2022 Event Day Details

What You Need to Know for a Safe and Fun Event

This Information was last updated July 12, 2022 at 3:25 P.M.

Please read it carefully and with MUCH attention. It will enhance your event day experience, as will wearing the Tyvek wristband you receive in your rider packet.

Today's updates have been so marked.

Medical

We will have a tent in the start/finish area to provide basic first aid.

If a serious medical need arises on the course or during the event, call 911 for assistance. 

Parking

There will be about 50 parking spaces available at Chipeta Elementary School divided between two parking lots. Please take note of:

  • Where parking is not allowed.
  • The direction of traffic on the school's property.
  • That the parking lots are only accessible from Ramsgate Terrace.

Please do not drive your car through the start area (i.e., the entrance/exit to school property that is located directly on Flying W Ranch Rd.) Traffic cones will be in place to assist your memory of this request.

A Google Maps annotated satellite view of the 2022 719 Ride start/finish area at Chipeta Elementary School

If you choose to park on the neighborhood streets, please be respectful of the residents. Many won't know why we have descended upon them, and if we upset them, we won't be welcome back in the future.

Additional parking is available in the Red Leg Brewing Company overflow dirt parking lot a bit more over a mile away.

Packet pickup

Event day packet pickup opens at 5:45 a.m. Approximately 150 people elected this option. Please plan accordingly and allow for a line.

Tyvek wristbands

The Tyvek wristbands in your packets provide access to the aid station, mechanical support and mobile pickup service offered this year.

Please wear your wristband during the event to let the volunteers know you are a registered participant.

If you registered at the Carbon Fiber or Titanium level, your wristband comes with a $7.19 credit at the food truck. To receive the credit, show your wristband when you order your meal.

Timing tags

If you registered at the Carbon Fiber or Titanium level, your packet includes a Chronotrack RFID timing tag to record your endeavors up the Rossmere Street KoM/QoM timed segment.

For the most accurate and stellar timing experience, fasten your timing tag to your seat post.

Folding or creasing the tag may break the very thin strip encoded with your information, and prevent your segment times from being recorded.

Do not fold or crease the tag.

B-tag timing tag being applied to a bike seat post

If you registered at the Aluminum Challenge Level and would like to purchase a timing tag to record your efforts up the Rossmere St KoM/QoM timed segment, they will be available to purchase for $10 at the merchandise table in the start/finish area.

Departure

The course is always open and ready to challenge you. You may begin riding whenever you wish, but a departure window between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. is suggested.

If you’re planning to ride before 6:30 a.m. or beyond 3:30 p.m. be prepared to support yourself on the course. On-course support will only be available between 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

If you want to ride amidst a blaze of le maglie 719 (orange jerseys), we suggest a departure in the spirit of the ride at 7:19 a.m.

Starting at 7:19 a.m. also means you’ll roll out with the Special Olympics athletes and can kick off the iFIT livestream with gusto.

Course marking

Orange route arrows will be on the asphalt beginning several hundred feet in advance of each turn and appearing multiple times before the turn. Keep an eye out for these beauties so you don't stray off course. They will be complemented with 719 Ride event yard signs on the side of the road at each intersection.

Course map

You can send a GPS route file to your device, or print out a cue sheet with turn-by-turn instructions, at ridewithgps.com.

Descending on course

Please descend carefully, respectfully and legally.

Every descent on The Course That Cannot Be Defeated, with the exception of Flying W Ranch Road to Joiner Road, is arrested abruptly because of a stop sign or a turn that can easily be missed at speed.

When descending Blodgett Drive back to Woodmen Road please descend with a manageable and safe speed.

Don’t exceed the speed limit.

È terribile, but the residents on Blodgett Drive will not take kindly to 250 cyclists flying down their street at 40+ mph over and over again.

Additionally, cars backing out of driveways, dogs darting out from yards, or deer blindsiding you, are all real dangers to be aware of. Be careful and courteous out there. Mille grazie.

