Profile: Sam Hill

Sam blew DH apart in the mid-2000s, bringing a new level of skill and speed. But he’s got a lot to answer for – kids running bars so wide they can’t touch the ends, and race pyjamas that make your eyes bleed.

Full name: Samuel Hill
Born: 21 July 1985
Nationality: Australian
Main riding type: Downhill
Top results: World champion, 2006, 2007 and 2010; World Cup champion, 2007 and 2009; junior world champion, 2003 and 2003
Team: Monster Energy-Specialized
Bike: Specialized Carbon Demo 8

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Sam Hill at the 2012 Fort William World Cup. Picture by Steve Behr/Stockfile