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.

Here we are in Andorra

May 14, 2009

Here we are in Andorra, the weather is pretty wild. We checked the course out today and it looks pretty much the same as last year except for the snow on the sides. I'm really excited to practice tomorrow, its going to be a lot of fun but its going to be messy with the mud. We only have practice tomorrow and then a little on saturday before qualifying so I need to get my lines dialled in early.

Last weekends race in La Bresse was cool, the people and the crowd there were nuts, there were so many fans screaming on the sides of the track. It rained a bit for the last hour or so of racing but it didn't change the track conditions. I had a really good run and finished in 2nd place and Brendan finished in 4th so the whole team had a good day. It was also the first time Brendan and I have been up on the podium together on the same team so that was cool. We are looking forward to it being a regular thing from now on.

The drive from La Bresse to Andorra was fairly boring, there was not a lot to see but we did stop in at the Specialized France office which was cool to see, they are in a pretty sick little village and have a mean hot chocolate machine. Brendan pretty much slept for 2 days in the back of the van after a big night out sunday, so it was just Sean, Jacy and me rocking out in the front with half a working stereo. I think the highlight of the drive was when the turbo inlet hose came off and we had to pull over to investigate. Lucky Jacy got us rolling again.

SH#2

Stats for Sam Hill are coming soon.