Video: Wyn Masters Talks to Nigel Page About How He Managed to Sign Sam Hill

May 30, 2020
by Wyn Masters  

For Episode 3 of The Wyn or Lose podcast, I had none other than Team Chain Reaction Cycles Nukeproof team manager Nigel Page on, and he gave some really great insights to how he managed to sign Sam Hill to his team and also very nearly signed Josh Brycleand. I have cut this out separate to his episode as it was great to hear how it all came together to get Sam on to his team, and some great stories from working as his team manager.


You can find part one the Podcast with Nigel here on Apple or Spotify where he takes us through his whole Journey from BMX racing as a kid and teenager to working in a council office to finally becoming a pro rider at 25, along with some epic stories from traveling the 90s and early 2000s World Cup DH races.


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57 Comments

  • 47 2
 What a good interview, amazing @wynmasters and Nigel. Such good stories. Flat pedals win medals, nothing else to say \m/
  • 37 0
 Thanks mate
  • 4 0
 @wynmasters: Kudos, mate. You managed to keep yer eyes pretty much open for that whole interview!


Good to see yer mug back on the PB screen!
  • 5 0
 @RayDolor: I’m not that sleepy am I haha cheers man
  • 9 0
 @wynmasters: Wyn - We need a WYN TV video! Anything. Please!
  • 17 0
 @neimbc: trying to plan a DH test 'event' where there would be WynTV and quite a few top riders hopefully
  • 2 0
 @wynmasters: Nah. I figure your'e "crocodile sleepy", just waiting for the juicy tidbits to hit the water.......
  • 29 1
 The main takeaways from this amazing interview:
1) Blenki and Brook should give flats another go
2) Sam isn’t human and wills the bike forward instead of pedaling
3) Nigel’s the man
  • 20 0
 4) Nigel and Rob back in the booth
  • 28 0
 I wish this industry had more Nigels
  • 25 2
 I've come to realize that Australians are just British Texans
  • 2 0
 Thats funny stuff!
  • 17 0
 Didn't plan on watching the whole thing but I sure did. Well done!
  • 9 1
 Thanks glad you enjoyed it
  • 7 0
 Funny. Me too. First thing I did was look at the video length and I thought "nah, I can't watch an hour interview" - even if it is about Sam Hill. Well, 1 hour later my attention was well still held. Great interview! Sam is the reason I started watching DH racing in 2007. The way the guy rode was unlike anything at the time (and since). A real, super intelligent natural rider. So glad he found Nuke Proof and Nigel and a good team to help keep him going and interested in bike racing.
  • 17 0
 Good stuff. Funny Nigel is just a fan boy of Sam like the rest of us.
  • 4 0
 That’s what I found to be awesome and funny in equal measure. Pagey is both Sam’s biggest fan and his boss. Sam is his hero and his employee. Really cool!

That story about Hafjell World Champs. You never get that inside info from the reports and whatnot. Sam would have won that race had he not scorpioned!
  • 11 0
 We need more of this! Did stand right next to the place where Sam crashed in norway. He would won that race cause nobody was close to his speed at the rocks.
  • 7 0
 Love Pagey, seems like a super genuine bloke. Would love to buy him a couple of pints someday and be regaled with a few choice stories. Great stuff Wyn!
  • 6 0
 55:55 Wyn, you look like Sam but with more facial hair (m).
Wyn and Nigel, Gents, it was a real pleasure listening to this interview!
  • 2 0
 Brow genes strong!
  • 2 0
 Great interview, so chill, first thoughts were an hour long !, I’ll just skip through it, 1 hour in and not one skip forward and I’m feeling disappointed it’s coming to an end, so many great stories and seems like you could have just carried on for hours.
  • 3 0
 Thanks I was enjoying it too, there is a bit more on Apple and Spotify if you go to part one you can hear about all of Nigel’s early days racing and eventually becoming a pro rider at 25. And there is an hour or so of part two that isn’t featured on the YouTube clip too
  • 1 0
 @wynmasters: great thanks
  • 3 0
 That was killer! I guess I still love bikes as much as I did 30 years ago when I was 13 years old. Great job Wyn. Again, thank you.
  • 5 0
 Cheers Wyn, thanks for the comments everyone :-)
  • 1 0
 Your a top bloke nige
  • 2 0
 Hi @wynmasters and @Pager72 great interview hearing about Sam,
Joining the CRC team for the 2013 as a mechanic was for me one of the most amazing things I’ve been ever been involved in,
I still remember me first day rocking up at your place @Pager72 and old mate Sam Hill just sitting on ya couch - talk about - hey that’s Sam Hill ????
He’s such a cool dude and it was awesome to get to know him like you were saying but so are you Nigel, - there’s only one Nigel Pager ????
- I have great memory’s of getting to know you all, helping my riders Matt and Joe as well as the CRC team.
As well as helping out some top kiwi bloke called @wynmasters with Mavic parts,
Keep doing what you do for the industry fellers - keeping it real,
Cheers BusinessBobs
  • 3 0
 Could listen to ten hours of this. Will never forget Sam's world champ's scorpion, I was sick all day after that race.
  • 2 0
 Listened to both parts on a ride out. Easily the best podcast episode I've listened to in a while. Could have listened to another 2 hours no bother.
  • 1 0
 Goddamn, Sam Hill and Josh Bryceland on the same team could have been incredible, I wonder if Mr page could have kept Josh focused And enjoying World cups for a little longer. I think they would have got on really well.
  • 2 0
 I wanna here more of why Sam's fav bike ever was a 26inch frame with 27.5s stuff in??
  • 2 0
 Mint.....just like chatting down the pub. Really enjoyed listening cheers
  • 3 0
 That’s the idea behind Wyn or Lose podcast, glad you enjoyed it, Pagey has some epic stories
  • 5 0
 @wynmasters: cool, refreshing to see you letting Nige talk away, no butting in....good work. You"ll love the UK. Cheers
  • 2 0
 One of the best interviews Ive seen in a while. Thanks Wyn!
  • 2 0
 Thanks, Wyn for another great interview!
  • 1 0
 Flats for life. Nigel u had tht inside commentary tht was Legit to us hardcores. Thanks I listened for an hour
  • 2 0
 Hill to race 2020 downhill again and smoke em all! on Flats...
  • 1 0
 I can think of worse ways to waste an hr. Really good to hear Nigel’s stories about Sam.
  • 1 0
 Oh man.. A week late into this. Nige has some stories.... Keep em comin, wyn!
  • 1 0
 brilliant interview mate really enjoyed it cheers
  • 2 0
 Sweet ceiling light!
  • 3 0
 I read the comments to see if this was worth watching (it is) and then forty five minutes in I"d forgotten about your comment and then saw it ...I just cracked up laughing I can still barely type. Thanks.
  • 1 0
 Abram lad to come good this 'season'!
  • 2 0
 mavic
  • 1 0
 Lure them with tigers and meth?
  • 1 0
 I used to like Wyn until he let slip about becoming a southern pussy
  • 1 0
 hahaha
  • 1 0
 @wynmasters: answer is; I ate those orthern onkeys Smile
  • 2 0
 @wynmasters: You'll have to learn to drink shandy down there.
  • 1 0
 Wyn for the (G)win! Great interview. Wink
  • 1 0
 CRC need to buy Nige a lightshade
  • 1 0
 Haha, saw that too!!
  • 1 0
 Great interview
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