2016 Cino Start Instructions


The start is soon.  We’ll have 150 riders.  Lots of extremely cool bikes  Wonderful meals planned.  Decent riding weather forecast….

These serve as the final pre-ride instructions, although you may get other emails re: payment, lunch, bikes, etc.

We may have openings for last minute registrations, call Reed 406-270-0590 or email info@cinorider.com to find out.

Any questions, call sooner than later to:

  • Glacier Cyclery 406-862-6446
  • Reed 406-270-0590

Or email info@cinorider.com


The ride starts from the Kila School, morning of Saturday 9/10, 9am. Registration will be from 7:00 to 8:30. Try to show up early. Pre-ride sermon at 8:45. Hoping to start at 9AM.

Address of start: Kila School, 395 Kila Road, Kila, Montana. The Kila road turnoff is about 9 miles west of Kalispell on Highway 2 (starting from where 93 crosses Hwy 2). Take a left on Kila Road at the Kila Pub , the school is about a quarter-mile down the road. Google directions here.

Preparation: We carry your overnight gear for the evening in Hot Springs. Have your  gear for Hot Springs packed up in a duffle. It will go in a big truck ahead of you.  The truck will be at the start, get your gear in it.  If you have gear you want to access on the ride at lunch, keep it separate and throw it in one of the support trucks.

Beverage contribution: Find the  truck with trailer and someone organizing drink contributions there.

Breakfast: Ceres Bakery will serve a light Continental breakfast at the start, including coffee, juice, baked goods, and fruit. Should be plenty to get you to Pranza.

Car: You can leave your vehicle in the Kila school parking lot for the weekend. Usual warning about not leaving valuables in it, etc.

Registration: Go to registration to sign waivers, confirm you’re there, pick up musettes if you purchased one, etc. If you have a heroic bike, you will want the recognition to be official. Part of registration is going before the Cino judges and getting your number stamped as Heroic. You will be directed to do so at registration, but be sure and show up early enough at the start to do this. See the cinorider.com site for Heroic qualifications.

 The ride

There will be support vehicles, but they will be guaranteed to be somewhere else when you need them. Bring a pump and several (not one) spare tubes as a minimum. And a patch kit recommended.

Two water bottles on the bike is nice to have, water stations are 10-20 long miles apart on the course.

Re: weather, it’s Montana, where things can change rapidly. It’s a good idea to bring clothes for cold and hot weather, and even a rain coat or good windbreaker. Recommend that any clothes you need on the ride carry. You can put it in one of the support cars, but it may not be there when you need it.

Hot Springs

The destination is Alamedas Hot Springs Resort, in Hot Springs

If you’re camping at Alamedas, make sure you bring $15 and a towel. You can make camping arrangements when you get there.

If you aren’t camping, it means you have reservations at either Alamedas, or Symes. If you don’t have reservations, you’re camping or you can try for a room at Symes. See Cinorider.com for additional info on places to stay.

Your gear will be waiting for you at Alamedas when you get there, along with cold refreshments, etc.


In the early years of Cino, a shirt with buttons at dinner would have drawn comments about being stylish. Nowadays, you will feel under dressed with only a dress shirt. Don’t forget that dress shirts, dresses, cool looking pants, dress shoes,ties, sport jackets, stylish blouses, etc. won’t go unappreciated at our time in Hot Springs. We won’t give you a hard time if you prefer shorts and a T-shirt, but if you want to identify with the bicycling greats, you start by dressing like one. Fausto even dressed cool when he rode, and it was a linen suit when he didn’t.

Bring a swimsuit if you are inclined to soak in the hot springs.


Is from 6:00 to 8:30. There are options for gluten free and vegetarian.


As you prep for the weekend, keep in mind the following awards

Traditional Cino Heroica Awards. Except for the Eddy, these are by participant vote.

  • The Eddy Merckx – first in to Hot Springs from lunch on a Heroica bike, gets free dinner
  • The Fausto Coppi – Most stylish
  • The René Vietto – Most Heroic/Unselfish
  • The Jacques Anquetil – That individual who most shows an unbound passion for life and everything Cino. Eg. you get in some fights and close down the bars (bar) in Hot Springs drinking and telling racing stories, and whip everyone going up the big climb the next day. Or something like this. Just remember that others like to sleep.
  • The Whitehandlebar Tape Award – One who most exemplifies the spirt of Cino.

Other awards

  • First registered
  • Oldest bike
  • Most flats
  • Most times participated in Cino Heroica
  • Highest heroic bike points
  • Most authentic retro outfit and bike
  • The “I’m glad I’m not riding this guy’s bike” award
  • Furthest traveled
  • Most cino registration entry
  • Best lunch contribution

And others….

The Finish

Kila Pub on Sunday afternoon.  Serving drinks, all you can eat choices, etc.   Your luggage will be delivered to the pub as well.