The Extra Stuff
Point 1 is the extra stuff, the add-on, and the not quite there.
It's that feeling that drives you to go that extra tenth of a mile or kilometer to get that round number on your GPS.
It's also the place we share content tangentially or indirectly related to the 719 Ride, with a frequent nod to Alpe d'Huez.
It's also a convenient place to insert a link to our COVID-(7)19 guidelines for riding the 2020 719 Ride.
Now, allow us to introduce Ottavio Severo, a little-known Colorado Springs resident and bicycle racing pioneer.
A regular and popular participant of Six Day racing in London throughout the 1870s, Ottavio came across the Atlantic to show his skill in Chicago and Boston in 1879. He arrived in Colorado Springs in May 1898 and promptly set to work on a bicycle race to the top of Pikes Peak.
He died in 1923 with his dream unrealized.
Nearly 100 years later, we celebrate Ottavio and his vision on July 19 with five turns of the strength-sapping, resolve wrecking 719 Ride course.
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