City, O’ City & the Udon Addiction

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Grab a friend and sit under this cool chandelier. Denverspeax, 2015.

It’s true – we’ve been holding out on you.

City, O’ City is a restaurant that we visit on the regular, and have never written about. There are numerous factors that make up our decision to return repeatedly,… and part addiction to their Udon. Read on, my foodie friends! Continue reading

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Summer 2015 Kids Arts, Crafts, & Fashion Camp at ShareDenver

At least once per day, I think about Summer Camp growing up.

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I went to Summer Camp every summer in New Orleans, LA, as both of my parents worked. My younger sister, Cat (pictured with me below), older brother, Walker, and I (Kirsten) hung out at Little Farms Day Camp in River Ridge, Louisiana, for  nearly three months every summer for about a little over half of a decade. Continue reading

Spring Patios to Visit in Denver

SPRING IS HERE, and we’ve got patios on the brain. Here’s a list of a few of our faves and where in Denver you can find them.

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Denver Bike Cafe. DenverSpeax, Spring 2014.

#1. Denver Bike Cafe – 1308 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO

We often hang out at DBC to study, meet with Denverspeax partners, and simply relax. They serve coffee, brews, and food with a smile on their faces and rad music playing. Check out DBC for their beer & cheese tastings that they hold out on the patio in the summer, too – they’re big supporters of local businesses and hosting local events spotlighting them. Also, hooray for picnic table seating! Click here to read more about this cool place on DenverSpeaxContinue reading

The Hipster Speed Ball – The Student’s Drink of Choice

“Hipster Speedball”. Well, that immediately sounds drug related. No worries – it’s not. Just a new, funny nickname for a beer combination I had this afternoon at the delightful Denver Bicycle Cafe.

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Thanks, Denver Bike Cafe, for the great brew! I feel accomplished and relaxed. Goal achieved. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, 2014.

 

1 part Wynkoop Cow Town Milk Stout & 1 part espresso, the Hipster Speedball is the perfect craft brew choice for the student trying to hammer out some work. Visit Denver Bike Cafe today to party with them on their 3rd birthday! Cake at 7 pm MST sharp. Don’t be late.

 

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Babes in Bikeland 8 – Denver She Devils Take Minneapolis

Saturday, September 13th, marked the day of the 8th annual Babes in Bikeland event, bringing over 400 women / transgender / femme bike riders together to roam the streets of Minneapolis.

Take care to note that this was a 20+ mile bike race, the distance depending on the efficiency of your mapped route. With both a manifest of destinations and a time limit provided, how you finished (or mapped your route) was up to you! This is no small feat for even those familiar with the territory of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. So, you may ask, what made so many individuals want to participate in this annual race? What makes this race so special?

The answer to that definitely presented itself before the day of the race. Continue reading

Zombie Crawl 2014 – Who’s getting excited?

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After last year’s craziness, we can’t wait for this year’s Zombie Crawl. More info coming soon, but to get registered right away, click here.

Here’s the tentative agenda for the day, October 18th:

  • 9:00 am – Organ Trail
  • 12:00 – Makeup and costume help
  • 2:00 pm – Kickoff!
  • 3:00 pm – Widows Bane
  • 3:55 pm – Thriller!
  • 4:00 pm – Zombie Crawl Parade down 16th St.
  • 5:30 pm – Costume Contests @ Skyline Park
  • 8:00 pm – Zombie Crawl after parties at Casselman’s and Meadowlark

For more info, visit the official site to look into “Killer Deal” wrist bands (totally getting these this year for deals on food & beer!) and other info regarding the after parties. Zombie Prom, anyone?! Yes, please!

DenverSpeax hopes to have a big crew there, so please don’t be shy and contact us if you’d like to hang! Let’s get a big group together and have a blast at this *FREE* event. Maybe include a little bike riding action in our sweet get ups?!

 

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The Denver Botanic Gardens & Dale Chihuly

Taking a trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens not only revitalizes your mind and spirit, but can also help with reconnection for different levels of relationships. It’s not hard to relax and admire the beauty surrounding you with someone else!

We last saw the Chihuly Exhibit a few years ago in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; when we heard it was coming to Denver, we could hardly wait, remembering how beautiful it was in one of our home towns.

As an added bonus, from now until November 30th, you can check out the amazing Chihuly exhibit at our very own Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Chihuly Exhibit. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Sept 2014

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Denverspeax Top 5: The US Pro Challenge Experience

This past Sunday, the US Pro Challenge provided a front-row seat to those in Denver. The streets we ride everyday suddenly became very important routes while cowbells and cheers echoed throughout the streets.

