Sue Butler was forced to make the tough decision to retire from racing, a decision she announced in her blog today.
“Someone was quoted once saying something like this, “Only Champions retire, the rest of us quit.” Well, today, I am officially ‘quitting’. I am making the decision for the love of the sport. What it boils down to is that I LOVE RIDING MY BIKE! Period. End of story. Or maybe it is just the beginning of the story.” she wrote.
One thing that is obvious when you talk to Butler is that she loves to ride bikes and also loves to race. In order to be able to continue riding, the 40-something year old is stopping her racing. “I quit for the love of the sport. I quit because I love riding my bike and I don’t want this taken away from me. ”
A late comer to the sport, Butler starting racing at age 35 and loves all disciplines, be it cyclocross, mountain-bike and road. In her career, she has won UCI races in the United States, raced in Europe and represented the USA at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships. A bulging disc in her back forced her under the knife in 2012. After being sidelined for five months, Butler came back to racing and not only won the USA Cyclocross National Championships Masters Women’s 40-44 race but followed that up by becoming the 2013 Masters World Champion in Louisville.
Butler concluded, “Don’t worry though, I am not going anywhere. I will continue to ride and share the passion I have for cycling with others. I am coaching women with their own dreams. And most importantly, I am in it for life. There may not be any more podiums to stand on, but two wheels will forever be a part of who I am.”
Thank you Sue, your presence and love of the sport enriched the cyclocross community, and your smile always made us feel welcome. Good luck!
Read Sue Butler’s blog: For the love of a sport. October 1, 2013