Despite the time of year, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas recently in downtown and north Golden.
Hundreds of cyclists donned their jingle bells, ugly holiday sweaters, reindeer-antler headbands and more for the “Christmas in July”-themed Golden Bike Cruise on July 26.
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Hundreds of cyclists donned their jingle bells, ugly holiday sweaters, Santa Claus hats, reindeer-antler headbands, festive socks and more for the “Christmas in July”-themed Golden Bike Cruise on July 26.
The event, which is the last Tuesday of the month May through September, starts at the Armory parking garage and loops through north Golden before returning downtown. The Golden Bike Cruise also features music by a local band, Golden-based food and beer vendors, raffles for new bikes and fundraisers for local nonprofit partners.
The monthly ride has a different theme each month, and organizers said this was first Christmas-themed one.
Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza started the ride 15 or 16 years ago, but it’s changed organizers over the years. Now, Golden Community Commons, a subset of Calvary Church, has been hosting the ride for five or six years, organizers Peter Ewers and Jill Powers explained.
Ewers summarized the entire event as: “Bikes, bands and brews.”
Each event draws about 200-300 participants, and was recently named one of the best Denver-area social bike rides by 5280 Magazine.
That’s how Heidi Pearcey and her family heard about it and made the trek down from Longmont because they “wanted to try it out,” she described.
While Longmont has its own bike cruise that’s very well attended, Pearcey said it doesn’t feature food or music like the Golden one does. So, she appreciated that event atmosphere as the cyclists gathered near the Armory before setting off.
Friends Cameron Keelan, Sofia Bermudez and Charlotte Godsall were also joining the cruise for the first time. Godsall lives in Golden, and Keelan and Bermudez recently moved here, so all three felt participating would be a great way to get involved in the community.
Plus, they also loved the theme. Keelan and Bermudez were sporting tall Christmas-themed socks with belts made of shiny tinsel-type material, and Godsall was rocking a Santa hat with a glittery red vest.
The Pugmire and Birney families also went all-out on their outfits, donning everything from garland, a top hat, a holiday sweater, a Christmas onesie and Santa hats.
Aaron and Karen Pugmire ride every month, recalling how they’ve been participating for at least six years — before they had children. They were enjoying the Christmas theme, saying other favorites of theirs have been superheroes, pirates, the '80s and zombies — which is the theme every September.
Karen added that she appreciates any theme where the cyclists must use their imagination in planning their outfits.
Their friends Rob and Sarah Birney of Arvada had decided to join the Pugmires for the first time on July 26. The Birneys’ first impression was that the cruise was a great event for families.
Likewise, the Wohlers and Faulk families — who were also decked out for the occasion — described the cruise a great excuse to dress up. It’s also served as an opportunity for their young children to build confidence in their bike-riding skills, Rebecca Faulk said, adding “The kids love to ride their bikes.”
The next cruise on Aug. 25 will be Minions-themed. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Armory parking garage, and the ride begins at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, visit visitgolden.com/event/the-golden-cruise/11582 or facebook.com/TheGoldenCruise.
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