Living in Cap Hill, multiple chunks of this epic race were only BLOCKS away, and easily accessible for spectators. From a Denverspeax perspective, here are the Top 5 Reasons that the US Pro Challenge rocks (outside of the race itself, of course):

 

#1: Sponsored Bike Corrals
Thanks, Denver Bicycle Cafe! There’s nothing like being able to walk around the US Pro Challenge knowing that your bike is safe and sound.

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For more on the Denver Bike Cafe, click on the picture! Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Aug 2014.

 

 

#2: Food Trucks and Big Screens
Kudos to the Crock Spot for dishing up deliciousness in Civic Center alongside other Denver Food Trucks. Our “Build Your Own” dish we opted for below included the following:

  • 1/2 Fluffy cous cous
  • 1/2 Thai Jasmine fried rice
  • Shredded Chicken
  • Chimichuri Sauce
  • Add veggies

Crock Spot is most definitely social media stalk-worthy, voted #1 by 5280 Magazine in 2013.

Smashburger provided the hugest screen we’ve ever seen for race coverage. This was invaluable as it was nearly impossible to get back to the Center once you joined in spectating on the streets of the actual routes.

Big screens, soft grass to sit down on, and delicious food? Fantastic!

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Mmmm…. delicious! Filling, but not stuffing – Crock Spot is where it’s at! Click on this picture to visit their website and check out the menu. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Aug 2014

 

 

#3. Awesome Vendors with Awesome Schwag!
Pictured below, Primal provides the best cycling apparel in town, making any team look like a million bucks. Make sure you check out their custom work as well by visiting their site. Thanks for the cool draw-string bags, guys!

Other vendors, like Clif Bar and Sierra Nevada, also made their presence known by filling every square inch of sidewalk surrounding  Civic Center Park.

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Click on the picture to check out all the goodness that Primal Wear has to offer! Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Aug 2014

 

#4. Hanging with Friends
The US Pro Challenge is a celebration in Denver, and who better to celebrate with than your buds?! At an event like this, it isn’t difficult to run into many people you know and love.

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Awesome time hanging with friends at the US Pro Challenge. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Aug 2014

 

 

#5. Viewing Colorado’s Capitol building in the background the whoooole time
What’s cooler than seeing that beautiful, shiny, golden top wave at you all day while you enjoy one of the best bike races in the world?

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What a beautiful day in the Capitol! Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Aug 2014.

Not much, my friends. Not much.

Next year, we’ve decided that we need to have a party pre-US Pro Challenge. Maybe set up right on the route! Luckily, next year, we’ll have all of the cowbells we collected from this year to help cheer on all of the riders!

Share your favorite Pro Challenge memories below – what were your Top 5 favorite things? 

 

 

All About BIKES! Month on DenverSpeax

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Denverspeax archive: Kirsten’s first bike race. Photo Credit: July 2013.

 

Yes, we know that May is supposed to be super-duper, special Bike Month, but here at DenverSpeax, we want to make the next month dedicated to ALL THINGS BIKING. We can’t wait around until May 2015.

 

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Grabbing ice cream and riding bikes – tough life. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Summer 2014

 

And, when we say “all things biking” we really mean it.
Check out these upcoming events, and feel free to participate: 

 

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Thursday, August 28th, 2014 – Bike Denver‘s Cycle In Cinema
7:30 PM REI Denver Parking Lot
We will ride from Cap Hill to Denver’s REI Parking Lot to watch
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure on the Big Screen outside!
(Event is *FREE* with a Bike Denver membership)

Friday, August 29th, 2014 – Denver She Devils Babes in Bikeland Fundraiser
7:00 PM Denver Bicycle Cafe
Auction, fundraiser, raffles, and give-aways of sweet BIKE THINGS
to raise money for the Denver She Devils’ trip to Minneapolis’ Babes in Bikeland Alleycat race.
(Event is *FREE*, however donations gladly appreciated)

Saturday, September 6th, 2014 – New Belgium’s Tour de Fat 
Registration: 10:00 AM
Bike Parade: 11 – 12 PM
Party in City Park West with New Belgium: 12 – 5 PM
Costumes are strongly encouraged for the parade!
(Admission is *FREE*, registration required, all proceeds at party benefitting Bike Denver & Denver Cruisers)

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 – Babes in Bikeland Alleycat Race
Cheer on your Denver She Devils that will be riding their hearts out
on an approximately 30 mile Alleycat race in Minneapolis, MN.
(If you are interested in participating in this race with the She Devils, please get in contact with either
The Denver She Devils or Denverspeax).

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Filming the video for CitySpeax. Denverspeax archive: May 2014.

As additional events pop up, we will be sure to let you all know. Rides, bike-friendly hangouts, etc – we’re excited to show you all what biking really means in Denver. 

Make sure you add us on Instagram  and Twitter (@denverspeax) and follow us on Facebook for the most updated information.