The Butte 100, 50, and 25 mile bike races took off in Butte today, but without one of their most beloved riders and enthusiasts. Dr. Peter Sorini passed away this February at the age of 56.
“Peter’s the finest neurosurgeon I have ever worked with, and I’ve worked with a lot over the years. He was also an extraordinary friend, as well as mentor,” Sorini’s friend Steve Martini said.
Dr. Sorini worked as one of the finest neurosurgeons in the country. But it was out here on the trails of Montana where he made his living, satisfying his passion for adventure, and his passion for life.
“He was the type of person that just had to always live life to the fullest…he said this was so hard. Pete rode the 100 several times and the 50, and he said it was so much more difficult than running marathons,” Peter’s wife Stephanie told us.
Peter pedaled through these tough forest trails with an unrivaled spirit, until one day, when the ride of life pumped its breaks.
“You know, you’re in the echelon of a neurosurgeon and then you self-diagnose yourself with the worst cancer possible in the brain,” said friend Gina Evans.
In 2014, Sorini diagnosed himself with a glioblastoma multiform brain tumor. The average adult survival is just over a year.
“It was a horrific disease one that was very aggressive. And even though he received very aggressive treatment, it still was one of those that he had the worst of the worst,” Stephania said.
Peter Sorini would take his final ride on February 8, but his heart and excitement for thrills would lead to a race named in his honor, the Sorini 25. Over 100 riders, many of them close to him, showed up to race, raise money and, of course, carry on his legacy.
“Peter was larger than life. Such a gracious man, a hardworking man. And a man that never ever forgot where he came from. To remember him, i think of just truly how good and kind and humble he was to everyone he came across and met. He was a true hero,” said Stephanie.