John Howard – defining “Cino”

If you were road racing in the US in the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s – and and some of us are old enough to say we were – you would know John Howard as the dominating force in US cycling during that period. National championships, three time Olympian, winner of major stage races, and winner of the Pan Am games (see highlights below). He was to US cycling what Eddy Merckx was to continental road racing during the same period.

John Howard is not only a road racer, he is a renaissance athlete, a rarity in this current era of specialization. Winner of the 1981 Hawaian Ironman, 2nd Place RAAM 1982, National Cyclocross champion and mountain bike racer, speed world record on the bicycle….

We are honored to have John join us for Cino Heroica. A chance for all participants to ride with someone who helped define the spirit of cycling.

(How did he end up coming to Cino? A friend of mine who knows John spots John at a recent ride with a vintage bike and period cycle clothing. And of course the conversation turns to Cino Heroica and my friend says “You need to get together with my friend in Montana.” – reed)

John will also be joining the regular 2PM Friday afternoon ride from Great Northern Cycles in Whitefish. on 9/7, the day before Cino Heroica. Call Great Norther Cycles at 406-862-5321 for details.

Some of John’s career highlights:

  • Set the bicycle speed record of 152.2 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats  (1985)
  • Won the USA National Road Championships four times (1968, 1972, 1973, 1975)
  • Spent 10 years on the US National Cycling TeamTwice
  • Winner – 1976, 76 – of the Red Zinger Bicycle Classic, later to become the Coors Classic
  • Rode for the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympic Teams
  • Won America’s only gold at the Pan-Am Games Road Race (1971)
  • Won the Tour de L’Estra (1972)
  • Won a stage and finished 3rd overall at the Tour of Ireland (1973)
  • Won the Tour of Newfoundland (1975)
  • Won the first 1000-mile Tour of Baja (1975)
  • Finished 2nd in the Race Across America (1982) and co-founded the race
  • Winner 1981 Hawaiian Ironman
  • Set the world 24-hour cycling distance record of 593 miles (1987)
  • Set the world 24-hour canoeing record of 104.6 miles (2000)
  • Been named Competitive Cycling Magazine’s Cyclist of the Decade (1970’s)

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