Natalie Vitalie: Driven - Video

Nov 1, 2017 at 21:53
by Natalie Vitalie  
Natalie Vitalie - Driven
Natalie Vitalie

bigquotesBeing inspired is great, but it's temporary. Being driven... Drive never goes away.

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A little about myself, I am Natalie Vitalie. A 25-year-old motion graphic artist in San Francisco, CA. On paper, I come across as your typical 25-year-old. Just like everyone else I am trying to find who I am.

I have been riding downhill since 2015 and 2017 was my first year racing in downhill mountain biking.

I've had aspirations of racing downhill for a few years. Now that I've finished school, found myself employed, and have established that part of my life that would make "racing" a possibility; I chased after my dream.

I kicked off the 2017 season racing the Sea Otter Classic. Being there was quite the eye-opener. It was nice to see the "industry", the World Cup racers, and the whole scene crammed into one venue. As if I wasn't determined enough, being there just upped my enthusiasm even more.

Since then, I kept racing. From local Bay Area events (I competed against men) to Snow Summit races (racing pro), The Northstar Downhill Series(which I won the overall title), NW Cup and I even got to race the Fox Air DH in Whistler. On my way to Whistler, I had spent the night at a rest stop (yes I drove) and was reflecting on what I'm doing, and then, that's where it hit me. That night I realized that "this is what I want!"

If you made it this far, from an outsiders point of view, my year sounds nothing short of a fairytale.

But, like everything good that came my way, I've had to go through quite a bit of adversity. As I've mentioned, I was able to race in the Fox Air DH, but I had also signed up for the Canadian DH Open. Let's just say, I didn't make it. Unfortunately, during practice, I took a pretty hard slam resulting to a broken collarbone and three cracked ribs that ultimately ended my season.

Fast forward to now. I know there are times that things won't go my way and instances that will make me doubt my efforts, but I've already established the fact that I am driven to go as far as I'll go in the sport. I am ready and willing to dig deep. Deeper than I thought I would to accomplish my goals.

With that said, I've been told that I look like I'm the happiest person while on my bike and I couldn't agree more. The euphoria and freedom it supplies me is unparalleled. Whether it's me riding for fun or trying to beat the clock in between the tape; I have found bliss in it.

In closing, I wanted to share my first year with everyone. Hopefully I am able to inspire a lot of people or even just one person, it will feel like all these efforts will be worth it. I am happy to be a part of such a growing and giving sport. A sport that has allowed me to grow and find that one thing that ignited my drive.

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  • 6 0
 #gnarlynat To only be riding DH for 2 years to finding yourself at the top of the podium is amazing and truly inspiring. I have been riding for a little over a year with injuries holding me back but it's stories like this that inspire me to kee0 pushing. Keep it pinned girl and keep it pushing! Good luck.
  • 7 0
 I've seen you work through a lot of things, this is incredible. You've only just begun too! Keep it pinned Natalie!
  • 6 0
 Ah whatup front page! Rad.
  • 5 0
 That's sweet, plus the DTR and Rhythm logos featured at the end. Sweet video Nat, also making it on the front page, sweet!
  • 5 0
 Good job Natalie! I think I saw you at the little underground DH race at Cxxxxxxt on the peninsula! Follow your dreams!
  • 5 0
 I can't wait to see what is in store for next season.
  • 5 0
 Hell yes! Can't wait to ride next season at northstar
  • 6 5
 Nice progress! However, Tasha Thomas won the Northstar DH Overall if your talking pro women.
  • 5 0
 Correct, I won Cat 2. I never mention the category. Tasha is amazing!

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