Bid For Sam Hill's Frame and Raise Money for Dementia

Aug 24, 2015 at 6:13
by Sean Lee  
Sam Hill, five-time Downhill World Champion, has chosen to donate a signed bike frame for online auction to raise funds for the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life.

Bid Now Sam Hill s Frame Auction for Dementia

The frame that Sam has donated to the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life is his 2003 Iron Horse dirt jumper, the same year that he won the Junior World Championships in Lugano, Switzerland, racing for team Iron Horse/Madcatz (Sam Hill, Nathan Rennie, and Jared Graves).

Signed by Sam, the frame features stickers from his sponsors at the time, including Iron Horse, Mad Catz, Troy Lee Designs, Maxxis, and Spy.

Bid Now Sam Hill s Frame Auction for Dementia

Frame Specifications:

Brand: Iron Horse
Year: 2003
Dropouts: 135mm QR
Headset: 44mm
Seatpost Dia: 27.2mm
Bottom Bracket: Threaded euro
Brake mounts: Rear IS or V-brake

Please note: being a 2003 frame that has seen the abuse of a teenage Sam Hill, the frame should not be ridden. While the frame has been inspected there are no cracks visible, Sam himself says the frame has seen plenty of abuse.

Bid Now Sam Hill s Frame Auction for Dementia
Bid Now Sam Hill s Frame Auction for Dementia

Sam’s Grandmother Betty had dementia in her later years and she started to become sad and withdrawn. Sam’s mother Jeni, a Spark of Life Master Practitioner, found her knowledge and skills invaluable in supporting Sam’s grandmother. Using the Spark of Life Philosophy, Jeni was able to bring her mother back to her fun and playful self and Betty said, ‘I feel as though something has been unlocked inside of me.’

Sam’s intention is to raise funds so that more people like his grandmother can benefit from this profound and life-changing philosophy to care, the Spark of Life Philosophy.

Bid Now Sam Hill s Frame Auction for Dementia

Sam had a very special connection with his grandmother who lived in the United Kingdom, and he often visited her as a child, enjoying holidays with her and his family. She was an artist who had a fun and playful personality and Sam remembers her as very loving and caring. He simply says, ‘She was awesome.’ Even with dementia, Sam’s grandmother could express how proud she was of him. In 2002, when he won his first Junior Championship at Kaprun in Austria, she was so thrilled she did a painting for him that showed half of the world at the bottom and Sam cycling at the top in his rainbow jersey.

The Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life raises funds for the education in the profound Spark of Life Philosophy that teaches carers and families how to transform the lives of people with dementia, restoring hope and zest for life.

Bid Now Sam Hill s Frame Auction for Dementia


Learn more about the Dementia Foundation make a donation here.


  • + 6
 This is awesome! My grandmother had severe dementia, it's very hard on everyone involved. EVERY rider/company should be doing this to raise money for a charity/research. Good on Sam!
  • + 4
 off topic here. But for a school project i was think of making an app that you can use to alert riders near you if you crash. In whistler this wouldnt be a problem because there are tons of people, but in australia you may be the only person on the trail at any one time. with this app, you could alert people close to you and they can come get you. the app would also be able to contact the local emergency services with you location, age, name and other details. another part of the app would be a trail warning system were people can share if there is a tree down on a trail or something is wrong (sort of like traffic updates). if there is already an idea like this let me know, but if there isnt let me know what you think of the idea. cheers
  • + 2
 It's a really good idea, these guys ( have had a crack at something similar but no reason why it should stop you having a go
  • + 1
 A very good idea! Its something that really concerns me as I ride alone often, this year, after nearly treading on 2 brown snakes and 1 tiger snake, getting stalked by an huge angry big grey and having two widow-makers drop their limbs right nearby to me, my concern goes beyond just crashing, but also having a run in with the local wildlife - as you can't run for help if you get bitten by a snake, you're supposed to remain calm and still and bandage the limb. A device that sends GPS data and calls for help that isn't as bulky as an eperb would be awesome!
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 Good idea. Or you can just buy a SPOT, bit expensive but you know you're always covered in an emergency. Plus if you are riding where there's no phone reception an app wont help (or if you're battery dies).
  • + 1
 Would have bid unfortunately I do not have $500 lying around

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