Another delicate portion of the course is the descent from the top of Wilson Drive. Sand is frequently in the road when you turn from Wilson Drive onto Rossmere Street.

The city will sweep the entire course to remove sand and debris on July 13, but any rain that occurs after they do so may reverse some of their fine work. Please do not leave any of your skin on the course. Rubber side down is the preferred manner for navigating what we have placed before you.

As with the descent on Blodgett Drive, please descend Rossmere Street in a manner courteous to the residents whose street we are using. Be aware that the left turn on to Chuckwagon Road does not have good visibility for oncoming traffic.

Don’t cut the turn on the inside left.

Doing so could result in an unflattering flattening as your bike and body meet an unexpected vehicular impediment.

Please ride the course with your safety and the safety of others in mind.

KoM/QoM Timed Segment

The KoM/QoM timed segment on Rossmere Drive starts at Ashton Park Place and finishes right before the turn on to Wilson Drive. It is almost precisely .719 miles long. Miracoloso!

A Google Maps annotated satellite view of the 719 Ride KoM/QoM timed segment

Your best time up Rossmere Street will be used for determining the KoM/QoM prize winners. Up to seven efforts will be recorded. If you complete more than seven efforts, your last seven will be kept.

$71.90 will be awarded to the fastest overall man and fastest overall women, as well as to the person with the 71st fastest ascent and each subsequent 71st person in the results.

E-bike riders are not eligible to win the prizes for the fastest man or woman; however, they are eligible to win the prizes associated with the other placements.

Prize winners will be notified by email a few days after the event and to arrange payment via Venmo, PayPal or check.

If you registered at the Aluminum Challenge Level and would like a chance to win a prize, timing tags will be available to purchase for $10 on event day at the merchandise table in the start/finish area.

Strava Segments

Many Strava segments exist along The Course That Cannot Be Defeated, but these are the official ones. The inclusion of la parola "official" makes them ufficiale.

On-course Support

On-course support will be available between 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. On-course support includes:

  • The SoCo Velo aid station at Marshall Sprague Park.
  • Mechanical support at the start/finish and at Marshall Sprague Park.
  • Mobile pickup if you have a mechanical that strands you on the course.
  • Access to the Chipeta Elementary School restrooms.
  • Traffic control by Colorado Springs police officers.

Police officers will be at four key intersections facilitating traffic flow for you. They will be located at:

  • Flying W Ranch Road and Joiner Road (about 1.7 miles into the lap)
  • Allegheny Road and Centennial Boulevard. (about 3.1 miles into a lap)
  • Orchard Valley Drive and W. Woodmen Road (about 4.5 miles into a lap)
  • Stoneridge Drive and Flying W Ranch Road (about 13 miles into a lap)

Police support will be in place between 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., unless the officers are called to an emergency or the volume of cyclists on the course no longer warrants their presence.

Mobile Pickup

We have one volunteer and truck available to rescue you if you get stranded on course because of a mechanical. Please call 303-667-2381 and Superman (Ryan) will come to save the day as soon as he is able.

Toilets

If you wish to visit Giovanni Bagno during the day, he and two of his portable siblings are located at the aid station in Marshall Sprague Park just before mile 7. They complement the portable toilets the city has in place at:

  • Mountain Shadows Park - immediately next to Chipeta Elementary School
  • Wilson Ranch Community Park - miles 2 and 10
  • Woodmen Valley Park - mile 5
  • Blodgett Peak Open Space - mile 8

You also have access to the school restrooms between 6 a.m. and 4:00-ish p.m. Access to the restrooms is on the north side of the school building.

