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Video: Denver Cruisers Explain Why Wednesday Night Ride Is Their Crack

Each week throughout the summer, we've been documenting the Denver Cruiser Ride, which has become a Wednesday night tradition in Denver -- including tomorrow night, when the scheduled theme is "Pirates, Sea Men & Mermaids." Why do so many cyclists turn out week after week? To find out, videographer Anthony Martin went along for a recent ride to get an inside look at the phenomenon. Check out what he saw here.

See also: Photos: Can You Guess the Theme of This Week's Denver Cruiser Ride?

Photos: Can You Guess the Theme of This Week's Denver Cruiser Ride?

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Photo by Marissa Shevins. See more below.
Judging by the photos our Marissa Shevins brought back from this week's Denver Cruiser Ride, we might have had a tough time guessing the theme if we didn't already know what it was. Some riders followed it pretty closely, others tweaked it in interesting ways and a slew of folks simply did their own thing. We answer the question at the bottom of the post. Check out the photos below.

See also: Photos: Tight and Bright Ride Puts the Squeeze on Every Part of the Denver Cruisers

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Photos: Tight and Bright Ride Puts the Squeeze on Every Part of the Denver Cruisers

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More photos by Marissa Shevins below.
The theme of the latest Denver Cruiser ride was "Tight and Bright" -- and as you can see, a lot of the participants took the concept to heart...and to other parts of their anatomy. Our Marissa Shanks captured the action. Check out a sampling of her top shots and click to see the complete Denver Cruisers Get Tight and Bright slide show.

See also: Photos: Denver Cruisers' Road Warrior Riders Enjoy the Apocalypse

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Photos: Denver Cruisers' Road Warrior Riders Enjoy the Apocalypse

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Photo by Jake Shane. More pics below.
This week's Denver Cruiser Ride theme was "Road Warriors," and that was appropriate, since the weather was positively apocalyptic -- or at least it rained a bit. That didn't stop the Cruisers, though, and as a bonus, their end-of-the-world costumes helped repel the moisture. Check out Jake Shane's photos of the fun below.

See also: Denver Cruisers' Seven Deadly Sins photos: Give in to temptation!

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Reddit-Hyped "Hash Hike" on 14er Under Attack by "Pompous A$$holes"

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Climbers on Mt. Bierstadt. Additional images and videos below.
News flash: Plenty of people in Colorado regularly engage in outdoor recreational activities after using marijuana. But the notion of a so-called "Hash Hike," slated to take place on (we're pretty sure) Saturday morning on a nearby 14er, has resulted in online vibe-harshing between the Reddit users coordinating it and more traditional climbers. Details below.

See also: CU-Boulder Student's Rescue After Mushroom-Fueled Strip During Hike Goes National

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Photos: Denver Cruisers Whip Out Their Big (Top) Pee-wee

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Photo by Jake Shane
More photos below.
This week's Denver Cruiser Ride theme pays tribute to one of cinema's greatest masterpieces -- 1988's circus-centric Big Top Pee-wee -- on the occasion of star Paul Reubens's birthday. Some riders got their Pee-wee on, as it were, while others let their inner animals out of the cage. Photographer Jake Shane was on hand to capture the action. Check out a sampling of his best shots below and click to see the complete Denver Cruisers Celebrate Pee-wee Herman and the Circus slide show.

See also: Denver Cruisers' Seven Deadly Sins photos: Give in to temptation!

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Photos: 20 Weirdest Things for Sale at Auction of DIA Lost and Found Items and More

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More photos below.
People take plenty of weird things with them when they travel -- and now you can own some of it. Beginning this morning at 8 a.m., City Surplus Warehouse, at 671 South Jason Street, registration begins for an auction of DIA lost and found items, plus unclaimed, lost or stolen stuff that wound up in police custody -- and a lot of it is plenty strange.

Continue to count down our picks for the weirdest or most memorable items available, supplemented by photos of selected merchandise. That's followed by complete auction details. Check it out below.

See also: Colorado Will Hold Its First Vanity-Plate Auction

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USA Pro Challenge 2014: Everything You Need to Know About All Seven Stages

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Additional photos and more below.
A lot's changed with the USA Pro Challenge bike race since it was announced in August 2010. For one thing, it was initially called the Quiznos Pro Challenge. For another, the two people at center stage for the big unveil were Bill Ritter, who's no longer Colorado's governor, and Lance Armstrong, currently known as the biggest liar on the planet.

Nonetheless, the 2014 version of the USA Pro Challenge, beginning today and running through August 24, looks to be the biggest and best race in the series thus far. Below, we've got photo-illustrated details about all seven stages, including maps and a profile showing the incredible elevation changes from the kickoff in the Aspen area to the grand finale in Boulder and Denver. Check them out below -- and for even more information, click here.

See also: Lance Armstrong helps people remember Bill Ritter's still governor at bike race announcement

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Photos: Denver Cruisers Ask Who's Hotter -- Drag Queens or Dungeon Dominatrixes?

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Photo by Marissa Shevins
More photos below.
It's not unusual for Denver Cruisers to look good -- but for this week's ride, Dungeons & Drag Queens, participants looked good in very different ways. See what we mean by checking out photos of the fun snapped by Marissa Shevins.

See also: Photos: "S" Stands for "Sexy" and a Lot More on Denver Cruisers Ride

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Photos: "S" Stands for "Sexy" and a Lot More on Denver Cruisers Ride

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Photo by Marissa Shevins
More photos below.
This week's Denver Cruiser Ride theme revolved around the letter "S." That left a lot of room for creativity, and as usual, the riders took advantage. Check out a sampling of shots from photog Marissa Shevins below.

See also: Photos: Denver Cruisers Celebrate Christmas (and Every Other Holiday) in July

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