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.

Back in America now getting ready to fly out to Schladming

September 14, 2009

I am back in America now getting ready to fly out to Schladming tomorrow for the world cup finals. Its probably my favorite race course on the circuit so it’s going to be a good one to finish off on.

The world champs have been done and dusted, congratulations to Steve Peat. It felt weird having the worlds in my home country, it was awesome to have all the support from the home crowd and it definitely got me fired up seeing how excited everyone was and how loud they were cheering. My team put together an awesome bike for me to race on there, the track is not as rough or steep as most race courses so I decided to race the Specialized sx trail which has a little less travel and is lighter and more nimble so it suited that course a lot. I felt like my race run was nearly perfect and I couldn’t have gone any faster so I was happy with my race run. I didn’t get the result I was looking for but I gave it everything I had so at the end of the day I’m pleased.

I got to spend some more time at home this past week which has been cool, I did a couple cool cross country rides on my Stumpjumper and hung out with my friends and family. I also fired up my grizzly 4x4 quad and did some night enduro’s on it in the bush near my house. Its heaps of fun trying to get up wild muddy, rocky hill climbs and just mess about out there.

I’m excited to get back on my downhill bike in a few days though and ready to go racing. Its been a long hard fought year so it will be good to get it done and relax for a little bit.

SH#2

Stats for Sam Hill are coming soon.