Just three months after giving birth to her first child, Nikki Butterfield (formerly Egyed) is proud to announce a new partnership with Specialized. The deal involves bikes, helmets, shoes, and apparel.
After speaking to Dan Hugo last year about his dual suspension mountain bike being so light, and then coveting Chris McCormack’s Shiv in Kona, I knew Specialized was by far my first choice of bike companies I wanted to work with. This will be my thirteenth year as an athlete, I don’t want to mess around with anything but the best equipment. Specialized has the best time trial bikes, the best road bikes, the best mountain bikes, the best helmets, shoes, right down to their pumps. They just do everything properly, it is the kind of company I want to work with for the rest of my career.
Of course I was very flattered Specialized wanted to go ahead with me after five years out of triathlon. I am grateful for their backing.
My first race will be Tristar111 Germany on May 29th, it is quite a bit earlier than I planned on racing again, but since Tyler, Savana and I will be in Europe then anyway for Tyler’s ITU races it makes sense, especially with the race format favoring strong bikers. I expect to be getting properly fit later in the year. My second race will be Rohto Ironman 70.3 Boulder on the 7th of August which I am really looking forward to since Boulder is now my adopted hometown.
The former triathlon under-23 World Champion and Australian Long Course Champion is returning to the sport after five years out during which time she rode as a professional cyclist in Europe and America. During this time Nikki was top-10 in cycling World Cups numerous times including a podium at the Geelong World Cup (2007), as well as 15th at the World Road Race Championships after being in the breakaway for 110km eventually leaving her breakaway counterparts on the bell lap to be caught on the last climb (2008), and came agonizingly close to making the Australian Olympic Team in 2008.
Nikki is excited to be returning to triathlon, especially with the way the sport has grown over the years she has been out.