in the facilities, you have a great advocacy group...and our job is to drive the culture," he says, adding, "The vibrancy of every city isn't ever focused on one thing. This is another facet...of Denver."

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B-rad K. Evans
B-rad K. Evans

Our agreement to appear in this segment is because we love Denver. The more we can do to show the rest of the world how fun it is to socially ride bikes (even in December) in Denver, and highlight our city in a positive, fun and electrifying way - with hundreds of people smiling on bikes, I can't see any reason not to do it. I quote the host "when people see this, they are gonna want to come to Denver and ride bikes."

Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

I think it's cool it will be on the Travel Channel. I'm bummed I can't go. Not everyone who participates is a drunk idiot. There are a lot of us who just enjoy riding in a gigantic herd of bikes and having an excuse to see friends during the work week. But yes, there are quite a few drunk idiots. I'm okay with that. It's better than the "critical mass" thing.

Zachariah Siens
Zachariah Siens

Maybe the girls in their bras i saw wrestling in the fountain in Cheeseman

Andy Mason
Andy Mason

I wouldn't mind watching it for a minute or two while switching channels, but it's a lot less fun when they're passing out and vomiting on your lawn.

Andy Mason
Andy Mason

I wouldn't put it past the general public to want to see exactly that.

Jordana Sturaro
Jordana Sturaro

If the general public demands to see drunk cyclists in goofy attire and crashing into each other, then yes, Cruisers are made for TV.

Kendall Smith
Kendall Smith

Maybe Cops can film an episode at the same time...

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

It's only a matter of time before we get pot tourists trying to ride cruisers before getting DUID tickets.

Angela Lutz
Angela Lutz

Oh yes of course, give them bigger egos than they already have. Good idea.

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