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.

Hanging out in Whistler

August 7, 2009

We are here hanging out in Whistler, I have been coming here for the past 6 years to compete in crankworx and just ride for the fun rather than being at the races. I do compete in some events but its purely for fun and they have some cool races like the Garbonzo, slalom and giant slalom that are a lot different to world cup races so it keeps it interesting. It's always good to be here and be surrounded by awesome trails and thousands of people who love to ride bikes.

The last couple of years Monster Energy have been a big sponsor of crankworx and they always have fun and cool stuff for us to do. Last year they took Brendan and I to the Pemberton motocross track for the day to ride and it was watered and everything so that was cool. Nelson also had a wild off road buggy there that we rallied around on and jumped pretty high, I couldn't believe how much it could handle as long as you were harnessed in. They also took me bungee jumping, it was my first time and pretty scary but I couldn't imagine a better place to do it. It's off a 60m high bridge over a river so it has a cool feel to it.

Anyway the last few days here have been pretty mellow, Jacy has been driving the truck and trailer across the country so we haven't had our personal bikes yet. We have been borrowing some of the Specialized demo bikes to ride some cross country and check out a few local trails. I think Jacy is arriving tonight with all of our stuff which will be cool. We have slalom practice tomorrow and then racing on saturday which should be fun. Also I am competing in the Garbonzo on sunday so I might try squeeze some practice in on that tomorrow as well to learn the track.

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Stats for Sam Hill are coming soon.