Video: Catching Up With Sam Hill Before the EWS Finale

Sep 16, 2019
by UCI Mountain Bike World Series  

He's one of the most iconic mountain bikers on the planet, with a host of titles to his name, and in 2019 Sam Hill will be hoping to add another to his roster. With just one race left in the 2019 Enduro World Series, Sam Hill trails the leader Florian Nicolai by just 60 points. If the Team Chain Reaction Cycles rider can clinch the win, he'll be the first man in the history of the sport to take three back to back series titles. The EWS caught up with the man himself, along with teammates Kelan Grant and Elliot Heap, as well as Team Manager Nigel Page, to discover what makes Sam one the greatest riders of all time.

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  • 71 1
 I was so sad when he quit downhill and announced he'd ride EWS, at the time my mindset was that enduro was where downhillers that were slowing down went before retirement. I couldn't have been more wrong, and glad that I was too!
  • 58 3
 Enduro is fun because you get 5 DH races in an event for the same entry fee. Change my mind.
  • 22 59
flag fabdemaere (Sep 16, 2019 at 11:21) (Below Threshold)
 Enduro is not fun because pedalling. Change my mind.
  • 67 3
 @fabdemaere: If you can't pedal a bit in a low pressure social setting between timed runs, maybe the mountain bike isn't for you.
  • 18 3
 @fabdemaere: if you don't want to pedal get a motorcycle
  • 9 19
flag thenotoriousmic (Sep 16, 2019 at 18:46) (Below Threshold)
 @endlessblockades: pedalling is super shit though can’t act like it’s fun. Let’s be honest. You’re better off just sessioning corners and pushing your bike everywhere. Well that’s what I do anyway.
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades: can you just briefly explain how enduro actually works on a typical day/weekend?
  • 3 1
 @endlessblockades Definitely not getting 5 DH stages in California. Maybe 2-3 Downhills, with a couple of XC/trail sprint-fests
  • 1 0
 @TheDeadSailor: Northstar, China Peak, Shasta, Mad River, Mammoth (RIP) - none are 'XC'. The Sea Otter is for sure, tho.
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum: geez - it's 2019 bit here Wiki: Enduro in its most basic definition is a type of mountain bike racing where the downhills are timed, and the uphills are mandatory but not timed.[2][3][4] Riders are timed in stages that are primarily downhill, with neutral "transfer" stages in between. The transfer stages usually must be completed within a time-limit, but are not part of the accumulated time.
  • 27 1
 The real G.O.A.T.
  • 1 3
 To be the Greatest Of All Time you need most wins and most titles. He doesn't have that in DH but he might get there in enduro.
  • 1 1
 You re French so you won’t ever get what he just said ! Wink @SintraFreeride:
  • 1 0
 @barbarosza: I am not French I just happen to live in France. I get the fanboy sentiment but words have meaning and I find it annoying when people miss use them e.g. how trail riding is now called Enduro when Enduro is just a race format.
  • 20 3
 Best style eva.... looks like hes on a Sunday stroll and may be lucky to finish top 30, but always up there. It's hard to go fast, even harder to go fast and make it look this easy.
  • 8 1
 'sunday stroll' I gotchu
  • 16 1
 This was 10 minutes too short Smile
  • 15 1
 Sam Hill is the coolest guy in racing change my mind.
  • 15 1
 Long live the warrior
  • 8 1
 Sam Hill is such a beast, one of my all time favourite people to watch ride their bike.
  • 6 0
 Hands down one of the most influential riders out there!
  • 5 1
 It's been a tough season for the greats to put things together. I hope he clinches it !
  • 5 0
 Sam Hill and Mike Levy in VDS please Big Grin
  • 4 0
 Sam is so economical on a bike, minimal effort and maximum speed, one of the greatest no doubt.
  • 5 1
 Sam H1LL is gonna 3-Pete!!!!
  • 5 1
 Gosh my top rider! I hope he wins again. He deserves it!
  • 12 12
 I know Mr. Hill would absolutely kill the downhill scene but he’s got higher priorities.
He could easily be a downhill World Cup champion and enduro as well he’s got the mentality and the skills but most of all the balls to go flat out..he’s a father now the downhill scene cannot be taken lightly ...I’m glad he’s happy with enduro!
  • 4 29
flag mi-bike (Sep 16, 2019 at 9:19) (Below Threshold)
 Hill has different priorities. Gwin has Higher priorities.
  • 7 3
 Poor Flo...nobody wants him to win the title (me included).
  • 6 0
 If Flo wins the last round, he'll be loved, but without a win he would miss panache
  • 1 0
 @fautquecaswing: props for use of the word panache
  • 7 4
 I sure hope Oakley blades don't make a come back
  • 3 2
 i dunno. those 100% sunnies that wyn and co rock are pretty close
  • 3 0
 Sam Hill is the GOAT for me. And great person.
  • 6 4
 Sam rides flat out... just like his pedals XD
  • 2 0
 Sam the man. Best wishes as ever tup
  • 2 0
 Foot out......Flat out!
  • 1 0
 He's bloody fit too.
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