2020 Event Day Details
Everything you need to know for a safe and fun event
Please read the information on this page carefully and with MUCH attention.
Last Updated: July 17, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.
Colorado Springs School District 11 requires each rider complete a health screening questionnaire as a condition for using the Chipeta Elementary School property on Sunday.
Please respond to the screening questionnaire BEFORE July 19.
You can view the questions and reply to the questionnaire from our COVID-(7)19 guidelines page.
D11 also reminds you that alcohol, smoking, and firearms are not allowed on school property.
To comply with El Paso County Public Health guidelines that require we limit in-person interactions at the start and allow for greater natural distancing along the course, we will not be having a group start at 7:19 a.m.
You may start riding at anytime.
A "departure window" between 6:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. is suggested.
Please ride in groups of 10 or less. This is also an El Paso County Public Health requirement.
If riding in a group, USA Cycling recommends riding side-by-side, as road conditions and traffic laws allow, or more than 20 feet behind one another.
Please familiarize yourself with our COVID-(7)19 guidelines to ensure that we have a safe and healthy event.
The Chipeta property has about 65 parking spaces divided between two parking lots.
Please take note of the direction of traffic on the school property, where parking is not allowed, and that the parking lots are only accessible from Ramsgate Terrace.
If you choose to park on the neighborhood streets, please be respectful of the residents.
The course will be marked.
Orange route arrows will be on the ground in advance of each turn.
When out on the course, please pay extra attention on all of your descents.
Several of the descents are along house-lined streets. The experience of 160+ cyclists descending the streets rapidly over and over again may be startling to the residents.
Please descend in a manner courteous to the residents whose streets we are using.
Cars backing out of driveways, dogs darting out from yards, balls suddenly appearing, deer blindsiding you, or children running into the street are all real dangers to be aware of.
Also, every descent on the course, with the exception of Flying W Ranch Rd. to Joiner Rd., is arrested abruptly because of a stop sign or a turn that can easily be missed at speed.
When turning onto Stoneridge Dr. near the end of your lap, be on the lookout for sand or dirt in the road. Landscaping is being done at the house on the corner, and we may have spillover to avoid. Stoneridge is directly across from our start at Chipeta.
Another delicate portion of the course is the turn from Wilson Dr. onto Rossmere St. Sand is frequently in the road there, as well.
One last cautionary item is that Mount Saint Francis Catholic Church will hold two masses during your time on course. Car traffic on Woodmen Rd. may be greater than normal between 8 a.m. and noon as parishioners come and go.
Photographs will be taken throughout the day on the course. They will be made available to you for free, as a thank you for riding with us. More on how to get the photos will come after the ride.
VeloFix Mobile Bike Shop will be at Chipeta to help with any bike issues you have.
If you are on course and have a mechanical problem that strands you, call or text 719-679-8466. Signore VeloFix will come to the rescue when it's possible to do so.
We will also have a tent at the school to provide basic first aid.
If a serious medical need arises on the course or during the event, call 911 for assistance.
Please wear a face mask when interacting with VeloFix or when at the first aid tent, and do not gather in groups of 10 or more. Maintain 6' of distancing if it's necessary to wait in line.
If you avail yourself of Killik's Kitchen or Grammies Desserts, please maintain the appropriate 6' of separation from others when waiting in line, and when you sit down to eat. The guidance to not gather in groups of 10 or more applies here as well. It's also suggested that you wear a face mask for the protection of others when in line.
719 Ride cloth face masks will be available onsite for you to purchase and delight in.
Enduro Bites, a Colorado Springs small business, is providing all-natural, handmade, high-energy nutrition bars, along with a discount coupon for 20% off a purchase at endurobites.com. Pick up your Enduro Bite at the first aid tent anytime during the day.
Additionally, these businesses are offering you the following discounts after the ride. Just mention the 719 Ride, and your day will be made brighter.
- Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center: A free physical therapy assessment
- Routes Outfitter: 10% off all regularly priced items or bike services through the end of July
- Switchback Coffee: Drink BOGO through the end of July.
Finally, the temperature on July 19 is expected to be in the mid-to-upper 80s. You will need more water and/or hydration mix than you think. Bring extra.
The weather forecast also includes a 60% chance of thunderstorms.
Ci vediamo domenica.
The 719 Ride is the Ultimate Event Around.
As far as I'm concerned.
- Al Marshall, septugenarian and two-time finisher of I Cinque Giri