Mtn. Slopestyle…..Go Pro takes over the Vail Mtn. Games

This summer Go Pro took over the Vail Mtn. Games and the result was an unbelievable show of skill, excitement, and adrenaline as well as some serious bumps and bruises. The event fell a week after the Outlaws of Dirt comp in Lyons, Colorado and many riders had their tricks dialed in. It was a very full day with wind, rain, dust and sun.

A highlight of the slopestyle contest had to be the “Open Loop”, with its high-risk-high-reward, the loop was a question mark for the competitors and judges alike.  A few brave souls attempted the daunting feature through practice rounds and qualifying and even fewer used the feature in their final rounds. Others opted to get creative with lines and some huge, crowd pleasing, transfers were put down.

Riders and fans all seemed pleased with the course and layout and, with the introduction of the “loop”, the bar was definitely raised. Now it’s only a matter of time before these guys begin to “trick” it!

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Denver Dirt…..Clean-up, clinics, and big air at Barnum North Bike Park.

Last Saturday the Friends of Barnum North Bike Park hosted a coming out party for their young dirt jump park. Hordes of riders, families and fans from the local neighborhoods and beyond came together to celebrate the opportunity to enjoy this unique facility. The message was simple and clear; be a part of keeping the park a fun, safe and enjoyable place for anyone who wants to enjoy it.

Trestle Bike Skills Course at Barnum North Park is a Denver City park, located just west of  Federal on 8th Avenue. The park is managed by an all volunteer crew of hardy diggers led by Nick Soloninka. This crew works hard to play hard and took every advantage of the large crowd that came out Saturday to build new features and teach correct course maintenance and bike skills.

This event was about putting the community back into cycling.” -Nick Soloninka.

Hard work was not the only draw for this event. Free bike repairs were provided by Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop and demo bikes were available from COMBA, Colorado Mountain Bike Association. Groundwork Denver provided free helmets and gave away a bunch of bikes to lucky attendees. The fan favorite, however, had to be Vanessa and her delicious hot dogs that tasted awesome after some hard work in the dirt.

Once the work was done it was time to play and the crowd was not dissapointed. Kids got to learn the skills of the park’s pump track and many local pro riders, including Dominic Megalli, put on quite an air show, flipping and whipping and signing autographs. Not a bad party for a young park.

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Get up off of your seat…..Highlands Dance Studio tap/jazz class really move their feet!

Highlands Dance Studio, located on Tennyson Street in Northwest Denver is The place to go for girls and boys, young and old to learn how to better get their dancing groove on. Classes include a variety of different focuses with wonderful instructors providing all involved the opportunity to reach their dancing dreams. Participants learn what it takes to master skills, work together and perform.

Our highly trained and qualified instructors use their talent and creativity to make it fun to learn, while at the same time teach the technical skills required to dance. We strive to create a fun, safe atmosphere to instill the love of dance, as well as provide the challenge to excel and the opportunity to perform. We also offer adult classes as an outlet for the “rusty” dancer to stir their passion once again as well as for those who just never stopped dancing.” -Heather Lee, Owner.

The Beginning Tap/Jazz students are busy preparing for their Holiday recital to be held at Denver’s historic Oriental Theater on December 16th.

Teva Games 2012…..Vail puts on a great show

Vail again hosted the Teva Mountain Games this past weekend and the show was unbelievable. The crowds were huge and the athletes did their best to entertain and compete for the glory that only Teva Gold can bring. What a great opportunity to see such variety in sport right here in our own backyard.

What’s Hoopa?…..It’s fun.

We recently had the opportunity to try a fun new way to get strong and in shape that is definitely not your average fitness class. Our friend Michele has a way to make increasing your core strength fun and exciting. Hula hooping!!! Yes, that’s right, the childhood toy that you either played with or saw others play, depending on your interests and skill-set, is a very creative and enjoyable way to fitness and body stability.

The class lasted for about an hour, including giggling, and included a warm up, instruction,  exercises and a cool-down. As with every form of fitness training, Hula-hooping focuses on correct form and execution of skills to ensure not only safety but the best benefits. We were a very mixed bag of participants, from beginners to those who looked like pros. We all found that, in order to reap the best benefits, we could all work on our hooping techniques. There were challenges galore including keeping the hoop off of the ground, balance, jumping and even the limbo.

Michele’s class, called Hoopa, is a great way to gain strength and stability in the “o-so-important” core and its fun.