Bid Now - Sam Hill's Fundraiser to Combat Cancer

Jun 15, 2013 at 10:56
by Mike Kazimer  

Continuing his fundraising to combat cancer, Team Chain Reaction Cycles's Sam Hill will be wearing pink instead of the usual Team kit in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Action Cancer at this year's Val Di Sol World Cup. The 5-time World Champion will ride a one off pink 2013 Nukeproof Pulse frame and 2013 Troy Lee Designs custom kit as he aims for the win in Italy on June 16th. Following the event Sam is kindly auctioning off his race gear (Jersey, Pants, Gloves) as well as his custom painted pink 2013 Nukeproof Pulse frame – the only one of its kind in the world! Hill is pleased to continue playing his part towards cancer awareness.

Sam Hill practicing on the DH track at Val di Sole Commezzadura IT

bigquotesI'm really excited to get the 2013 season going with my new team and sponsors and continuing the annual 'Pink' auction. This year I'm delighted to auction off my frame and race kit in aid of Chain Reaction Cycles' nominated charity Action Cancer. I hope as many of the fans as possible get behind this and raise plenty of cash for this great cause. - Sam Hill

Sam HIll s pinkbike tradition continues on his new Nukeproo Chain Reaction Cycles team. Once again this year he is running pink gear and a pink Pulse to raise money for breast cancer research. Stay tuned for info on how you can win this one off bike.

Auction Links:

Custom Nukeproof Pulse frame

Custom Troy Lee Designs race kit


All proceeds go to benefit Belfast, NI based Action Cancer (www.actioncancer.org).
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109 Comments

  • + 161
 I really respect him for making the gesture. I don't see why people are complaining about the colour or how it's being put into an auction. He doesn't have to do this, yet because he chooses to the charity will (hopefully) make a lot of money
  • - 138
flag eatridegrow (Jun 15, 2013 at 11:20) (Below Threshold)
 ...and the charity would make more money if it was a raffle.
  • - 125
flag mnorris122 (Jun 15, 2013 at 11:29) (Below Threshold)
 Well....in all fairness, it does appear to be red. The only pink I see in any of these photos are his gloves.
  • + 158
 Will you stop bitching about a great guy trying to help out a great cause! Go and raffle your own bike if thats the best way to do it!
  • + 22
 I think it's an awesome frame going to an awesome cause, despite any disagreements over the colour and the best way to donate it. It's making money the charity wouldn't have otherwise, so what's the problem?
  • - 53
flag eatridegrow (Jun 15, 2013 at 11:45) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah, I suppose Pink Bike isn't the place for reasonable criticism. Thank you The PinkBike Democracy for enlightening me on the fact that charities hate money and you all hate the chance at winning an awesome bike frame. You've really come back with some well-thought-out responses and reasons why I was wrong and you were right. I'm pretty sure I'll be having a conversation like this with my girlfriend later...
  • - 78
flag mnorris122 (Jun 15, 2013 at 11:55) (Below Threshold)
 I agree that is is a great way to raise money for a great cause, but the fact remains that they're marketing a red bike as being pink...compare the colour of his gloves to the rest of his kit/frame.
  • + 15
 You dirty troll you! Wink
  • + 9
 To be fair I was trolling you Jackclark89 too lol. Sorry mate, I was bored so felt like being a bellend!
Pinkbike is criticism central so you're deffo in the right place to have a worldcup rant.
I see what you're saying with the raffle idea though; since Sam Hill's Facebook fanpage has a fan count of 142k, technically if they marketed the idea sooner, that would be £1 per ticket, random winner gets the bike and well over a 100K towards charity.
BUT, you just gotta respect that's not they way they wanna do things and at least it's a good dead, breast cancer is no joke after all. It don't matter if you're not in a position to match the effort, that's life, we can't all be the same.
  • + 3
 +1 sir
  • + 43
 A pink bike on Pinkbike! Big Grin Salute Go Sam!
  • - 11
flag N-DUBRacer (Jun 15, 2013 at 12:54) (Below Threshold)
 ^ that comment.....dido!
  • + 2
 I had this argument last year too. I hate that it's an action for a bike that isn't even complete. So it'll just become a trophy on some trust fund kids wall. The F*CK Cancer raffle seems to do well enough. No reason why Sam Hill's actual bike couldn't bring in as much if not more in a properly promoted raffle. Plus it could end up in the hands of someone less fortunate.
  • + 19
 @ all who say the frame is red.

