HIVE SPOTLIGHT: Get to know Nate Hills

Photo: Joey Schusler

Athlete:
Nate Hills

Home base:
Dillon, Colorado

Main sport:
Full time enduro racing. Dabble in all disciplines for fun.

Do you compete on a team or for other sponsors?
I am a privateer. My partners are SRAM, RockShox, Yeti, Ergon, Smith, Oskar Blues, Maxxis, Stages Power, TLD Bike, Enduro MTB Training, and MRP.

Greatest personal accomplishment:
I have won a bunch of races, titles, yada, yada, yada. I am just happy to be pursuing my passions and making a job out of my love for bikes.

Favorite place you have ever trained or competed:
I fancy spending time in Whistler, Sedona, and South America. The trails in these particular areas are highly engaging and hold my interest.

Memorable training or competition moment:
Here is a good story from my most recent race in Moab. I was participating in a 4 stage enduro race at the Klondike Bluff trail system. In Stage 2 I hit the ground really hard and upon getting up, I realized that a camera man caught the entire incident. Perfect. You should have seen the look on his face when I scampered around to get back on my bike. After finishing the stage, I was fortunate to have some help from the friendly medics. Some gauze and tape, and I was on my way. I finished the next two stages, pedaled to the car, and promptly drove myself to the ER. After a few ex-rays, a bunch of bleeding, and 10 stitches, I was merrily on my way out of the hospital. I returned to the race venue, because I never miss a barbecue, and was just in time for the awards ceremony. Well, apparently I ended up winning the race and had to use my bicycle as a crutch to get up on the top step of the podium. Fortunately, flesh heels, beer still tastes good, and the prize money covered my medical expenses. I call it a wash. Wear your knee pads kiddies!

Favorite Stinger fuel:
Any and every Honey Stinger waffle I have ingested.

Habits, routines, or superstitions:
I never wash the outside of my car.  6 years, true story.

Piece of advice you would like to pass on:
Bikes don’t win races, people win races. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of some of the best bike technology on the planet, but it’s not the car, its the driver. Passion and determination win every time.

Nate Hills head shot

Photo: Joey Schusler

Stay connected with Nate…

Website: http://www.natehills.com
Instagram: @Natehills1
Twitter: @nate_hills
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCywMHpWJsb9GXD0lakYf6WA?app=desktop

And checkout out his #FollowCamFriday that made Singletracks 2016 Most Popular Mountain Biking Video here!

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