Truvativ : Nathan Riddle : Working Class

Jul 6, 2011
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Nathan Riddle is working class fast. He works at the United Bicycle Institute 5 days a week and takes full advantage of his hour lunch break by doing intervals. He has a family and responsibilities, but makes the time to do something that he loves, race his bike. Training is already a full time job that involves a regimented life. We all try to make time between responsibilities to ride or do anything we love. Here’s a peek at what fuels Nathan’s passion and his undeniable skill on the bike.

Every Ride Has A Story.






Every morning, Nathan gets his son ready for the day. Dressed, fed, and drops him off before making his way to work.




Nathan’s day job is teaching budding bike mechanics the ins and outs at United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, Oregon.





Nathan’s side job is shredding this Super D Machine when he has a free moment. Unfortunately Nathan took a tumble on his race run at the Ashland Super D this year.





Nathan has some of the best working class style out there.





Ashland’s trail network makes training a bit easier. This singletrack dumps out a few blocks from Nathan’s home.





Nothing but a high-speed tire tap.




Nathan is known for his all out speed and style. He’s pulling some HB/Tomac-like speeds on those Ashland fire roads.



Truvativ.com

Photos: Adrian Marcoux
Video: Taylor Sage
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56 Comments

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 I love it. This article speaks to me. I'm a dad and husband. I'm 26 and sometimes I feel like life is passing me by. I'm finishing my undergrad and working and I ride in the morning before classes for about an hour and maybe once a week I get to take a longer ride. Seeing stuff like this gives me hope for the future. I'm going to be a dad for the rest of my life and a very involved one for another 20 years but it's not like prison where you get out on the other side and pick up the pieces. The ride goes on! You can be a racer and a parent. When I get out to Ashland for grad school maybe I can get a ride in with Nathan Riddle. We could celebrate being dads and riders
  • + 3
 Ashland is the best town you can live in as a biker (XC or DH). Nathan Riddle is an awesome guy.
  • + 1
 gotta agree with you, friend. I miss the trails in ashland a lot!
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  • + 21
 to be successful in life..... first you have to get a life
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  • + 7
 Nathan Riddle is a true hero and role model to all Pacific NW racing dads. Highly deserved accolades. Would love to see Riddle compete in MegaAvalanche!
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  • + 7
 Yeah Nathan ! Home town hero ! One of the nicest and most humble guys you will every meet. Awesome that your getting your props Nathan. You deserve it !
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  • + 7
 Seriously awesome story. And if anyone needs a description for the word 'pinned' watch that video... Wow
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 i am 38 years full time dad i have a 3 years kid that take a lot of my energy but is just the best thing and i work monday-friday , tray to ride 2 time in the week and a nice long ride in the weekand ,and of corse i wanth to have more free time but is just work fine for me i am happy ...
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  • + 3
 Such a cool profile of Nathan Riddle!! Truvativ/Sram guys are putting out such cool stuff these days. Really good work by T-Sage, Adrian, Morgan and Tyler.....keep it up fellas!! EB
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  • + 3
 Two years ago at the Ashland Super D we met Nathan after he rode up to the resort from town and we'd driven up via the highway. He is a machine and loves bikes to the fullest - nice work Nathan.
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  • + 1
 Cool article. need more of this style coverage of riders. What I learned this year is that he's an awesome trail builder too. some of the sickest trails around the area! I won't mention trail names not to implicate anyone, but if you live and ride around Ashland you probably know what I'm talking about...
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 Great vid. Very cool to hear his story...I was beginning to think everyone but me can just take unplanned weeklong road trips whenever they want. What this video shows is the reality for most riders: riding is the burst of excitement squeezed between a job and family responsibilities, and surfing pinkbike is the closest you'll get to riding many days, even though you wish you could ride every day.
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  • + 4
 living the dream! i'd love that, working on bikes and riding some sick trails
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  • + 3
 Teaching bike mechanics!! Best job ever (after riding. If you can call it job at all - too much fun ;]] )
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  • + 3
 Hey thats me sitting straight across from Nathan in the professional bike mechanic class!!!
  • + 4
 he is an AWESOME teacher
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  • + 2
 cute kid :L but it really is an inspiration to see some one with a family and a full time job so PINNED.
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  • + 1
 Great man! He was my Suspension Technology instructor at UBI. I'm out of the industry (in automotive now) but still use what he taught us on a weekly basis.
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  • + 1
 YA NATHAN! killin it...already took the professional shop management and repair class and am going back for more. A great rider and a great teacher! UBI rocks
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  • + 1
 What happened to that Toyota van he used to drive?
'A working class hero is something to be' - John Lennon
  • + 1
 Believe it or not, I think he still has it. Could be wrong though...
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  • + 1
 Nathan rocks, I might see him next week at UBI. He remains one of my all time favorite riders such a beast and so mellow
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  • + 2
 what sort of racing is that??
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  • + 1
 Shit, makes me feel like a loser, I have a full time nanny and still cant find the time to ride everyday
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  • + 1
 awsome video dude that guy was pinned but is he running totems on a bur ltc
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 he shreds! seems like a great guy, and boy does he have some style on the bike!
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  • - 2
 watch it again, i think the riding was speeded up, he doesnt stay in the air long enough and in places it looks unnatural. either than or in the videos he looks like the fastest man alive. looks faster than anyone else in any video....
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 I don't believe anything was sped up. He is just straight up FAST. Really impressive!
  • + 1
 Its because he is that fast. Unnaturally fast. Thats why he podiums just about every race. The trails in Ashland are mega fast as well.
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  • + 1
 anyone knows what brand and model is the helmet? really liked the goggle attached to the helmet.
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 giro Xen, I have one, the best I've tryied
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  • + 1
 Yeah Nathan, Southern Oregon represent. Easily one of the nicest and humblest guys in the sport.
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 What goggles are those? How do they attach to the helmet?
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  • + 1
 great stuff, inspiration os something that is banded around all too often these days, but Nathan truely is.
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  • + 1
 i thought this fellow was gonna talk during the hole vid
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  • + 1
 That was awsome , they soughta look like my home trails
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  • + 1
 And Mt Ashland is a no joke gut-buster
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  • + 1
 he's really fast, i hope to be like this when i get a fam
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  • + 1
 I love ashland its my hometown riding area!!!!!!!!!!
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  • + 1
 I'm just wondering if his son called Tom...
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  • + 1
 Inspiration to me. Thanks guys. Nathan is pinning it.
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  • + 1
 my hometown riding area! sick
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  • + 1
 We all need that something that keeps us driving to be better.
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  • + 1
 Good job Nathan Riddle. You rip bro! Keep it up.
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  • + 1
 That was some serious power riding!
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  • + 1
 wow, he was super pinned in that video. Wicked riding.
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  • + 1
 great stuff...nice to see the sun lighting up his septum 00:44
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  • + 1
 thats just amazing really touching and inspiring. way too go and keep goin
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  • + 1
 nice photoshoot
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  • + 1
 What an inspiration.
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 I love my Element!
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 thumbs up if you clicked this becouse you tought it's about Nathan Rennie Big Grin
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