The statistics are right 7-10% of men are red-green colorblind!
  • - 9
flag roast-dinner-pinner (Jun 15, 2013 at 13:40) (Below Threshold)
 Its all fun and games until he goes to flat of the wrong lip and snaps it tomorrow in the finals
  • - 81
flag JejQ (Jun 15, 2013 at 13:45) (Below Threshold)
 Sam Hill does nothing, its just Public Relation. People will think he does something for others. He gets the parts, and everything else for free, I would have no problems giving out something that I got for free, knowing, that I will get more free parts after that. Also, if Chain Reaction really wants to help, lower the prices, so more people can buy stuff, and then they can spend more money on cancer or anything else, instead of paying for their own racing team, which means nothing.
  • + 12
 mnorris is kinda of the next protour.....
  • + 18
 Hats off to Sam, every year he puts thousands into cancer research, great to see such a nice bloke doing such a great thing for people, f*ck the trolls on here, the guy's a legend, nuff said tup
  • + 1
 Nah mnorris has been around for a while
  • + 2
 5.500£ for the race gear? Oh... My... God...
Well anyway that's good for him Smile the more they pay the better...
  • + 12
 Hey JejQ: if you see that a crankset you were going to buy anyways is on offer, £250 off rrp, do you buy it and donate that £250 to canser research? Thought not. Also, do you see any of the other riders from Val Di Sol auctioning their bikes off to raise money for cancer awareness? No, you don't. so it does mean something for Sam Hill to sell off his kit for cancer research or whatever. to conclude, go f*ck yourself with a cactus..
  • + 1
 they definitely should be able to cure cancer with the prices at auction.... 9 grand for the frame, and a grand for the kit. wow. its going well!
  • + 4
 JejQ. Your last statement doesnt make much sense. I feel like you're just complaining about price. Bikes are expensive. Thats how the industry makes money to continue improving technologies. They couldnt spend more on fighting cancer if they lower there prices... that just doesnt make sense.
  • + 1
 Good job to all involved and all who enter the raffle. BTW, it looks pink to me.
  • + 0
 If anything it should be brighter pink to show off the cause !
  • + 1
 Yeah good to see him still doing this. The frame looks pink to me maybe not be the Fluro pink everyone is used to, the jersey looks closer to red, but that said who cares if the frame was poo brown. It's money going towards a great research. Albeit pink is the official colour it's not about the colour. If you were that concerned with having a pink bike you could get it sprayed like this for less. It's about having a pro ridden bike and putting towards the cancer foundation not just colour. It may end up on a wall but last time I checked people can also build up bikes, you don't need to buy whole bikes. Just build it up. Good on ya Sam for keeping this happening every year. It's not just the bike and money but the exposure his bringing.
  • + 3
 I see the fashion police are out in force this morning. Guaranteed if you rocked up to a bike park on this bike and in that gear, everyone will know where it came from. They're raising thousands of euros/pounds for a disease half of us are probably going to get anyway and you b1tch about the colour. What's that they say about looking into a certain cavity of a gift horse??
  • + 2
 the colour of the bike wouldn't effect your riding... i'd ride a pink frame
  • + 25
 as i have had the hell of my own brother going through cancer over the past 8 years and still recovering, what sam hill has done is absolutely amazing! i can't thankyou enough! you are and always will be a legend!! THANKYOUSmile
  • + 7
 Well said. Good on ya mr. Hill.
  • + 19
 My only problem with this is that they's always make more money and be able to keep a lot more people happy with a raffle than with an auction. I've never understood why they do it that way.

With an auction one fat rich guy gets to pay maybe 15,000 tops for a frame and feel good about himself and everyone else goes home empty handed. Anyone who doesn't have that kind of money to pay for a frame can just switch off and ignore the entire event - INCLUDING THE CHARITY!

With a raffle everyone has as much of a chance as each other knowing that there is a sane amount of money to put into the 'chance' of winning something - as opposed to knowing that their elite buying power will see them through. Everyone engages. Everyone thinks about the charity. Everyone appreciates the gesture of Sam Hill and CRC. Ultimately the charity makes a metric f*ckton more moneys.