Food Truck

To address your belly's desires post-ride, Tepex will be serving Chef Fernando’s innovations on traditional Central Mexican cuisine at the start/finish between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

If you registered at the Carbon Fiber or Titanium levels, show your wristband when ordering your non-Italian food deliciousness to receive the $7.19 credit that came with your registration.

iFIT

We are molto eccitato that iFIT will be participating in the 719 Ride this year. iFIT is a workout platform un po’ simile to Rouvy and Peloton. They make a smart bike that subscribers to their platform can use to participate in events around the country in real time or as on-demand workouts.

iFIT trainer Richard Biglia and a two-person film crew will be riding one lap of The Course That Cannot Be Defeated for their subscribers to experience joyful suffering along with you. Then the 719 Ride will live on for eternity as an on-demand iFIT cycling workout. Bellissimo!

The iFIT team will start their lap at 7:19 a.m. and expect to ride a 75-to-90-minute effort. You are invited and encouraged to ride with the team to add some life to the live stream. Doing so in orange earns you mad style points.

Special Olympics Athletes

Five Special Olympics athletes will also attack The Course That Cannot Be Defeated starting at 7:19 a.m. We encourage you to encourage these hardy souls as they test their physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience the thrill of competition and the joy of participation in our Elevation Celebration.

Photographs

As with past years, 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.

About a week after the ride, you will receive a link to a Google Drive folder with all the event photos for you to pour over and scour for a glimpse of yourself.

Photographers will be on course at various times and in multiple locations between 7:00 a.m. and noon. Look for them at the:

  • Top of Flying W Ranch Rd.
  • Top of Allegheny Dr.
  • Turn from Centennial Blvd onto Orchard Valley Rd.
  • Approach to the aid station.
  • The top and bottom of Blodgett Dr.
  • Start/finish and final approach back into Chipeta.

Pro Tip: Wear orange to be photographed more.

Merchandise

A limited supply of 719 Ride merchandise will be available for purchase in the start/finish area beginning at 5:45 a.m. The stylish accoutrements include:

  • Event t-shirts.
  • Jerseys and shorts — both the original and Orange Glorious variety.
  • Event posters.
  • Commemorative challenge coins.
  • 13 oz Craft Master Grand Cycling and Community glasses.
  • Timing tags.

Vendors of Note

Hoplark non-alcoholic craft brew, hoptea, and sparkling water will be at Chipeta sampling their high quality products and adding another level of OUTSTANDING to your event day experience. Hop on over to their tent and enjoy a craft brewed flavor experience post painful fun.

Our friends at Rita's Italian Ice and Frozen Custard of East Colorado Springs are trekking west to facilitate the stuffing of custardy goodness down your gullet upon the completion of your character building. It's not gelato, but it's buon gusto.

Switchbacks FC, our local source of pro calcio excitement, will be exciting you with claims that fútbol is more favored by the world than cycling. They may even bring a mountain goat named Ziggy to try to make the point.

Twisted Spoke CBD, purveyors of affordable CBD tinctures, softgels and topicals, will be purveying (not a word) and sampling their wares. Amble over and talk cycling and CBD with them. They're well-versed in both.

Discounts

After the ride, don't forget to take advantage of these kind discounts that the sponsors, brands and local Colorado Springs business that support the 719 Ride have made available to you. Divertiti!

Anche, remember The Broadmoor Cycle to the Summit is August 13. Online registration closes August 8. And you receive a $7.19 discount off of registration with the promo code in your registration packet.

A Colorado Springs Cycling Public Service Announcement

The Pikes Peak APEX, presented by RockShox, is September 22-25. Online registration for this four-day mountain bike challenge on the slopes of Pikes Peak closes September 19. You can choose to race one day, two days, or all four days and enjoy the exhilarating, exceptionally crafted routes through dirt roads, jeep trails, and amazing alpine single track that is quintessential Pikes Peak.

An Olympic City USA Public Service Announcement

Courtesy of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, you now have discounted admission to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum. You should get on your bike and go there sometime.

A Few Last Words

COLORADO SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT 11 REMINDS YOU THAT ALCOHOL, SMOKING, AND FIREARMS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON SCHOOL PROPERTY.