The Severo Society
Colorado Springs, CO
Training Stress Fuels the Severo Society
Named in honor of Ottavio Severo, an unknown Colorado Springs resident, bicycle racing pioneer and inspiration for the 719 Ride, The Severo Society (TSS) 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.
Anyone who completes at least one lap of the 719 Ride is a member of The Severo Society, as is anyone who successfully completes a DIY 719.
Members of The Severo Society who notch historic levels of relative effort, accumulate a notable training stress score (TSS), and successfully complete a DIY 719 are elevated to The Order of Ottavio.
The 719 Cols
Meritorious Discoveries of The Order of Ottavio
Complete a DIY 719 to discover your 719 Col.
A 719 Col is any indoor or outdoor bike ride with a final distance between 71.90 and 71.99 miles and at least 7,190' of elevation gain.
Successful completion of a DIY 719 earns you a lifetime of glory and honor paid for with extraordinary commitment, effort and determination.
The Order of Ottavio
Meritorious Cyclists of The Severo Society
Bicycle racing pioneer, Ottavio Severo, participated in the first ever bicycle road race, Paris-Rouen, in 1869. Despite failing to finish the race, he became a regular and popular participant of Six Day racing in London throughout the 1870s.
Ottavio's racing accomplishments are mostly lost to history, but cyclists completing a DIY 719 are assigned badge numbers that honor him, document the order of enrollment and possibly provide access to benefits yet to be conceived.
Come one, come all. Wherever you are. Bring out your rested, watt-rich quads of power, yearning to be freed. Send these, the hope-filled and tempest turning to me. DIY, and you will be welcomed into the magnificence of The Severo Society and The Order of Ottavio.