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.

Just back to America

May 20, 2009

We just got back to America yesterday, for some reason I was actually excited to be sitting on a plane for 9 hours. I guess I was looking forward to catching up on some sleep and watching a couple movies but we got ripped and it wasn't one of those cool planes with a personal video screen. I pretty much got through half of the first movie and fell asleep. Sean was sitting next to me and said I had some pretty wild next angles going on. haha no wonder my neck was so sore when i woke up. 

Every year when we are back on the east coast for the US Open we stay with a couple friends (Steve and Tammy). We are hanging out with them now for a couple of days before heading to the race. They are really cool people to be around and Stevie always gets really excited about talking bikes which is cool. Thanks for looking after us guys!!

I'm happy to be going to the US Open again this year, it's always a really fun track, pretty technical and rocky. It's just a really laid back atmosphere compared to world cups and there are a lot of different tracks to ride there other than the race course. I'm bummed out we have an off weekend after though before the 4th world cup in Ft William. I am having so much fun at the races this year I want to race every weekend. 

Getting 31st last weekend kind of put a dent in my points for the championship, I have a lot of ground to make up from now on but there are 5 world cups to go and I feel like I can be strong at all of them. In a way I'm more excited about it because it's more of a challenge to try and come back now and it will be even sweeter if I can pull it off. I think I learnt a lesson from crashing last weekend so hopefully it wont be happening in any more race runs from now on.

SH#2

Stats for Sam Hill are coming soon.