What's On Your Mind?
As new amenities get added each year, the cost to put on the event increases.
What started with five people in 2016 grew to nearly 300 participants in 2022, and we hope even more in 2023!
From an unsupported, just show up and ride experience in 2016 to the 2023 event that will include two aid stations, two on-course mechanics, mobile on-course support, a timing segment with monetary prizes, inclusion in the Gran Fondo National Series, traffic assistance from Colorado Springs police officers, a medical tent and more non-free logistical odds and ends, the cost to put on the event exceeds $30,000.
Thanks to the amazingly kind and generous support from sponsors, local businesses, the community and the many cyclists, friends and family who donate time, resources, energy and money, we're able to offer an incredibly affordable registration option that is much lower than the typical cycling event.
Our $40 registration is an exceptional deal. Although, it does increase $10 on June 1 and another $5 on July 11. Still a great deal!
Yes. E-bikes are welcome to elevate, celebrate and festivate with us. As with any other bicycle manifestation that participates in the event, the rules of the road should be followed, including speed limits on any descents.
E-bike riders are not eligible to win the prizes for the fastest man or woman on the timed KoM/QoM segment. However, they are eligible to win prizes associated with the other placements.
The course is always open. You may begin riding whenever you wish; however, a departure window between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. is suggested.
If you wish to embrace the spirit of the ride, start at 7:19 a.m.
At this time, on-course support is only guaranteed through 2:00 p.m. This pertains to the police support, aid stations, mechanical support, medical tent, and the mobile pickup assistance for mechanicals that strand you on the course.
Access to the toilets inside Chipeta Elementary School will be available from 5:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
If you plan to complete an Epic Elevation Quest, be prepared to support yourself on the course if you will be riding before 6:00 a.m. or beyond 2:00 p.m.
Along with an abundant supply of acqua naturale courtesy of a Colorado Springs Utilities water truck, you will have a felicitous selection of fine food from the aisles of Costco available to you at the mid-course aid station in Marshall Sprague Park.
Your potential warehouse delicacies will include a perfect mixture of salty and sweet items such as: granola bars, fig bars, peanut butter and jelly sammies, crispy rice treats, cookies, chips and fruit. YUM!
Enduro Bites will be fueling your FORZA needs from the start/finish aid station at Chipeta Elementary School with their fresh and simple deliciousness in both bar and liquid format.
Yes. There are portable toilets located on the course at:
- Mountain Shadows Park - next to Chipeta Elementary School at the start/finish
- Wilson Ranch Community Park – miles 2 and 10
- Woodmen Valley Park – mile 5
- Blodgett Peak Open Space – mile 8
These portable toilets are publicly accessible and not put in place specifically for the ride.
There will also be port-a-potties at the aid station in Marshall Sprague Park (mile 7), and you will have access to the pint-sized restrooms inside Chipeta Elementary School between 5:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
A monetary prize of $71.90 will be given to the fastest man, fastest woman and every 71st person on the KoM/QoM leaderboard.
Your fastest time on the segment will be used to determine your placement.
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 to arrange payment by check.
The sweet spot is 55 to 70 minutes. Some have gone faster, and many go slower. The full range tends to be 45 to 105 minutes. Later laps tend to take most people 10 to 15 minutes longer than earlier laps.
If you enjoy Zwift, you can get a sense of the effort required to complete a lap in 45, 60, 75 or 90 minutes with our custom Zwift workouts.
Favorably! The 719 Ride is as fun, rewarding and worth doing as any bicycle event in Colorado. Plus, it's incredibly affordable
The 719 Ride presents a challenge you can tailor precisely to your fitness level and desire to test or push yourself.
Whether you complete I Cinque Giri, our signature distance of 71.9 miles and five laps, extend yourself further by completing a 719 Century (seven laps), or simply set yourself a noble personal challenge of one to three laps, The Course That Cannot Be Defeated accepts you exactly where you are, while also challenging you to ascend to new heights.
"I have done the Triple Bypass, Copper Triangle, Mt. Evans Hill Climb, Elephant Rock, and Pikes Peak. 719 Ride is Number One!"
— Mark Ayers, 2020 I Cinque Giri Finisher
The Epic Climbing Score is a simple calculation for comparing the amount of climbing different cycling events have. The equation is total elevation gain divided by total event distance.
The Epic Climbing Score does not indicate one bike event is better than another, or even easier/harder. There are plenty of other factors that contribute to an event's difficulty and make an event compelling, awesome and F-U-N. But you can use it to compare the 719 Ride with other Colorado cycling events in a lighthearted manner.
Seven nineteen. Seven hundred nineteen. Seven one nine. They're all possibilities, but NO, NO, YES.
Of course, you can call it whatever you like, just don't call it late for dinner.
No. Not in the typical sense. The 719 Ride doesn't require you to raise any money to participate.
However, if you're so inclined, you could convert your mileage to dollars — ride 71.9 miles, donate $71.90 — and make a donation to Kids on Bikes.
That's cool, but if it's a bit rich, there's always $7.19. In fact, when you register at the Carbon Fiber or Titanium level, we make a $7.19 contribution to one of the charities for you.
One lap of The Course That Cannot Be Defeated is just over 14 miles. We call it the Goldilocks 719. It’s a doable distance for kids, despite the intimidating marketing speak, but it is a challenge because of the amount of elevation gain.
The 719 Ride SE is 2.2 miles shorter than The Course That Cannot Be Defeated, and it bestows less elevation gain on its suffering supplicants per lap (1,477' vs. 1,838'). Kids will love it more than candy.
The GoldiLITE 719 takes the dreaminess of the Goldilocks 719 and makes it truly just right for kids — 4.5 miles and mostly flat, less than 400' of climbing. Right on, Jimmy!
As has always been the case, ride as many laps as you want with your registration, and now, ride as many laps as you want in any combination you are moved to. Choose your own adventure. Customize your bliss. It's all good!
OH YES! And thanks for asking. We would love to have you help put on the event and grow it into something Colorado Springs loves.
If you have a skill you want to apply for our good (e.g., graphic design, photography, social media, anything at all) or you want to exert yourself in service to our cyclists on the day of the event, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and rejoice as all the angels in Heaven sing your praises.
What Have Past Riders Said about the 719 Ride?
100% Authentic and Grassroots Fed Testimonies
Each and every one was lovingly written by a real live genuine person who accepted the challenge to summarize the 719 Ride in five words or less..
Pedal the springs Podcast
Episode 12 of the Pedal the Springs podcast aired May 24, 2022 and answered the most pressing questions about the FESTIVAL OF NEVER-ENDING ASCENDING. Guests included the originator and imagineer of the 719 Ride along with two past participants.