Patrick Butler Retrospective - Interview and Video

Jul 23, 2016
by Matt Staggs  
Views: 19,347    Faves: 283    Comments: 18


Patrick Butler, the young gun race from Sydney, Australia is a rider with a great future in the sport. This year, I have been capturing his antics for a video series called 'The Butterfly Saga' with a view to introducing Matt to a larger audience and to showcase his abilities. Looking onto next year Pat is aiming for big things in the sport with the hope to make it onto the world stage...


Having been sweep for Troy and Claudio s course preview Pat s V10 was running sweet all week long


bigquotesBikes are my escape and enjoyment in this world. There is so much pointless crap going on like violence and terrorism, and for no reason... I like to ride my bike to keep away from those things and have a good time. Bikes have been with me for my whole life now and I couldn't imagine it any other way as it's been engraved into my lifestyle as something that is necessary to enjoy myself. I haven't travelled the world... yet, but that is the plan as I grow up and grow through the ranks of racing. I want to race on the world stage and push my hardest to achieve whatever is possible while having a great time with good people in amazing places. - Patrick Butler


Pat looking happy to have some new Troy Lee Designs Gear. This stuff is awesome lightweight breathable and looks brilliant


Who are you?
My name is Patrick Butler, I'm 15-years of age and I live in Newcastle, Australia. I live just around the corner from one of Australia's best downhill track, Awaba and next year it is finally returning to the National Series, and I couldn't be happier!


The Butterfly Saga Season 2 Episode 1

Turndown for what


How long have you been racing bikes?
I've been racing downhill for a total of four years now. I started out racing BMX when I was seven years old and it progressed from there. BMX helped me to learn the vital skills that then sent me into a short but sweet stint of cross country to get the basics of offroad riding and not long after that I progressed onto the big bikes and the gnarly terrain of downhill racing.


Getting in touch with nature during Friday s practice session. Nose tapping a rock in Bunnywalk with lovely foreground fern to frame Pat

Patrick Butler Retrospective. Photos Matt Staggs


Why do you ride?
That's simple... I ride my bike because it's just what I enjoy doing. I've been riding for as long a I can remember, and it's what makes me happy. I love how bikes have been able to take me all around the country and to the places that not everyone else gets to see, just as much as I love the competitive aspect. These things with two wheels are what I truly enjoy doing with my time!


Patrick Butler Retrospective. Photos Matt Staggs

Patrick Butler Retrospective. Photos Matt Staggs


What influenced you to start riding?
My Dad. Without him I would not be anywhere near where I am today. He was quite a good rider himself back in his day and he influenced me to start riding all kinds of bikes. When I was one year's old, he made me a tricycle and says that it was my absolute favourite thing ever... I was never without it. When I eventually outgrow that he got me a 12 inch at the age of three and I have just gotten bigger and better bikes since then.


Patrick Butler Retrospective. Photos Matt Staggs

Patrick Butler Retrospective. Photos Matt Staggs


What have you achieved through riding?
Achievements aren't all about winning. I struggle with the flatter more pedally tracks but I balance that out by smashing it when the terrain gets steeper and more technical. I have achieved a lot though my riding, but a highlight would have to be this past season... I took out the National Series Overall and backed up my Under 17 National Championship for the second year running.

Here a few of Pat's achievements:

2016 U17 Downhill National Champion
2015/16 U17 Downhill National Series Overall winner
2015 U17 Downhill National Champion
2015 Cannonball Festival
- Downhill U17 winner
- Flow - 2nd U17
- Pumptrack U17 winner
- Whip Off winner
2015 Thredbo Downhill State Round - 1st (chainless)
2015 Downhill State Champion
2015 Downhill State Series Overall winner
2015 East Coast Titles
- Downhill winner (chainless)
- Whip Off winner


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Theres no point of filming Pat without a roost


What problems have you faced in your racing career and how did you overcome them?
For me, I am quite lucky. I haven't really faced any problems so far and I hope that I don't have to in the future. I've had a pretty good career so far...


Patrick Butler Retrospective. Photos Matt Staggs

The Butterfly Saga Season 2 Episode 1


Who do you ride for?
I'm am currently riding for the Lusty/Maxxis/MTB Team headed by Lusty Industries who distribute Santa Cruz Bicycles, Troy Lee Designs, Five Ten, ODI, Maxxis, Yakima, Gamut, OGIO, Crankbrothers, and Maxima Racing Oils.


