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.

Pre-Season update from Sam

March 9, 2009

Hey Everyone,

I have just been getting ready for the world cup season which starts for me in 4 weeks. The first round is in South Africa and i am really looking forward to racing again especially on my new demo 8. I have been putting in alot of time on my new bike and i am feeling really comfortable on it.

I have had the chance to race on my new Demo a couple of times in Australia. I got 10th in the Aussie nationals which i wasn't really happy with, then i travelled to Mt Buller for a national round. The track there is really cool, loose, dusty and rough. I had a good race run and won by 6 seconds so i was stoked to get my first win in on my new bike and proove that it is definatly capable of winning.

Also my team mate and really good friend Brendan Fairclough was staying with me in Australia for 6 weeks riding and having a good time. He just went back to his home in England last week to spend some time there before we will meet back up for the first race. I will also be meeting up with my mechanic Jacy and team manager Sean in South Africa so it will be cool to see those guys and hang out with them again. I havent seen them for a few months. Probably what i am most excited about is getting my new race bike there, Jacy will be bringing it and he always has my bikes super dialled.

Clay Porter, the guy who makes sick videos like 'between the tape' and 'first' has been with me filming the last couple of days with me in Aus. We went to some really cool spots to film so i am looking forward to seeing his video come out. It's premiering at the 1st world cup and is called 'the tipping point' so keep your eyes out for it. The teaser looks really cool.

Stats for Sam Hill are coming soon.