Hilton Head Island’s own Chris Butler won the DII men’s race with a sprint to the finish line.
Butler, who began his cycling dreams at 19 years old with The Bike Doctor, has moved on to show his talents for Furman University’s cycling team. Butler is double majoring in economics and accounting at Furman, but is eager to continue cycling while getting his degree.
The DII men’s race was action packed to the finish line. Ben Showman of the United States Military Academy proved to be Butler’s biggest competition. Showman was attacking solo with around 20-kilometers to go. A chase group including Butler, Craig Leukens (Yale University), Zak Grabowski (Colorado School of Mines) and Austin Roach (Princeton University) soon pursued with force. Grabowski hammered it on a descent and the group quickly closed in on Showman, who once had a 1:30 gap. The leader was caught in the final kilometers and it was Butler winning the sprint to the finish, followed closely by Leukens of Yale. Grabowski came in third only seconds later with Showman not far behind.
Butler realized that a career in cycling was possible after his first race, when he was able to make a fast time.
He understands that there are many pros and cons to being a cyclist, but he is willing to make compromises in order to succeed. The more he progresses in the sport, the greater of a priority it becomes. Although at times cycling may interfere with Butler’s personal life, his love for the sport outweighs the negatives that it brings.
There is no doubt that Butler will continue to conquer great feats in the cycling world. Here at The Bike Doctor, we are proud to call Butler one of our own. We look forward to seeing where his cycling talents will take him.