Sam Hill

Sam was born in Glen Forrest, Western Australia on 21st July 1985.

He rode his first bike at two years of age, and started competitive MTB riding at nine.

He attended his first downhill event at twelve and it was an immediate love affair with the sport.

He became a member of the Melville/Fremantle Cycling Club and through their help, and the aid and support of his parents, Sam began to attend national level MTB events.

In 2001, at age sixteen, Sam attended his first overseas races, traveling to Canada and the USA.

At the Vail World Championships he succeeded in finishing 3rd in the U19 DH event.

In 2002, Sam was successful in winning the U19 Australian DH Championships at Thredbo and later was Junior World DH Champion by coming 1st in the Worlds held in Kaprun, Austria.

Still only eighteen years of age, in 2003 Sam made the decision to ride in the elite category, and won both the Australian DH Championship and the Oceania DH Championship Titles at this level. He then went on to successfully defend his Junior World DH Champion Title held in Lugano, Switzerland.

In 2004, Sam entered the elite rank of MTB riders and won for the second time the Australian DH Championships, took out the US Championships and was 3rd at the World DH Championships at Let Gets France. He finished 2nd overall in the World Cup DH Series.

2005 was a mixed bag for Sam, when he took his first win in a World Cup race, coming 1st in Schladming, Austria. A broken wrist in June caused him to miss the World Cup races in Mont Sainte-Anne CAN, Balneario Camborio BRA and Angel Fire Resort USA. He came back in August to win the World Cup race in Pila Italy, and was 2nd at the World DH Championships in Livigno. Despite missing three races, Sam finished 2nd overall in the World Cup DH Series rankings.

In 2006 Sam was again Oceania DH Champion, was 1st in the US National DH Championship Series (Norba), won the Crankworx Garbanzo Enduro DH race, finished 2nd overall in the World Cup Series and highlighted his year by winning the World Championship DH Title held in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Sam’s downhill skills have improved each year, culminating in an unstoppable domination in 2007. He was again Oceania DH Champion, 1st at the Crankworx Garbanzo Enduro, gained podium finishes in all five World Cup races, with 1st in Mont Sainte-Anne Canada, Schladming Austria and Maribor Slovenia. He successfully defended his World Championship DH Title in Fort William, Scotland. He also took out the elusive 1st in the World Cup DH Series.

Sam has been the recipient of the Junior Australian MTB Cyclist of the Year Award in 2003 and received the Australian MTB Cyclist of the Year Award in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Sam currently resides in Parkerville, Western Australia.

Lyon, France, Here we come!

April 29, 2009

I am just getting all packed up ready for our first trip to europe today, we are flying to Lyon, France and racing an avalanche cup this weekend. I have heard that the track is pretty fun and the crowd is crazy so i think its going to be a cool event. I am really looking forward to the 2nd world cup, which is in 2 weekends time. Its a brand new track in Labresse, France. I'm hoping i can get my first world cup win of the season there but the competition is tough this year so we will have to wait and see.

I have had a pretty cool break since Sea Otter, i have just been staying at Seans house down in socal. I decided on friday to buy a ticket to Salt Lake city to watch the 2nd last round of the AMA supercross, the racing was pretty tight. My boy Chad Reed had some bad luck with Stewarts team mate trying to take him out and he unfortunatly didn't win but got 2nd. It's all going to come down to the finals in vegas this weekend to decide the championship. I did score a Reed signed jersey though so that made my trip even sicker. 

I also had a photo shoot yesterday with Troy Lee, they have some of the coolest new gear coming out for next year, i wanted to keep it but they wouldn't let me just yet. It was a massive day of pushing up and redoing sections to get the shots but we got some pretty killer stuff. We had a pretty cool crew there and there was some funny stuff going down. Troy found this massive tree that had a split it in about 20 feet high, so he climbed up there with his bike and made it look like he was riding out of it. It was pretty funny, especially when he got ants all in his jersey and on his neck.

Well I'm going to go smash a cold Monster and load the car for the airport.

SH #2

Stats for Sam Hill are coming soon.