The Signature Ride
Five Laps of the Course That Cannot Be Defeated
9,190' of elevation Gain
I Cinque Giri
The 719 Ride | 71.9 miles
A homegrown grassroots cycling event in Colorado Springs to celebrate cycling and community.
"Nothing in this world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty."
— Teddy Roosevelt, 36th president of the United States
and MTB World Champion Rough Rider
I Cinque Giri: The Five Laps
Inspired by the 2-5-10 Century in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, the 719 Ride has been taking cyclists on a merry-go-round of laps since 2016.
Originally imagined as five laps with at least 7,190' of elevation gain in 71.9 miles, I Cinque Giri (e sheen-kway gee-ree) translates literally from Italian to The Five Laps.
Giri (gee-ree) comes from the Italian verb girare (gee-RAH-ray), which means "to turn." Hence the Giro d'Italia is not a Tour of Italy, like its yellow-jersey predecessor "tours" France as La Grande Boucle, The Big Loop. Il Giro is a "turn" of Italy, one lap or round of La Bell'Italia.
Over the course of its five laps, I Cinque Giri takes riders on a grand tour of repetition and elevates riders to heights both new and familiar.
Rise up for the next-level of climbing lunacy, and register for I Cinque Giri today. Then purchase a commemorative poster to celebrate and honor your effort.
One of the most challenging single-day road cycling events in colorado
Built on a 14-mile loop course with 1,838' of elevation gain per lap, the amount of elevation gain in each lap of The Course That Cannot Be Defeated is so awesome, it's ridiculous! The course is relentless and unwavering.
The Epic Climbing Score (ECS) 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 and the result is the ECS (excess).
The ECS doesn't indicate one bike event is better than another, or even easier/harder. There are plenty of other factors that contribute to an event's Type II Fun, but compared to other Colorado cycling events I Cinque Giri is elevation gain to excess.
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!