incubates the 719 Ride Ethos
Houses the 719 Ride distinctives
Keeps the Story alive
An Introduction to Ottavio Severo
A BRIEF FICTION OF THE 719 RIDE
A regular and popular participant of Six Day racing in London throughout the late 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.
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.
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!