A Heroic bike ride celebrating cycling’s yesteryears, in Northwest Montana. September 6-7th, 2014
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 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 “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.
WE CHANGED THE REGISTRATION. AS THE RIDE IS RETRO, SO IS THE REGISTRATION. All registration is by US Mail and check and starts NOW. Click here for details. Cost will be $100 per rider.
NOTE FOR THIS YEAR’S CINO
- The ride will be limited to 160 riders
- YOU MUST HAVE A CINO (aka “Heroic”) BIKE! No grandfathering in a non-heroic bike as we did last year. Click here to see requirements for a Cino bike
- Mail in registration (yes, we changed our minds from doing it online)
- $100 entry/rider.