Denver Cruiser Ride 2014 season kickoff: Are you ready?

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More photos below.
Tonight at 7 p.m., the Denver Cruiser Ride will kick off its 2014 season -- but not in its usual location. Gathering at Civic Center Park is off due to American Ninja Warrior tryouts, so the DCR Facebook page notes that the city is shutting down a portion of 14th Street for an opening night party featuring the theme Reds & Robes.

To get you ready for this annual rite, we've collected some of the best photos from 2013 rides supplemented by a special bonus: Michael Diorio's DCR-friendly rewrite of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Check it all out below.

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Tonight's theme, as depicted on the Denver Cruiser Ride Facebook page.
"Twas the Night Before the First Denver Cruiser Ride"
By Michael Diorio

'Twas the night before the 1st Cruiser Ride and all through the city Not a person was stirring, not even p-diddy
The bikes were all hung in the garages with care
In the hopes that St. Brad, soon would be there

The Cruisers were all nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of the COD danced in their heads
And my sugar mamma in her 'kerchief and I in my cap
Had just settled down for a long summers nap

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Click to see the complete Best of Denver Cruisers 2013 slide show.
When out on the streets there arose such a clatter
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash

The moon on the breast of the newly paved road
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a Red B-cycle and 12 Scorchers in gear

With a little old rider, so lively and rad
I knew in a moment, it must be St. Brad
More rapid than Honey Badgers, his Scorchers they came
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name

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Click to see the complete Best of Denver Cruisers 2013 slide show.
Now Damon, Now Jeff, now Amy and Brian
On Steve O, on Nick, on Eva, on Dan,
On Brenda, on Andrew, on Shoshana and Amber
To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall
Now ride away, ride away, ride away all

As route maps that before the Chinook winds fly
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky
So up to the bike paths, the Scorchers they flew
With saddle bags full of bells and PBR's, and St. Brad too

And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little foot
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around
Down the chimney St. Brad came with a bound

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Click to see the complete Best of Denver Cruisers 2013 slide show.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot
And his clothes were all tarnished with bike grease and soot
A bundle of cruiser bells and license plates he had flung on his back And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack

His eyes, how they twinkled, His dimples how merry
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow
And the grips on his Schwinn were as white as the snow

The tip of a beer bottle he held tight in his teeth
And the beer foam it encircled his mouth like a wreath
He had a broad face and a little beer belly
That shook when he laughed like a bowl of KY jelly

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Click to see the complete Best of Denver Cruisers 2013 slide show.
He was lanky and lean, a right jolly old elf
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of my self
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
And filled all the bike baskets, then turned with a jerk
And placing his finger inside of his nose
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose

He sprang to his B-cycle, to his Scorchers gave a whistle
And away they all rode, like the down on a thistle
But I heard him exclaim, as he rode out of sight
Happy cruising to all and to all a good ride!

Continue getting ready for the kickoff to the Denver Cruiser Ride's 2014 season by checking out more of the best photos from last year's events.


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32 comments
Kurt Dzaman
Kurt Dzaman

Marisa Pooley - we need to find you a bike! :)

yep.
yep.

Denver Cruisers would be great-- *would be*-- if it wasnt for the assholes throwing trash, being super noisy, not letting cars go through, and yelling at people who have actual jobs and situations to get to. Not every rider is this way, but whenever they come through our neighborhood, we can always expect garbage, noise, co9ngestion, drunken cyclists causing near-accidents...basic moronic behavior. Just because youre on a bike with the pack doesnt make you above anything or anybody else. These people, by and large, are total assholes. Denver Cruisers are nothing but an assholish nuisance on wheels.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

Don't poke the bear if you don't want to get slapped little man.

Travis Dykers
Travis Dykers

I apologize for being an asshole, to an asshole my denver peeps.... some people just have to ruin the day!

Travis Dykers
Travis Dykers

Nope, I have mine. I have respect, something you seem to lack! Both of your comments is in fact what a bratty child is all about, brotha. Speaking of names... ya its not the best in my view but its what I was given to represent, says the child with an awesome name such as Clayton. Sucks doesn't it! Did your parents not teach you respect and proper morals?? what a shame... Now Clayton, I'm done with your BS and FYI you don't want to know whats behind the name Dykers... SO be done as I am too.

Rachel Vela
Rachel Vela

Oooh right...that rain. Let's hope it doesn't! I'll keep an eye out for you too cuz! :)

Alicia N Phil Fresquez
Alicia N Phil Fresquez

Rachel Vela Hey cuz. If the rain stays away I will be out and about. I'll try and find you at the circle of death! XO Think I'm rolling out from the Highlands area with some friends.

Sylas Cooley
Sylas Cooley

Great a bunch of obnoxious dicks hollering, blasting some form of bad EDM & throwing trash everywhere throughout Baker. Wonderful!

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

Awe someone's trying to get himself some. Did it work? Love your last name BTW, must have been a load of fun growing up...but it appears you're still doing that.

Rachel Vela
Rachel Vela

Why do people insist on following the page if they're just going to be negative and bitch? I don't understand. Too bad we get them in a bad mood, we're bouts to have a grand ol' time on some bikes!

Rachel Vela
Rachel Vela

ahh I know!! I kept meaning to ask if you'd be down?! :)

Ashley Grayson
Ashley Grayson

See you guys at the Funky Buddha for the official AFTER PARTY and costume contest $100 bar tab to the winner!! Next week we will be giving out a Cruzan Beach Cruiser !!

Travis Dykers
Travis Dykers

And FUCK the rest of you for liking his shitty ass comment!

Travis Dykers
Travis Dykers

Yo cock smooch, keep your nasty comments to yourself! If you knew these two beautiful ladies and what they actually do for a living you'd prob feel like the DB you just presented all of us with anyway. Way to go loser! You prob need a hug or something positive...

Travis Dykers
Travis Dykers

Logan Wallace Jen Busch I spy my friends! hahaha Leah Schmelzer Doug Simons Jr

Mark Zee
Mark Zee

I so look forward to running into these fools tonight. On my way to Office Depot this afternoon!

Andrea Antoine
Andrea Antoine

Thanks for reminding me, now I know it's time to avoid downtown on Wednesday nights.

Matt Chu
Matt Chu

Michael Diorio you made the press!

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

Nice to see those two come down off the pole for a night of bike riding.

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