Motorcycle Mania

Hot bikes and cool tricks hit the streets.

FRI, 11/18

Get ready as the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows lay rubber at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street.

Today through Sunday, size up tricked-out choppers as well as custom and vintage bikes you won't see anywhere else. When the polished chrome and roaring toys aren't making you drool, stupefy yourself with the BOSS Stunt Show, performed by two teenage brothers who execute jaw-dropping flips and tricks on a 10-by-24-foot quarter-pipe.

"It's insane. It's the coolest show you've ever seen," says event coordinator DeeDee Taft.

In addition, professional motorists will compete on an indoor dirt track at the Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt Street, as part of the BooKoo Arenacross Championship series. Watch riders catch air on jumps, berms and turns in their pursuit of a $2.5 million prize handed out at the end of the national tour. The show revs its engine today at 4 p.m. Tickets to the motorcycle show are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages six to eleven; tickets to Arenacross are $14 to $22 for adults and $5 to $10 for children. Combination passes for both events are available for $20 to $30 for adults and $8 to $13 for children. For more information on pre-registration and show times, go to http://den.motorcycleshows.com or call the information line at 1-800-331-5706. -- Sara BehunekSki the Night Away
FRI, 11/18

It's time to put a positive spin on the aftereffects of pulling all-nighters -- the next-day under-eye pouches, the early-morning fogginess. The second annual 36 Hours of Keystone, an event for night owls and early birds both, begins today at 9 a.m., and it will keep you double-fisting beer and coffee until Saturday evening. But why submit yourself to such ungodly hours at the resort?

"Who else gets to ski under the stars at three in the morning or ski at sunrise with lift and gondola access?" asks event manager Elizabeth Tobias.

This is also a chance to win a serious load of cold, hard cash. Teams of two to four people can register for $36 per person. One team member must ride one run every hour; those who complete this numeric mission will enter a drawing to win $3,600. For more information on team rules and registration, visit http://keystone.snow.com, or call 1-970-496-4FUN. -- Sara Behunek

Hoops Troops
The Roadrunners get rolling.
FRI, 11/18

The numbers are downright gaudy. During Mike Dunlap's eight years as coach of Metro State's men's basketball team, his squad has made eight straight trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament and won the whole shebang twice. The Roadrunners enter this season with hopes of extending an astonishing two-year, 38-game winning streak in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

Tonight and tomorrow, watch Dunlap's latest batch of warriors warm up "The Nest," their home court at the Auraria Events Center, as they host the Comfort Inn Downtown Denver Classic.For $5, fans can double-dip either night during the four-team Thanksgiving hoops appetizer. The home team plays at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets are available at the AEC box office by logging on to www.gometrostate.collegesports.com. -- Cub Buenning

 
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