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.

7th world cup is now in the books

August 3, 2009

The 7th world cup is now in the books, It has been nice weather all day today and the track dried out a lot for the finals. I went up for practice pretty early to check out a few things and then did 2 runs after that to try and get up to speed. I am still feeling pretty sick as well and woke up sore from my crash that I had yesterday. I wasn't feeling very good after practice, it seemed like when I tried to ride fast I would keep making mistakes so I just wanted to ride smooth in my race run.

The start of my run felt a little slow but after I got to where the big crowds were I got pretty pumped up from how loud they were cheering. The crowd here today is probably one of the best I have ever experienced, it was cool. I ended up finishing in 3rd place only 0.6 of a second off the win which hurts a little to be so close. Im happy with how it ended out though seen as I have been feeling so sick and I managed to turn my 4 point lead in the series into a 16 point lead. We only have Schladming in Austria left for the world cups and it has always been pretty good to me so im looking forward to getting there and taking it down to the wire.

We are heading to Whistler on monday for a couple of weeks during the crankworx festival so that should be good fun and also give me some time to prepare for the world champs in Canberra, Australia at the start of september.

Anyway Im on the hunt for some Irish whisky because I have been told that mixed with hot water and honey is the secret recipe to good health. Sounds wild but I have nothing to loose.

SH#2

Stats for Sam Hill are coming soon.