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.

The off season always seems to go past too fast

December 14, 2010

The off season always seems to go past too fast, I have had a lot going on at home and been travelling around a little bit. I flew over to sydney a couple weeks back for a downhill race at Newtons Nation which was cool. I got to hang out with a few buddies I dont see all the time so it was cool to see them. We also went and watched the Sydney Super X in Parramatta, Monster Energy are a title sponsor of it and they hooked us all up with VIP tickets. It was awesome hanging out in their truck with a free bar and right next to the start line so we were close to the action. I then flew home for a couple of days and found out my best mate had bought me a ticket back to Brisbane where he and some other mates were so I flew over there. We partied a little bit and watched the final round of the Super X, Monster hooked us all up again but the track was wet and muddy so the racing wasn't quite as good.I still had an amazing time, its good to be back home now though relaxing a little bit. The weather is getting hot here so its hard to get out for a ride or ride my moto. I went for an xc ride yesterday with my older brother and had a sick time finding some new trails and getting a bit lost. We also nearly rode over a big snake which scared us both heaps. Im looking forward to getting out on the bike more now and having some fun in the slippery conditions.

SH#1

Stats for Sam Hill are coming soon.