D.O.B. Sept. 12, 1971
Hometown: Portland, OR
Bike: Cannondale Scalpel
Personal Website: www.suebutlerrides.com
Personal Motto: You don’t know until you go…
What’s in your I Pod: whatever my husband puts on it
Favorite Movies: any movie, esp. ones that make me cry.
Off the bike activities: Bagging peaks and skiing down; backcountry skiing, xc skiing, downhill skiing, paper crafts, sewing, knitting, reading, baking, cooking.
At the ripe age of 31, I did my first bike race ever. The Cascade Chainbreaker in Bend, OR. It didn’t really stick. In 2004 I did the Trans Rockies with my husband, and our goal was to finish. We did and we are still married. In 2005 I got a wild hair and thought I should quit my job and race my bike (I think I was frustrated sitting at a desk, working as a school counselor, not being able to ever get the job done) That is exactly what I did. Sort of. One knee surgery later and another year delayed, I raced my first pro mountain bike season in 2007 at the age of 35. I had a respectable season and 2008 even better. I figure I will keep racing as long as I keep improving. I have found a bit more success with cyclocross racing, which has been a blast, although the extended seasons have affected my amount of time in the mountains in the snow. I could not do this without the support of my amazing (and also very fast) husband and the encouragement of friends and family. It has been an amazing ride.
Top 5 Career Highlights
2006 National Champion, expert 35-39 (5 mos. after knee surgery)
2006 TransRockies, 1st place; open women (6 mos. after knee surgery)
Participating in 2008 mtb world cups at Houffalize, Offenburg & Madrid. Results didn’t really matter. It was an amazing experience!!!
B.C. Bike Race, 2nd place, mixed.
Lot’s of cx highlights: Hoogerheide World Cup,(first WC) December 2007, participating in CX Worlds, January 2008, winning Star Crossed in 2008, 3rd at USGP#6 in Portland, December, 2008, CX Worlds, February 2009
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