The Cino Heroica is right around the corner and what better way to prepare for this event than to get to know a veteran rider, Chris Sauve and a brand new rider, Earl Craig. These two gentlemen truly exemplify the celebration of life through cycling. So let’s see what they have to say!   Chris Sauve Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am a former Canadian lawyer who has lived in Kalispell, Montana for 16 years now with my wife and two daughters. I am a stay at home parent, keeping myself busy doing laundry, dishes, housework, cooking, home remodel, gardening, as well as the president of two boards, one of a Montessori school and the other of a private group of landowners of commercial property at the Whitefish Mountain Resort. How did you get into this type of bike riding? Through my friends, Reed Gregerson and Craig Christophersen, the two main instigators of the first Cino Ride over 5 years ago. When I first arrived in Kalispell, Craig was one of the first friends I made. Back then he had a funky coffee shop called “The Coffee Bar,” and we rode a lot together. He showed me many of the great rides available in the Flathead Valley. Tell us about the bicycle you’re riding (make and year.) Provenance?  Any notable things you’ve done with this bike?  Is it a “heroic” bike? In the Cino, I ride a steel frame, 1984 Miele road bike which I bought new in 1984 while living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Miele bicycles were originally, quality Italian style road bikes, manufactured by the Guvin Company in Mississauga, Ontario. Later the company diversified to produce a wide spectrum of bicycles including children, city and mountain bikes. In the early 1990s, cheap Chinese bicycles became Guvin’s main competition and subsequently caused Guvin to go into bankruptcy ceasing operations in 1996. Why are you doing this ride and how did you hear about it? I do this ride because I love riding my "old" road bike and riding it in a setting similar to (if only vaguely) the great road races of Europe in the early years of road racing. It's fun and exciting to physically realize a small fraction of the pain and dedication the early heroes of European bike racing went through to achieve their goals. Today, of course, technology, nutrition and road construction/design have changed all of that. Quite frankly, when you ride these (mere) sixty miles (each day), you cannot finish without some sense of accomplishment and, we hope, connection to an earlier cycling time. The heroes of yesterday laid the foundation for the joys that are road cycling today, for so many people. What do you think will be the most difficult part of the ride? The most difficult part of the ride is not, in fact, climbing Brown's Meadow Pass and the other challenging climbs of the ride, but is, in my opinion, the downhill portions of the ride. With road bike tires, steel frames and NO shocks, the ever changing conditions of sand, gravel and rock present a technical challenge to the riders and demand their constant attention. What are you looking forward to the most? The thing I look forward to the most on the ride is the camaraderie of the Saturday afternoon/evening in Hot Springs with all of the riders. We share stories of the first days' ride and enjoy the quaint beauty of Hot Springs, including the natural hot baths. We cap off the evening with a group dinner where for the awards are presented that have to do with the spirit of the event, which include but are not limited to: The Eddy Merckx – First in to Hot Springs from lunch. Awarded a free dinner. The Fausto Coppi – Most stylish rider. The Antonin Magne – Most Heroic/Unselfish rider. 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 bar in Hot Springs drinking and telling racing stories, and whip everyone going up the big climb the next day. Or something like that. The White handlebar Tape Award - One who most exemplifies the spirit of Cino. Oldest bike Most times participated in Cino Heroica The “I’m glad I’m not riding this guy’s bike” award What do you like to do when you’re not riding a bicycle? I enjoy having time with family as well as biking, skiing and gardening.   Earl Craig Tell us a little bit about yourself My name is Earl Craig.  I am a farrier—I shoe horses for a living. I also enjoy reading (novels and poetry), writing, cross-country skiing, and bicycling. I love classic objects/machines that work and never go out of style—my hammers, my anvils, my old typewriters. How did you get into this type of bike riding? I rode BMX when I was a kid and mountain bikes after that. But then I got into horses, horse packing, and eventually horseshoeing, and I somehow (for a while) lost interest in bicycles.  Mountain bikes seemed to get uglier and uglier every year. The more “advanced” they got (full-suspension bikes with obnoxious graphics and plastic components) the more destined for a landfill they seemed to me. And yet I do live on a dirt/gravel road in an area full of dirt/gravel roads, so when I heard about this Cino ride I decided to try riding these roads on my Raleigh, which proved to be a challenge but also pretty damn fun. This will be my first year trying the Cino Heroica ride. Tell us about the bicycle you’re riding (make and year). Provenance?  Any notable things you’ve done with this bike?  Is it a “heroic” bike? I think the bike is definitely “heroic.” It’s British made, a 1975 Raleigh Super Course with a beautifully lugged steel frame (Reynolds tubing.)  Paint color: a glorious root beer brown. It’s currently set up as a single speed (freewheel on one side, fixed gear on the other). It has handlebars known as “mustache bars,” which I absolutely love, and a leather saddle by Brooks, which I also love. Why are you doing this ride and how did you hear about it? I heard about the ride from my friend Bruce Rinnert, the original owner of the Root Beer Raleigh.  I guess I’m doing this ride because it suits me. I have ridden a horse across Montana. I completed a graduate program in English using only an Underwood manual typewriter. I’m not really a polar fleece and plastic kind of guy. I like cork, metal, wool, and sometimes Bakelite. I think we should bring back Bakelite. This ride celebrates a simpler, saner era. And that appeals to me. What do you think will be the most difficult part of the ride? Sixty miles, one-way. This worries me. I love bicycles but I have to be honest, I’ve never ridden sixty miles on one. Let alone on dirt with no gears and skinny tires. What are you looking forward to the most? Just getting out and trying something new. Not to mention rolling quietly into Hot Springs Saturday afternoon (I hope I do that!)—Rolling quietly toward that first cold beer. And the people, I know I’ll meet some great people on this ride. What do you like to do when you’re not riding a bicycle? Shoe horses. Read. Travel. I’ve also been getting into horseshoeing contests these past few years—making horseshoes from barstock in a coke fire, usually with the assistance of a striker (person wielding a sledge hammer). I’m not a Luddite. I own a computer. I own a cell phone. But when the power goes out I’ll have plenty of things to keep me busy.