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.

Practice at the US Open

May 22, 2009

Just got done with the first day of practice at the US Open, we had downhill practice this morning which was pretty fun. I wasn't feeling my best on the bike today but just did some runs to get used to the track and try find some lines out there. The track is pretty dry and seems a lot faster this year compared to the past few years here. I always like riding rocky tracks like this one, I wish there were some more technical rocky tracks on the world cup circuit. Jacy is probably happy there isn't though because it beats the bikes up a lot more. The downhill qualifying is tomorrow so hopefully I will be up to speed and can lay down a good time to see where I am at compared to the other competition.

After downhill practice was over we had practice and qualifying for the giant slalom. It's not really a giant slalom, kind of more just a smooth mini downhill. It's just 1 person at a time and in the finals tomorrow it will be the best of 2 runs. It's a really fun track though, I am doing it on my sx and it feels good out there. Brendan and I qualified about mid way through the field and when we left Brendan was 1st and I was in 2nd. There were still a couple fast guys to come down after we left so it might have changed but we will be in a good position for the finals tomorrow anyway. It's going to be really fun racing it tomorrow afternoon, I like the best of 2 runs format. I think I will try get a good clean run in the first round and then hang it out in the 2nd to try and improve my time. 

Brendan and I went over to the pool before and got hit on by a couple old drunk ladies. I think they fancied Bren's English accent!!

I'm looking forward to getting some more racing underway this weekend.

SH#2

Stats for Sam Hill are coming soon.