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Name: Matt Butterfield
Occupation: Bike Shop Mgr.
How Long have you been a mountain bike racer? I’ve been racing bikes for the last 15 years.
Besides the Butte 100, what are some of the other events you compete in: I’m a fan of all types of mountain bike racing. I try to race at least one hundred miler, one 24hr solo, and one mountain bike stage race a season as well as all the short xc races I can find (within a reasonable driving distance)
What got you interested in Mtb racing? Montana is what got me interested in mountain biking. What better way to explore the most amazing place on earth then by mountain bike?
What positive effects has competing had on other aspects of your life: It’s kept me from getting fat, ha ha! It has also introduced me to great people who all share the same passion for the outdoors and healthy active living.
How many hours a week do you train? I usually average 12-15 hours on the bike and cross training. Leading up to Butte I’ll try and get a few 20hr weeks under my belt. Finding the time is a challenge but if you’re driven there’s alway a way to get out and grab a few hours here and there on the bike.
What advice would you give to this year’s Butte 100 racers? My best advice – train. Get out and do some long rides in the months leading up to Butte. Saddle time is money in the bank and the best way to condition yourself for race day.
Any other comments you’d like to make? Sweet and sour, that’s how I feel about the Butte. It’s a love hate relationship but it’s one that will stay with you for a life time and that’s quality right there.