11 Questions: Kristin Butcher

Who knew? Butcher loves bacon.

Photo: Greg Maino
Photo: Greg Maino

Kristin Butcher is one of Bike magazine’s hired guns. She has an almost unhealthy love for bacon, a 15-year-old boy’s affinity for the word ‘beaver’, a pumptrack in her backyard and also dabbles in trials riding. In 2008, Butcher was a Santa Cruz Hell Ride competitor, and would have most likely won had she not gotten ‘knocked up’ shortly before hand (check out her tryout video here). She is now a mother of one. Before motherhood (and post software engineer), she lived for two years on the road as an IMBA Trail Care Crew member, picking up a Red Bull habit in the process.



1 — Describe the perfect hamburger.
All bacon.

2 — Who are your heroes or role models?
The 83-year-old woman I met in Washington who still builds trails and loves mountain biking.

3 — What would you be doing if you never discovered bikes?
Sitting on the couch, big and fat from eating so much bacon.

4 — Where is the most interesting place on earth?
The road.

5 — Who is your favorite musician or band (right now)?
Willie Nelson.

6 — What was your first bike?
First real mountain bike was a 96 Schwinn Moab that everyone I knew chipped in a little to get it for me.

7 — If you could play any instrument, what would it be?
Skin flute…err…any instrument. I’ve got such bad musical abilities I’d be happy if I could play the tambourine.

8 — Who do you think is the best bike rider of all time?
Ryan Leech.

9 — What is on the perfect pizza?
Bacon.

10 — If you could have coffee and conversation with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Mr. Wizard.

11 —Describe yourself in three words.
Trying to improve.