A heroic bike ride celebrating cycling’s yesteryears, in NW Montana planned for September 8 – 9, 2012
At ZaneRay, we are proud to announce the dates for our 6th Annual 'Cino Heroica' (pr. cheee-No He-ro-i-ka). Quickly becoming a cult classic among cycling enthusiasts, this year should prove to be even more exciting.
For those unfamiliar with the ride, it 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 artform 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 gobblets of Chianti and polite conversation.
This year is the 6th running of Cino Heroica. The event started out with 7 riders, last year we had almost 90. Nowadays they come from all over the US. The ride is a showcase of beautiful machines from the 30's to the 80's with names like Cinelli, Masi, Bottechia. But this ride is only partly about the bikes. The ride is a reminder of what cycling is all about.
With September just around the corner, It's time to start planning and sign up. Visit www.cinorider.com to register and learn more about the event.