A bicycle ride celebrating the romance of cycling’s yesteryear’s, in Northwest Montana. September 12-13th, 2015
Cino Heroica (chee-no) is a celebration of the cycling days of old, when European road racing was dramatic art and racing’s hero’s were admired as much for their style as their courage. The venues were largely unpaved roads, snaking over hellish mountain passes. Racers rode handmade steel framed bikes that were built as much for style and strength as for speed. The riders 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 clink of wine glasses over dinner as the racers celebrated their day’s victories.
Relive this experience as we ride “heroic” bicycles over an unpaved route from Kalispell to Hot Springs, Montana, and then back the next day. This ride will reset your definition of life’s basics: a beautiful view, the taste of food when you’re truly hungry, your bicycle. Mostly you’ll leave the present world behind for two days, and your big decisions will be reduced to “Cab or the Pinot?” and the color tie or scarf you will wear to dinner.
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Cost will be $125 per rider.
NEW FOR THIS YEAR’S CINO
The ride cost is $25 higher this year, but the lunch will be catered by “the Simple Chef”, known for their elegant and tasty food events. This is in contrast to our past year’s lunches provided by rider donations. Managing the potluck lunch has always been a huge logistical challenge so we’re giving ourselves a break, but more than anything we just like to try something new.
Dinner also by The Simple Chef (who catered Cino 2013), a menu to die for.
In the past, we offered Cino Heroica jerseys to the riders. This year it will be custom, stylish musettes. As something different to do. They are created by “Archival Clothing” and will be a Cino custom edition. Cost will be about $80 for the high end musette, and $40 for the simpler version. Details to be announced soon.
It has always been a distant goal of Cino Heroica to donate some of the proceeds to a worthy cause. Last year for the first time in many, Cino Heroica ran financially in the black. So we donated a portion of the ride proceeds to Flathead Cycling – a local bicycle racing team – specifically to the youth program. About 8 kids will race this year with Cino Heroica donated jerseys (with a “CinoRider” logo on them). This is an effort we will continue and expand.