Monday, May 18, 2009

Butler wins Cascade Chainbreaker!

Butler wins Cascade Chainbreaker!|

Bend, OR race is a race, if you have the stroke, can haul it! 

Portland’s Sue Butler (MonaVie-Cannondale WN & Myo-facts) carried the winning flag for the western side of the state when she hammered through the course to win the Pro Women’s race by nearly eight minutes over 2nd place Karen DeWolfe (Team Dirt) of Corvallis and Megan Faris (River City Bicycles) of Portland. Bend’s Sami Fournier (Organic Athlete) rounded out the Pro Women’s field in 4th.

Butler’s win was made all the easier because Alice Pennington, who she’s been dueling with for the past couple of races, was in Arkansas this week at the Joe Martin Stage Race with the Veloforma road team. Pennington finished second behind Butler at Bear Springs Trap but took the top prize at Mudslinger May 3.

This is important, as Portland is a huge cycling area and they have the latest and so called greatest of fitting systems!

Nevertheless, Butler had little trouble pushing herself through the super-fast course after charging away from the field early in the first lap.  Sue worked very hard on the correct pedal style! She has also learned a few things about hole shots from us!

“I looked around and said, ‘Where is everybody?’” Butler said of her early lead. “So I just kept going and raced against the clock and tried to pick off as many guys as I could.”

Butler steadily built her lead over the fast, rolling course that featured a steady helping of short power climbs, one long, steady ascent and singletrack that ran along and traversed a winding dry creek bed.

“The course was a full-on pedal through,” Butler said. “It’s just a fun course. It’s one of my favorite courses. (Chainbreaker) was my very first race ever in ‘03 as a beginner.”

Butler’s next stop will be the May 31 Bump-N-Grind in Birmingham, Ala., the third stop of the USA Cycling Pro Cross Country Mountain Bike Tour.

“We’ll see how that goes,” she said. “I think my fitness is coming around a little bit and I’m feeling a little better.”

Perhaps she will play "Ole Sue (s)- Anna" and have a banjon her on the knee?  

After our last talked, we suggested that she start eating beats & get back to the foucs on her perfect stroke? Women need lots of iron!

Many gals get IT band issues from a lack of knowing what a better hip angle/stroke is!

There is a reason, go see a dealer to learn!  

You can stop to video at any point to learn that this banjo string can be out of tune even fail, plus"Ole Sue(s)-Anna" will sound funny and you don't want to make a bad impression with that song in Dixie!  

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