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Who brought the POWER in September (2014)?

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John Buttram

John has been an avid Power Ryder since last November. When the weather turned bad, he brought his ryde inside. Once the weather got nicer, John told us he wouldn't be back until this winter. A week or so later, there he was - front and center. Why? Because Power Ryde has helped his outdoor cycling so much (John is now faster on the flats and flies up the hills), he had to keep coming to reap the benefits.

John tells us all the time that his riding buddies can't stop asking him, "What are you doing?," because he has improved his outdoor cycling that much! That's right fellas, "spinning" isn't just for ladies. Just ask John. In 45-minutes he ALWAYS gives everything he has and he ALWAYS rydes front and center, inspiring all of us around him. 20+ miles and 600+ calories later, John has definitely gotten what he came for!

...P.s., the reason it took me so long to post September's Student of the Month is because John was away biking 350 miles around Ohio!

What brought you to Power Ryde?

Bishop's Bicycles posted something on their Facebook page about Power Ryde.

Why do you ryde at Power Ryde?

In the off season, I ryde at Power Ryde to maintain my fitness level when I can't get outside. During the season, I ryde to strengthen my hill climbing and sprinting abilities.

What did you do for fitness prior to Power Ryde?

Cycling, running, and hiking.

What goals has Power Ryde helped you achieve? 

My cycling is at a new level. I have probably increased my average speed 1-2 mph and I love to blow up hills.

Any goals you are hoping to achieve in 2014?

I am hoping to cycle 5000 miles in 2014.

What is your favorite music to ryde to?

Hard/alternative rock, especially hard Christian rock. 

Are there any songs you would love to hear in class? 

Maybe Dark Horses by Switchfoot, Ignite by Fireflight, Critics and Cynics by Icon for Hire, or something from Thousand Foot Krutch.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I have been on 8 mission trips over the last 3 years, including a recent 350 mile ride around Ohio to support youth ministries in Thailand.

What motivates you?

Competition, someone pushing me to go harder, or when I'm outside, the apex of a hill.

When you're not at Power Ryde, what can we find you doing?

Well, I do work, Spending time with my teenage son, traveling, following my Georgia Bulldogs and Cincinnati Bengals in football and my North Carolina Tarheels in basketball.

Way to go, John! We can't wait for the weather to change so that we see you more and more at Power Ryde!

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