Patrick Butler Retrospective. Photos Matt Staggs

Pat keeping composed while flying into the road gap. Taking out the top spot by a blistering 17 seconds


What's your best memory from riding bikes?
My most exciting memory is fairly recent... It was in late March at the 2016 Australian National Championships where I crossed the finish line in my race run. Having taken out seeding by seventeen seconds, it gave me a little bit of room to breathe and I managed to take off another 11-seconds. There's no doubt that it is my best memory because after having taken out the series overall a few weeks prior, I was so happy to win Champs aswell, especially as it was my second consecutive year. It was the best feeling ever!


Can t even whip.....

Patrick Butler Retrospective. Photos Matt Staggs


Who do you look up to?
Stevie Smith and Ratboy are my biggest inspirations because they are the loosest and some of the best riders in the world. Ratboy is one of the best people around, just having the time of his life, enjoying himself, having a good time and always making you laugh. I look up to Stevie because he was one of the kindest riders on the circuit - he was never out to make others lose, he just wanted to do his best and succeed with others. He never let the fame and achievements get to his head and he was still such a down to earth person that was happy to talk to anyone in the pits. That's what I hope to be like! #LongLiveChainsaw!


Pat looking through the upcoming corners

Patrick Butler Retrospective. Photos Matt Staggs


What are your goals for the future?
I never want to lose, but competition is simply that, you can never always be number one all of the time but I would love to change that. My goal is to become a World Champion one day soon... It's the ultimate dream!


Scrubs over the trick jump

The Butterfly Saga Season 2 Episode 1

Patrick Butler Retrospective. Photos Matt Staggs


Sponsors: Lusty Industries, Maxxis Tires, Troy Lee Designs, Santa Cruz Bicycles, RockShox, Crankbrothers, Sram, ODI, Maxima Racing Oils, Five Ten, ODI, Yakima, Gamut, and OGIO.

Instagram: @paddibutler @mattstaggsvisuals




60 Comments

  • + 41
 I like this kids style! Best of luck in your future endeavors! You'll always have a fan here sunny California
  • + 7
 Kid is smoooooooooooth.
  • + 1
 yeah this kid can flow; super smooth for being so young
  • + 3
 That nose bonk was insane. Too bad they didn't have a slo-mo of that because it/he was so fast.
  • + 1
 @scott-townes: "No slowmo, no homo" simple.
  • + 20
 allot of the fast riders (like this kid) and other big pros are riders that don't look like they are trying very hard. Just a calm confident riding style with little amounts of head bob. Very professional for such a young age.
  • + 11
 Yeah he manuals with out even so much as a slight pull on the bars.
  • + 18
 Obviously a talent but "retrospective"???

He's 15. Not Minaar, Atherton (R), SP.....
  • + 17
 Think it's a retrospective on the series of edits featuring this rider throughout the past few months Wink
  • + 7
 @andrewmc: @andytheaussie is correct on that one. I have made over 20 full edits with Pat over the last year so we wanted to make a big banger with all the best clips and this is it!
  • + 4
 Really nice vid, clips flow so well with the music. good job!
  • + 0
 @MattStaggs: I think that makes it a 2015 retrospective then
  • + 2
 @Hockerz: I know that but does it really matter? The clips are from April 2015 to June 2016 so if I were so say '2015', another grammar nazi like you would get fired up about that. Enjoy the video and stop complaining.
  • + 12
 Finn Iles must be worried ! serious skill here and massive style dude !
  • + 9
 Love the last pic! Straight up....Don't see many that vertical
  • + 3
 @rideaddiction: The kid needs a proper training plan and just maybe next year will be a good one as it's his first year in juniors.
  • + 8
 "There is so much pointless crap going on like violence and terrorism, and for no reason... I like to ride my bike to keep away from those things and have a good time."
Yeah Peacemaaaan !!! Des
  • + 10
 someone should take a poll about how many pros start with bmx
  • + 3
 This kid is so loose and confident. Nice work on the video... and nice work on the photos - really caught Patrick's skill and insane level of comfort. And not just a couple good shots, they're all sick.
  • + 2
 This has been our best work over the past year. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
  • + 5
 Something is wrong with that last picture!
  • + 1
 @likeittacky: What are you suggesting? I messed up the focus on that one so it looks a little off.
  • + 7
 @MattStaggs: Nothing to do with your photography. Everything to do with him defying physics.
  • + 1
 @the-lorax: Little trick, back brake helps on getting it so vert.
  • + 1
 @MattStaggs: No, simply saying; looks as if Physics are being defied in that shot. (NICE WORK TO YOU PATRICK AND THOSE THAT HELPED GET IT DONE!!! )
  • + 1
 @likeittacky: You should see Connor Fearon get to 12o'clock if you think this is vert! I'll try get a video next time to prove that it's not fake at all.
  • + 1
 i am well over double this guys age and with less than 1/50th of this guys skill level.....makes me wish i practiced harder when i was younger......to me manuals were just things you had to read when you couldn't fix shit......i still cant manual.....heck back hops were as good as i got :-)
i have been lazy these past couple of weeks what with a change in working hours but this vid was so good its gonna be my motivation movie to get me out of the sofa and back to my bike whenever i cant quite be bothered to try. all power to ya and i am sure you will go far and achieve great things.
  • + 2
 It's great to hear that my video has motivated you to get back into the sport that we all love. It does feel bad at times when things go wrong and injuries come into play but it's always going to be there to keep us happy and let us enjoy ourselves!
  • + 1
 Been noticing in comments lately that anyone who calls a fellow featured female mountain biker "hot" or "I wonder if she likes vans" get bashed with negative thumbs down. I thought this was very commendable (though somewhat surprising) of a predominately rowdy and passionate group of pinkbike dudes. Apparently a different group of dudes sticking up for the ho slappin song featured here. To each his own for sure. I had every NWA lyric memorized when I was in high school in 1988, and can still lay them down now, even though Eazy-E himself has been tits up for over 20 years. Gotta say tho, I didn't afford all my bikes, cars, trucks, and bitchin house by pretending to be a thug. Fun to pretend and strut around like a badass, but there are certainly lines to be drawn somewhere.
  • + 1
 Ahah it's funny. Pinkbike voters are a funny bunch of people who seem to go along with whatever everyone else is doing. Not much you can do about it other than laugh.
  • + 0
 Seriously you're trying to promote this rider by having a song that starts out saying "f*ck that bitch" / "f*cking bitches". Not only talk about limiting your audience, but also thanks for the language warning. Poor form Pinkbike.
  • + 2
 If you have a problem with the language, why did you watch past the first swear word so that you heard the second? It's downhill mountain biking, not golf. You only have to look at RatBoy, even Bruni and you'll see how much swearing goes on in this sport. Get over yourself..
  • + 1
 Dont be so soft @flarezfx
  • + 5
 @MattStaggs: I don't need to get over myself thanks. Don't you think it's important to promote this sport to younger females?
  • + 1
 @flarezfx: If you don't like me telling you to get over yourself, then why do you tell others to do the same? I looked at your profile and all you seem to do is shit talk on pink bike..

