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.

Quebec cup in Mt St Anne

July 13, 2009

We managed to dodge the rain today for the Quebec cup in Mt St Anne, although it rained a lot last night which made the track pretty slick in sections. I did a couple of practice runs this morning and rode the Specialized Storm tires which seemed to be the best option for the conditions and were hooking up good. I used the Specialized Butcher tires yesterday when it was drier but decided to put wet tires on because of the rain over night. Practice finished at 11am and I didn't race until 3.40pm so there was some sitting around going on. My race run started off slow and felt like I messed the first 5 or 6 corners up but after that I got to a small crowd and they were cheering really loud which got me pumped up and I started attacking the track more. Who ever it was up there cheering, thanks it definatly helped. The crowds in Canada are always loud which is really cool. The rest of my run went ok but it was not a clean run and still felt slow in sections. I managed to get the win over Mitch Delfs in 2nd and Neko Mullaly in 3rd so I was happy to still get the win.

We are back in Bromont now for about a week until Brendan flies in then we head back to Mt St Anne for the world cup in 2 weekends time. Im also excited that my Dad is coming to visit at the end of the week and watch me race the next 2 world cups so that will be really nice to have his support. He hasn't been able to make it to a race for a while and I always like having him around.

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Stats for Sam Hill are coming soon.