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The Bicycle Nomad Travels 1,900 Miles Through History and Time

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In 1897, an all-Black regiment of U.S. soldiers, called the 25th Infantry Regiment Bicycle Corps, set out on a mission: starting at their base in Ft. Missoula, Montana, they would ride 1,900 miles to St. Louis, Missouri on bicycles. The goal was to test the feasibility of replacing horses with bikes in military operations. The journey took 41 days and the regiment, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers, biked more than 50 miles each day, pedaling through rain, snow, and difficult terrain.

To honor these soldiers on the 125th anniversary of their ride, Erick Cedeno, or the Bicycle Nomad, wanted to complete the 1,900-mile route himself. Cedeno, who has been an avid cyclist for 12 years, says it was the most challenging ride of his life. He completed it earlier this summer on July 24, 2022.

The Truth and Dignity Project with Bicycle Nomad is a film from Hammerhead and produced by Bang Bang Films that follows Cedeno’s journey.