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.

Back relaxing from the weekend.

May 25, 2009

I'm just back relaxing from the weekend. We had a pretty cool time at the US Open. The downhill track was feeling faster than previous years and my bike was working awesome there. I felt that I had some good pace going on sunday morning and was anxious to race the finals. I had about 4 hours from when practice ended until my final run so We just hung out at our condo and watched some UFC. Some of those guys were taking a pretty good beating. 

It started raining pretty hard for about an hour while we were waiting for our runs so Jacy put some specialized Storm tires on to deal with the wet conditions. It was a totally different track for the final run. It was really slick and hard to stay on the line you wanted in the rocky sections. My run went pretty good, I tried to attack the top of the course and nearly went down a couple of times so I decided to back it off a little and just try stay smooth. I had to also change a line I had in one section because I was riding high over some off camber rock slabs and didn't want to risk going up there. The line I did end up riding was where a lot of other guys were going but it was a bit of a dirty line. I nearly went over the bars right there but other than that my run was pretty clean.

It was cool to come down and Brendan and me were in 1st and 2nd. There were another 2 guys to come down and George Atherton got between us so I ended up winning and Brendan got 3rd. We were both pretty happy with how the weekend went.

After the race I treated the team to dinner at a gas station, all up we got $27 worth of beef jerkey, potato chips and m&m's, when they found out it was my buy they were leading up big time. I will get them back!!! haha my stomach was not that impressed with all that food.

I'm looking forward to resting up this week and getting ready for Ft William world cup in 2 weekends time. I wish we were racing again this weekend. I'm having a lot of fun at the races this season.

SH#2

Stats for Sam Hill are coming soon.