What are you talking about promoting it to younger females? All the ones who race don't care about swearing. Anyway, why are you getting so fired up about a song? It's just a song mate. It's not all that determines a rider.
  • + 0
 @MattStaggs: I don't care about swearing. "Shit" and "f*ck" is a lot different to saying I gonna f*ck some bitches.
  • + 0
 @flarezfx: It's a song, there a much, much worse songs and songs have stories and reasons for what words are used. I'm more surprised that you cared about the swearing rather than the drugs part. "I've got a system filled up with toxins", "Doctor, doctor will you help me" and so on.

Bear in mind, I did ask one of the pinkbike moderators about the song before even starting the video. I never got told I couldn't use it so therefore, I used it.
  • + 1
 f*ck off go complain to" bitches" who care @flarezfx

Awesome vid!! @MattStaggs cant stop watching it
  • + 0
 @MattStaggs: I have a 10 year old daughter that loves mountain biking. I understand the narrative and can appreciate that some might like it. If your going to post something like that at least have the decency to put a NSFW in the post. It's a shame though because young riders like this have the opportunity to inspire really young riders. You could have used any song. Context is a really important thing.
  • - 1
 @flarezfx: It's a song at the end of the day and words are words, too late to change it now. Either enjoy the video or don't watch it, there's no need to be negative just because you don't like a few lyrics.
  • + 4
 Young talent, with a great attitude and a bright future.
  • + 3
 Mac Miller killed that track. Amazing riding too of course.
  • + 3
 stevie and rat are my two favs as well. This kid rips!
  • + 3
 Good video, music is terrible!
  • + 3
 wooow some serious style here !
  • + 3
 One day, one Troy Lee kit, yeah boy
  • + 4
 kids got some sick style
  • + 3
 Holy Talent Batman! I know it's over used, but Xenu this kid has STEEZ.
  • + 2
 Dude rides like Vergier. So smooth. Nice edit too.
  • + 3
 total control...
  • + 3
 Stay healthy
  • + 3
 stylish
  • + 3
 Damn Straya, you dusty!
  • + 2
 Ripped that Heckler so hard, SC retired the model.
  • + 2
 Probably because they didn't want him to break one hey @Paddybutler73
  • + 1
 @MattStaggs: haha nooo, these bikes are unbreakable
  • + 2
 song???? Smile
  • + 2
 Mac Miller: Weekend
  • + 1
 How come I can't watch the video????
  • + 1
 What are you trying to watch it on? Video coding may not be supported on your device if it's old.

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