TL;DR: "I hope as many of the fans as possible get behind this and raise plenty of cash for this great cause. - Sam Hill" This is bullshit

rant over - how do you close bold?
  • - 41
flag Keiron (Jun 15, 2013 at 11:09) (Below Threshold)
 Your opinion is bullshit!
  • + 8
 Y are you so upset that this amazing racer is doing a something very charitable
  • + 7
 No it's not. In an ebay auction, the only person who actually gives any money is the one who wins the auction. With a raffle, everyone makes a donation. Fans can "get behind this" by driving up the auction price, but only one person can actually give any money to the auction.
  • + 4
 @Kieron: Another beer? What else do you think? You come across as a really fascinating individual.

@Quesadilla34 Hmm way to miss the point. I'm not 'upset' THAT he is doing something charitable: I'm a bit annoyed that he is doing something that only the top echelon of society will actually be able to engage with and that ultimately will not do the charity as big a favour as doing a raffle. But then I'm just repeating myself.
  • - 1
 Yes please if you're buying!. Nothing else just felt like offloading that one. Thanks for the compliment Smile
  • + 5
 @Keiron. Douche.
  • - 6
flag jimbobcress (Jun 15, 2013 at 12:03) (Below Threshold)
 @jackclark89 feel free to "raffle" off your bike if you think you it is a better way of doing it..
  • + 7
 FuckCancer also felt free to raffle off their Pink Intense M9 and look how popular that charity event was.
  • - 4
flag Keiron (Jun 15, 2013 at 12:17) (Below Threshold)
 @rustybones right back at you Smile
  • + 5
 just go on ebay and drive up the price for the eventual winner, just make sure you don't win, haha.
  • + 3
 I'm a little disappointed too, I also came here looking for a link so I could enter a raffle. But to get all pissed off about that means you're missing the point. This isn't about you or me, this is about raising money for cancer research. On a side node I also find it extremely interesting to see exactly how much an individual is willing to pay for this merchandise, that's something you simply get no grasp on when it's a raffle.
  • + 1
 @raging-hippo

Hmmm I see your point, but equally saying I'm pissed off is a bit strong (and suggesting I'm trolling - not you, someone else - is also missing the point). I just don't understand why they wouldn't want to try and make more money for the charity and why they wouldn't want to allow more people to be involved. So far no one has given me a coherent arguement why I'm wrong - just that it's not OK to criticise the way he chooses to do his charity - which I still disagree with.

Everyone seems to think that Sam Hill is completely beyond any type of criticism just because he is doing this under the name of charity and everyone is super quick to damn my opinion despite not knowing what I do for charity - I'm not going to say because that's not why I do it.

It's not that big a sacrifice to give away a bike which he didn't pay for and will be replaced tomorrow by someone else - that's not say I don't approve of him doing it - it's a great gesture but it's not that loaded.
  • + 3
 Meh, important thing is that money is going towards cancer charities. could it be more money? probably. but its not a raffle, so we just have to hope that 2 reeeeaaalll rich guys want that bike Big Grin
  • + 10
 I aprrove of this ( although Sam's pink Demo last year was nicer www.sicklines.com/2012/06/08/sam-hills-2013-custom-pink-specialized-carbon-demo-frame-auction )

However, those pink Ford Ka's that I see every now and again being driven by semi-obese greasy fat chicks - they have no place on this earth. x2 if they have 'powered by fairydust' stickers attached.
  • + 8
 Everyone complaining should f*ck off! Sam and the CRC team have actually thought about doing something other than fully focus on winning. And are doing something for cancer. It is pink... May look red, obviously the photo ain't caught it right. But pink is the colour for all cancer charity. It is recognised as it is... So stop ya bitching. If ya don't want the bike and don't want to put ya money towards a good cause because of your "street cred" then do one. Don't bid! Well done Sam and CRC. The ONLY thing I do agree with is a raffle would of gained more money Smile £1 per ticket. Ya could of sold10,000. Smile
  • + 11
 This is such a good idea, I actually like the color combo too!
  • + 6
 People bitching and moaning about a pro giving his race bike and kit away, and giving all the proceeds to charity....F-ing priceless and people never cease to amaze me of the new lows they go to.
  • + 1
 www.pinkbike.com/news/We-Have-An-Intense-Winner-breast-cancer-fundraiser-M9-2013.html raffles raise more money by being more accessible to people...
  • + 4
 The mountain bike community appears to have a lot of self important sooks now days. Or is that just the Pinkbike keyboard warrior community? Seems you can't even do a good deed now days without some prepubescent snot nose tip rat heckling you for it. Thanks Sam, and thanks CRC for keeping the tradition alive. Great cause.
  • + 5
 Pink Bike all week:

"OMG Gwin LOL what a shit c*nt" - after one bad race.
and
"Sam's Bike is red not pink" - after the photographer explained it's likely the filter causing it.
  • + 7
 there should be no negative comments in this thread...ashamed....
  • + 6
 Does anyone else think it looks red?
  • + 14
 It's pink why would a cancer thing be red
  • + 2
 'LOOKS pink' lol...
  • + 7
 lol, Tilt your screen.
  • + 11
 Well pink is really only for breast cancer. I think it should be green for prostate cancer or blue for colon. Breast cancer already gets enough attention with all these runs and walks and things and its one of the less aggressive and fatal forms of cancer in comparison to colon cancer.

Raising money for any charity (as long as they are allocating funds properly) is awesome though so +1 to CRC and Sam for doing this!
  • + 16
 Shouldn't colon cancer be brown?
  • + 1
 Its pink this picture is very saturated look on the ebay one
  • + 1
 I would say that it's probably pink but "looks red" Razz
  • + 1
 i think it's more red than pink, look at his gloves they are true pink ! Big Grin
  • + 4
 Cameras have an extremely hard time reproducing red and pinks. Your monitors are not calibrated and with the small color space of the Internet, pinks look reddish and reds can look pink. Hard to tell really without a true camera to monitor color calibration.
  • + 1
 No disrespect was meant to sam, or anyone in that matter. Huge props to him to do this, and im thankful we have people on the tour like him
  • + 2
 I simply cannot believe that people on here and whining and moaning about what Sam is trying to do to help people with cancer. We should be applauding him not saying 'oh the bike is red not pink' and crap like that! What a bunch of idiots!! For those of us like me who have had members of their friends and family die of cancer know what a vile, disgusting, agonising and horrifically painful disease it is. Anything that can contribute to ease people's suffering of this disease is a great thing. Well done Sam keep up the good work and have a great result today at Val Di Sole.
  • + 1
 The color pink is considered feminine in modern Western countries. It evokes traditional feminine gender roles, caring for other people, being beautiful, being good, and being cooperative.[2]
The pink ribbon represents fear of breast cancer, hope for the future, and the charitable goodness of people and businesses who publicly support the breast cancer movement.[7] It is intended to evoke solidarity with women who currently have breast cancer.
Breast cancer organizations use the pink ribbon to associate themselves with breast cancer, to promote breast cancer awareness, and to support fundraising.[8] Some breast cancer-related organizations, such as Pink Ribbon International,[9] use the pink ribbon as their primary symbol. Susan G. Komen for the Cure uses a stylized "running ribbon" as their logo.[10]
While specifically representing breast cancer awareness, the pink ribbon is also a symbol and a proxy of goodwill towards women in general.[11] Buying, wearing, displaying, or sponsoring pink ribbons signals that the person or business cares about women. The pink ribbon is a marketing brand for businesses that allows them to promote themselves with women and identify themselves as being socially aware.[12] Compared to other women's issues, promoting breast cancer awareness is politically safe.[13]
  • + 4
 Are they going to take that rear shock off as we're not members of the 10% club
  • + 1
 Forget the shock. No Blackbox Boxxer or proto rear deraileur!
  • + 1
 I don't get all the negative comments and complaints that it looks red and that it should be raffled! Quite frankly if everyone that has moaned donated a pound/dollar etc then they would more thank likely raise more money than the combined eBay auctions! The fact that Sam is the only one that does this every year I take my hat off to the bloke!
  • + 1
 Amazing gesture by an obviously amazing guy and I think he deserves massive respect for what hes doing towards fighting cancer....the colour is the colour of the cause an I just think hes doing a brilliant thing....massive respect from me.
  • + 2
 What fairy tale outcome it would be if:
A: it's a muddy as hell race
B: Sam smokes the field
C: the frame and kit sell for bucket load.

I'm all emotional thinking about it!!
  • + 5
 ill buy the forks Wink
  • + 4
 More pro riders should do this!! Thanks sam, good karma!!
  • + 2
 I'll bid although I can not afford even the air from the tyres right now
  • + 1
 Cmon all you filthy rich ppl get bidding for that frame on eBay. If I had the cash I would bid 15k no problem goin to a good cause. Well done hill good on ya fella Smile
  • + 1
 Wish I had the money to bid... