Few gravity athletes have achieved the longevity, or inspired the fan loyalty as Sam Hill.
The Australian achieved legendary status by the time he left World Cup downhill racing to pursue enduro. His status has only grown from there.
Hill left the World Cup scene at a time when downhiller’s still tended to looked at enduro as a way to extend their career in retirement. Instead, Hill started a reign of dominance similar to his downhill achievements.
In a race environment where mechanical problems and injuries are commonplace even among the top-10 racers, Hill has been unbelievably consistent. He won the overall title in his first full season on the Enduro World Series circuit. In 2018, he backed that up with a second straight title.
Now, in 2019, Hill is chasing a record third straight title. This season hasn’t been as easy going, and the Australian has had fewer wins. He’s never been far off though, and that consistency has put the Chain Reaction p/b Mavic rider back in the hunt for the overall once again. With one round remaining, Hill is just 60 points behind Canyon Factory Racing’s speedy French rider, Florian Nicolai. Nicolai comes into this weekend’s race in Zermatt, Switzerland with 2800 points. Hill has 2740.
Oh, and Hill is still rocking flat pedals, the lone rider on the EWS circuit to successfully do so.
So, what is the Secret to Sam Hill’s impressively long career? Watch below to find out: