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.

World Cup Round 5

June 21, 2009

The 5th world cup is all over, today was pretty rushed. Practice started at 7 am and I wanted to head straight up so I could try and squeeze 2 runs in before qualifying. The track was dealing with saturdays rain pretty well and I felt good. I came into the rock garden and slipped out on a slippery rock, straight over the bars and smashed myself up pretty good in some rocks. I stood up feeling pretty dizzy and sore all over and headed back to the pits. I was pretty beaten up so decided to rest until my qualifying run. I struggled pretty hard and couldn't really hold on very good so I was riding tight and making a lot of mistakes. I ended up qualifying 5th and knew I needed to make something happen for the finals.

After a few more hours rest and some pain killers I was feeling more pumped up for the final, I felt really good in the top half and was riding good but as soon as I reached the rocks again my body started tightening up and I couldn't ride a freely as I normally would. It sucks to know and want to go faster but your body won't let you. I crossed the line in 2nd place 0.71 behind Fabien Barel. I never like crossing the line already behind so I was not very excited. In the end some of the other guys ended up making mistakes and I finished 2nd which I am happy with considering how much I was hurting. I was 1.5 seconds faster than anyone at the top half so I know I had the speed. I also closed the gap on the overall points chase a little as well which is cool.

Brendan brought it home in 5th place so it was sick to be up on the podium with him again. He has moved into 7th in the championship and im up into 3rd now.

It will be good to have a few weeks off before Mt St Anne and let my body rest up. Im hanging to get a win this season though, I hope it comes soon.

SH#2

Stats for Sam Hill are coming soon.