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The 10fifty Team - Butler - Office Monkey Profile

Name Tim Butler

Acronyms: Butler, Studley Shagmoor, Mr B.
Job Office Monkey and Reserve Guide
DoB: 18 October 72
Bio highlights: Raced BMX for a while as a kid then got distracted by girls. Rediscovered bikes when introduced to mountain biking at Uni. Managed to fit in a lot of riding at Uni and also learnt to mountain bike. Continued improving my skills ever since with the moment of enlightenment coming in May of 1997 when I first mountain biked on Chamonix's perfect trails. Have been a disciple of the mighty Mont Blanc area ever since, making regular pilgrimages. Lived in Colorado for a while and rode a lot of the US and Canada, its very good, but I do love a good ride in Chamonix still.
First Bike: The one with stabilizers was blue, a few of my sister's cast-off's later and I got my first mountain bike - a steel Specialized Stumpjumper, in blue spookily. Just the absolute Daddy of bikes and I am sure it is more down to this bike that anything else as to why I got good at biking so quickly, its certainly not talent!
Favorite Bike: Probably my Red S-Works M2 hardtail from 1997 as that is the bike that I first mountain bike guided on. I still have it built up and it still kicks the butt of full-sussers on downhills on a good day and just loves technical Chamonix singletrack.
Best trails: In Chamonix; probably the Possette because of the rhythm that you can get into with the switchback on a good day and the mess you can find yourself in on a bad day. Just brilliant fun and never an easy ride.
  Worldwide; A difficult one but I always loved Fruita and the Mary's Loops, Moore Fun Trail especially. Not the big epic rides of Chamonix though.
  Local trails; in the UK I think that the Peak District around Lady Bower is my favourite as that is where I learnt a lot about mountain biking, usually through falling off.
Best bike day:  Being super hungover the first time I was in Chamonix and then absolutely killing everyone to the top of the climb above Les Houches much to the sober people's annoyance. Then sampling the Corkscrew for the first time, and being really scared of how fast you can go for such a longtime and not seem to reach the bottom.
Worst Bike Day: The Grand Raid Crystalp in 2000; I just suffed too much and knew I couldn't stop because of the jip I would get. The Chammy edges wore through the skin on my inner thighs, it was that bad. Excellent sense of achievement though, its just I couldn't appreciate it for the pain.
What am I like?: Once a footloose and fancy free biker I have now matured into a control freek always asking for the booking schedule to be updated and checking that everything is being done right. Always moaning about how busy I am but get me on a good day I am will talk biking by phone or email for far too long. I also have a completely undeserved reputation for being one for the ladies.

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