Cino Heroica 2013
A heroic bike ride celebrating cycling’s yesteryears, in NW Montana
September 7 – 8, 2013
This ride is a celebration of the cycling days of old when road racing in Europe meant racing on unpaved dirt roads over mountain passes, in sometimes horrific conditions. The racers rode steel framed bikes that were built as much for toughness as for speed. They drank wine and smoked Gitanes to quell their suffering. “Nutrition” was real food, like cheese, salami, and a baguette. Suffering was an art form taken to a new level by these riders, as they collapsed into the arms of their handlers at race’s end, their faces reflecting something that non-riders will never understand. But at the end of the day, it was all about style, the horrors of the struggle erased by the pasta with truffles, crystal goblets of Chianti and polite conversation.
Relive this experience as we ride over an unpaved back route from Kalispell to Hot Springs, Montana. This is a ride with lots of long pauses; lunch, enjoying the view, contemplating a particularly cool bicycle. Mostly you’ll leave the present world behind for two days, and your big decisions will be reduced to contemplating if you should walk or ride up the next hill, and what color tie or scarf you should wear to dinner.
Some things to note for this year’s Cino:
- We will be limiting the number of riders to 150
- Riders new to Cino must ride a heroic bike! Past participants can grandfather in something non-heroic, but we’d prefer… Click here to find out what a heroic bike is (aka “cino” bike)
- Registration began March 29, 6pm Mountain time.
- We will save places for 60 past year’s riders until June 1, and then registration will be wide open. In other words, we’ll take 90 registrations, then we’ll only take past participants until we reach 150 or June 1st, whatever is sooner. If it’s June 1 and we have openings, they are open to all, starting with folks on the waiting list . Sound confusing? Bottom line, register early.
- Cost will go up, to $75. The ride has transitioned from being a ’72 Chevy Pickup tailgate affair, to white tents, cold raspberries, and catered dinner with select wines. Hence the increase.
See you there.