WEAR THE 719 RIDE
Put FORZA on Your Body
Forza is an Italian word meaning power and strength. Forza is what you need to complete the 719 Ride.
You need power in your legs for the 9,190' of climbing in our signature ride, and you need strength of mind to press on after each repetitive draining lap.
Forza puts steel in your heart and pride in your palmarès. Forza makes things possible. It overcomes. Forza! Forza! Go! Go! Come on!
Put some forza on your body!
La Maglia 719
The 719 Ride jersey made by Pactimo is inspired by the simple designs and classic cycling style of the 1920s to mid-1970s.
The orange color and black band are taken from the iconic Molteni jersey most associated with Eddy Mercxx.
The five colored stripes on the collar play off the rainbow stripes of a world champion and represent the five laps of our signature ride. The number on the collar (71.9) declares the ride distance.
The five stripes circling the torso represent you, returning whence you began...five times.
The five chain rings on the back jersey pockets and the five stars on the left sleeve also represent the five laps you need to complete to get 71.9 miles. Together they connect to the cog and star in the Italian national emblem, where Ottavio, the fictional inspiration for the ride, was born. The number inside the last chain ring (7/19) calls out the date of the ride — July 19, every year.
The initials on the right sleeve (O.S.) are for Ottavio, and FORZA, you already know.
FORZA Colorado Springs
The FORZA Colorado Springs t-shirt boldly declares strength to our city.
FORZA Colorado Springs means, "Yes! I like what the city is becoming. Something special is happening here."
The colors, taken from the iconic Molteni jersey, are reversed as a nod to the color black's association with strength and power, the meaning of forza. And the back of the shirt promotes the ride.
A Colorado Springs Original
The 719 Ride is a young ride looking for riders. First conceived and ridden in 2016, the aspirational side of the 719 Ride is to create a bicycle event that contributes to the culture, community and multi-layered identity developing in Colorado Springs. The 719 Ride hopes to ride in the draft of the many existing and long-established Colorado cycling events and become a positive part of the Colorado Springs tradition and identity.
Forza Colorado Springs!