Denver 16th Street Mall

Weekend in Denver

Cover: 16th Street Mall at night in Denver
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Article by Kim Hull


We swung by Denver this weekend to check out what was new at the annual SnowSports Industries America (SIA15) Snow Show, grabbed a few bites at some of our favorite places, and even got a surprise snowfall.

Volkl skis at SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado
Volkl skis at SIA Snow Show 2015 in Denver, Colorado
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Denver is such a great walking city. When we lived here our apartment was in the Riverfront between LoDo and Highlands and we only got our car out about once a week.

We had a view of the Colorado Rockies ballpark from our couch and Sports Authority field from our bedroom.

Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
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Strolling along the 16th street mall brought back many great memories of bike rides, hikes, lots of beer and some awesome food. Speaking of awesome food – after SIA on Saturday, we headed to Boulder to one of our favorite restaurants, Carelli’s. Upscale casual, Carelli’ makes a great sauce, amazing bread and has a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Carelli's of Boulder, Colorado
Carelli’s of Boulder, Colorado
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While a trace of snow was predicted for overnight, we woke up to about 7 inches.

Boulder snow
Boulder snow
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No visit to the Denver area would be complete without a visit to Cherry Creek, which meant lunch at the Cherry Creek Grill, where the Macho Salad is a must. A  combination of avocado, corn, tomato, scallions, almonds, dates, cornbread croutons, mixed greens, goat cheese and vinaigrette (and chicken for non-vegetarians), the salad is ridiculously good and has a great story behind it.

As the story goes – someone working at a zoo nearby had the then otherwise-named salad for lunch and took their leftovers back. A gorilla named, you guessed it, Macho, was sick and hadn’t been eating. The gorilla wanted the salad, ate it, felt better and the zookeeper went back and told the restaurant the story and they renamed the salad.

Macho salad at Cherry Creek Grill, Denver, Colorado
Macho salad at Cherry Creek Grill, Denver, Colorado
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And, by the way, if any part of that story isn’t true – I don’t want to know.


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A weekend in Denver
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Elephant Rock Cycling Festival

eRockin’ it at Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
Elephant Rock Cycling Festival

What a great way to spend a Sunday in early June – with more than 7500 other cyclists, riding through the beautiful Colorado hills near Castle Rock at the Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival.

Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
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Cyclists of all ages and abilities unite for a great day in the saddle, followed by the Party at the Rock post-ride picnic and cycling expo.The Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, which is one of the largest cycling events in Colorado.

Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
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A course for everyone

  • With an 8-mile family course, 34-, 62- and 100-mile road rides, and a 25-mile off-road course, there’s something for everyone.
  • 8-mile family course. For beginners and families,  the Elephant Rock 8-mile family course includes interesting terrain and awesome views of the Rockies.
  • 25-mile off-road course. The Elephant Rock 25-mile fat tire course winds through hills, high plains and canyons around Castle Rock on a combination of dirt roads, paved roads and bike paths.
  • 34-mile road ride.  A challenging 1/3 century course, the Elephant Rock 34-mile road course has a total elevation gain of 2,147 ft and tours through rolling hills with views of Pikes Peak.
  • 62-mile road ride. The Elephant Rock Metric Century course traverses the high plains between Denver and Colorado Springs, with a total elevation gain of 3,336 ft.
  • 100-mile road course. The Elephant Rock Century course adds a challenging 38-mile loop through the Black Forest to the 62-mile course, for a total elevation gain of 5,944 ft.
Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
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Safety and support

Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
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Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
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  • Riders must be 14 years of age or older for the 62- and 100-mile courses and tagalong bike trailers and burley style trailers are not permitted on the 100 & 62 mile courses.
  • Aid-stations are positioned every 10-18 miles with fresh fruit, snacks, water and porta-potties.
  • Sag wagons with water and road assistance roam the courses to help riders experiencing mechanical trouble or those who become too fatigued to finish. However, cyclists should be prepared to handle their own flats and minor repairs.
  • Elephant Rock is always one of the best “law enforcement-supported” rides thanks to the Colorado State Patrol, The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, the El Paso County Sheriffs Department, and the Castle Rock Police Department.
Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
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Party at the eRock

The post-ride Elephant Rock party includes a vendor Expo, lunch and prizes.

Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
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Team Zimbabwe

Team Zimbabwe
Team Zimbabwe
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This year we joined Team Zimbabwe, riding with 53 others to help improve the lives of thousands of children in the Murewa region of Zimbabwe.

A portion of Team Zimbabwe riders’ registration fee and additional donations are contributed to the Zimbabwe Mission Partnership.

The Zimbabwe Mission Partnership assists in providing resources to deliver daily meals, clean water, clothing, medical care, education assistance and other much-needed support for nearly 1,000 orphans and the surrounding community.

Through the efforts of supporters, government school fees are being paid to allow them to attend school, and a medical clinic is providing care to children with various illnesses, including HIV.

A great organization helping those who need it most – and a great day of cycling!

Team Zimbabwe, Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
Team Zimbabwe, Elephant Rock Cycling Festival
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