Neil Butler took up cycling last year with the club and immediately threw himself into the deep-end by contesting the Des Hanlon cycle as his first ever cycling event! He took in a few more races in 2011 but the year was cut short when he took up a summer job in some pub on Cape Clear island off West Cork. However the Dicksboro man picked up his cycing in 2012 beyond where he left it off in 2011 and surely a promotion to A3 is on the cards in 2012. Easily known he is our youngest member at 20 years of age! Neil is studying Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering in Waterford IT and is currently on a work placement with Glanbia in Ballytore.
1.) You have started off in the races well this year. What has been your most satisfying performance so far.
Definitely, the 3rd in Carrick on Patricks day.
2.) Is there any race in particular that you are eyeing up for a result?
No, but Joe Ryan tells me I need to sit down and look at the calendar. Well I would like to be strong for the Mullingar two day anyway.
3.) What's your objective for 2012?
It’ll be my last year in college so just try cycle as much as I can.
4.) What would you consider your strength?
Probably sprints. Definitely not hills anyway. I’d like to try get into a couple of breakaways at a few races at some stage and see how it goes.
5.) Who do you admire in cycling?
Pat Tobin. I don’t know why, but he just sticks at it. I hope he can back up all his talk someday!!!
6.) What bike are you currently riding?
A Cube Peloton. A bit heavy but it’s doing the job for me.
7.) Do you have preferance for Campag, SRAM or Shimano?
I currently have Shimano Tiagra but may go for Sram if I change. A lot of people like it and it seems like good value stuff.
8.) Favourite cycling route.
The coast road between Waterford and Dungarvan or else up around the Urlingford, Ballingarry, Tullaroan side of Kilkenny.
9.) What other sport do you follow?
I don’t really follow much sport. I have friends from pentathlon who are going well and hoping to qualify for London so I do follow their progress.
10.) Who do you admire most in sport other than cycling:
I supose Paula Radcliffe and Gebrselassie.
11.) Who do you admire most outside sport:
Jez I’ve never thought about it before.. Probably Bono or somebody like that. (Ed note:
12.) Sporting occasion you would like to attend:
The Olympics (I don’t know which sport) or Paris-Roubaix.
13.) Favourite TV:
Has to be the old reliables, Father Ted and Friends.
14.) Favourite movie:
Ahhmmm, Hangover or Braveheart!
15.) Favourite musician:
Anything from Luke Kelly to Eminem.
16.) Favourite place/holiday:
I was in Tanzania a couple of years ago which was pretty brilliant.
17.) Have you any favourite non-sporting occasions?
Christmas?? And the start of the shooting season.
18.) Being a student, do you have a favourite tipple these days? Or is it just the cheapest drink on the day!?
Yeah Carling is the best of the cheap stuff. Or pints of Guinness preferably!!
19.) What can you not live without:
Angelina Jolie, just hope she’d be sound as well!!
20.) For relaxation:
Sleep I suppose..Or drink a few cans!!