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The hub that turns the 719 Ride wheel

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incubates the 719 Ride Ethos



A regular and popular participant of Six Day racing in London throughout the 1870s, Colombo Ottavio Severo 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 Course That Cannot be Defeated.

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keeps you on the bike until you notch the watts you want, the TSS to impress, or the elevation gain worth claiming.

A View from the Course

Insight from the course that cannot be defeated

Every course constructed is imbued with a purpose by its creator. My purpose is to elevate my riders. To take them where they want to go.

I achieve my purpose by being relentless and unwavering, and I am good at what I do.

I am untiring. I do not succumb. I am never-ending and never defeated, for I am always ready for another lap.

As I was in the past, I am now and ever shall be; I am a route without end.

first edition commemorative poster

Celebrate your Time on The Course That Cannot be Defeated

Evoking the look and feel of classic cycling posters, this 13″x19″ poster created by Colorado Springs graphic designer Hannah Unger is printed on 111 pound card stock with a glossy finish to honor your sweaty shininess and effort.

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drives you to go the extra tenth of a mile to get that round number on your GPS.

719 RIDE TESTIMONIES in Five words or less

100% authentic and grassroots fed

Each and every one was lovingly written by real live genuine people who participated in the 2020 event.

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is home to the 719 Ride distinctives

The Severo society

and The Order of Ottavio

The Severo Society is an exclusive club of grimpeurs, puncheurs, diesels, mashers, granny gears and bricks united by a love for cycling and a challenge that involves roads that tilt up.

Members of The Severo Society notching historic levels of relative effort in the successful pursuit of a DIY 719 are elevated to The Order of Ottavio.

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is The Add-on, the extra stuff and the not quite there

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Beyond the 719 Ride

This is the place we share original content unrelated to the 719 Ride, with a frequent nod to Alpe d'Huez.

A Colorado Springs Original

First conceived and ridden in 2016, the 719 Ride aspires to be a bicycle event that contributes to the culture and community of Colorado Springs. The 719 Ride hopes to ride in the draft of the many existing and long-established Colorado cycling events we all love and to become a positive part of the Colorado Springs tradition and identity. FORZA Colorado Springs!