Good team: Butterfield shows off his Cervélo bike in Abu Dhabi. *Photo supplied
Good team: Butterfield shows off his Cervélo bike in Abu Dhabi. *Photo supplied

There was more good news for Ironman Tyler Butterfield following his stunning triumph at the Abu Dhabi International Triathon last weekend.

Cycle frame company Cervélo has announced the signing of two-time Olympian and long-course triathlete Tyler Butterfield to a lifetime contract.

Butterfield was a 2006 Commonwealth Games contender in cycling, and he raced for several years on the European professional cycling circuit. In 2009, Butterfield returned to triathlon, and started racing with Cervélo in 2012. 

Fresh off his first major professional win at Abu Dhabi International Triathlon last Saturday, March 15, 2104, Butterfield has started off the 2014 season with a bang. 

He will follow Abu Dhabi with Ironman France in June, and finish at Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawai’i on October 11, 2014. 

“During negotiations with Cervélo, the team was stating their confidence about how I could win major races, and, of course, I wanted to believe them,” said Tyler Butterfield.

“I was humbled in how they could have this much belief they had in me at the start. 

“It was very motivating for me and made me start to think of myself that way a little, too. “I’m not particularly motivated by money, prestige, or any of the normal things and maybe that’s why I haven’t won much before. 

“However, it really motivates me when I feel like I’m doing it not just for me but for others too. That’s a part of the reason I went to cycling for a while — I really like being part of a team and enjoyed working for my team-mates more than trying to go for the win myself.”