It was never supposed to happen like this... About the middle of the third year, Damon and I laughingly said to one another at the same moment "it can't get any bigger than this, can it?" Fast-forward to 2012 and thousands of costumed riders come out from every corner of the city, in costume, for a night of fun, friends and a little bit of mayhem.
We've always had the "rules" of the cruiser ride, and while the first two original ones were "don't talk about it..." It was only a matter of time that word got out about this fun time we were having on a weekly basis. Plus, it was nearly impossible to keep people from telling their friends why they were hungover or feebly trying to explain to their co-workers why they still had zombie makeup on their face the next day at work. It was never our intention to become host to one of the largest weekly rides of its kind. The fact of the matter was that we liked to ride bikes, have fun and drink... and as it turns out, so did a lot of other folks.
What could have easily decended into complete and utter chaos, as it turns out, is quite the opposite. By appearances only, the Denver Cruiser Ride is an un-organized weekly flash mob filled with drunken hooligans. However, it is anything but this. Every summer, several dedicated individuals spend thousands of hours of their "free" time carefully orchestrating these weekly rides; from theme selections, to route planning, to meeting with city officials and police, to co-ordinating with establishments throughout the city to host this mass of fun loving bicycle riders.
The Denver Cruiser Ride is far from an anarchist free-for-all. Instead it's a well-oiled machine that supports the concept of fun and the freedom that can only be had at the helm of a two (and sometimes three)-wheeled contraption called a bicycle.
Try it, you'll like it.