Racer Profile: Cricket Butler
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Quote: “It’s hard to eat out of a gas station, but I’ve gotten pretty good at it…I can woof down a pint of ice cream faster than anyone else.”
Interview with Cricket
Cricket’s Bike and Gear | Tour Divide 2011
Bike: Currently, I plan on riding a Carbon Trek Elite SuperFly 29er – BUT it just recently cracked – Trek sent me a new frame immediately, HOWEVER, I just ordered a Moots Titantium MootoX RSL hardtail with custom geometry to match the SuperFly – if I get it before Tour Divide Race I will use the Moots.
Wheel set: Edge Carbon Wheel set with DT Swiss 240 Hubs – I use Tubes
Handlebar bag: Carousel Design Works – Small
Seat bag: Carousel Design Works – Escape Pod – Medium
Frame bag: Carousel Design Works – Custom
Other bags: Carousel Design Works – 2 Small Fuel Cell Top Tube bags – one next to seat post to carry bike repair stuff and the other by stem to carry snacks. Also a small Arkel map case I use between aerobars to hold maps & small stuff I might need quickly.
Wearing a backpack? No backpack. Stuff my jersey packets if needed.
Sleeping bag: Marmot Plasma 15 – I sleep cold & know this – if I could carry a -15 bag I would 😉
Bivy/tent system: Marmot Alpinist – I modified it by adding a little mosquito netting.
Ground pad: None.
Front light: I use one Fenix L2D light – runs off 2 AA – Super Bright and Excellent Run Time!!
Helmet light: I also use a small Knog Beetle LED on front of helmet to read maps at night.
Other light: No
GPS: No GPS.
Bike computers: Cateye Strada Wireless
Bringing ACA maps? Yes!
Cue sheets? No Cue Sheets
How do you plan to carry water? I carry a platypus water bladder in the frame pack to strictly carry water. I also carry a small gatorade bottle in my back jersey pocket for electrolyte replacement drinks- it is easy to reach there and I use it only when I need it.
Bringing filter or pills? I use bleach to purify water.
What is your max capacity? 70 oz if water bladder is full and 20 oz if Gatorade bottle is full. I rarely go fully loaded.