In Honor of Ottavio
Training Stress Fuels The Severo Society
The Severo Society (TSS), named in honor of Ottavio Severo a little known Colorado Springs resident, bicycle racing pioneer and fictional inspiration for the 719 Ride, 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 successfully complete a DIY 719 are elevated to The Order of Ottavio.
Meritorious Cyclists of The Severo Society
Bicycle racing pioneer, Ottavio Severo, participated in the first ever bicycle road race in 1869 (Paris-Rouen) and was 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 (O.S.#) that honor him, document the order of enrollment and possibly provide access to benefits yet to be conceived.
Successful completion of a DIY 719 elevates you to The Order of Ottavio and earns you a lifetime of glory and honor through extraordinary commitment, effort and determination.
Come one, come all. Wherever you are. Bring out your rested, watt-rich quads of power, yearning to be free. 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.