The Severo Society

Established 2016
Colorado Springs, CO

Training Stress Fuels the Severo Society

Two-Wheeled Exclusivity

Named in honor of Ottavio Severo, an unknown Colorado Springs resident, bicycle racing pioneer and fictional 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.

Three men on penny farthings

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.

Passo d'Improvvisazione (11,152')
Discovered near Boulder, CO on November 9, 2019 by Corinne Warren, O.S.4.
Pazzo Pass (9,318')
Discovered near Littleton, CO on February 2, 2020 by Corinne Warren, O.S.4.
Col du Souffrir (8,970')
Discovered in Colorados Springs, CO on July 5, 2019 by Daryl Spano, O.S.2.
Les Deux États (8,780')
Discovered near Roan Mountain, TN on September 5, 2019 by Marc Poland, O.S.3.
Les Quatre Tours (8,767')
Discovered in Colorado Springs, CO on May 2, 2020 by Austin Frindt, O.S.5.
Mount Cloudier (7,608')
Discovered in Colorado Springs, CO on July 6, 2019 by Chris Giovagnoni, O.S.1.
Col du Rado (7,438')
Discovered in Colorado Springs, CO on June 29, 2019 by Chris Giovagnoni, O.S.1.

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 in the late 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.

Chris Giovagnoni, O.S.1

Discovered the Col du Rado on June 29, 2019.

Discovered Mount Cloudier on July 6, 2019.

Daryl Spano, O.S.2
Discovered the Col du Souffrir on July 5, 2019.
Marc Poland, O.S.3
Discovered Les Deux États on September 5, 2019.
Corinne Warren, O.S.4


Discovered Passo d'Improvvisazione on November 9, 2019.

Discovered Pazzo Pass on February 2, 2020.

Austin Frindt, O.S.5

Discovered Les Quatre Tours on May 2, 2020.

Enhance your body on the bike

Celebrate your DIY 719 accomplishment and elevation to The Order of Ottavio with a DIY 719 jersey. Wear your DIY 719 jersey to mourn the loss of comfort you forfeited in your DIY, and put The Shroud of Determination on your body.

Ride local

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.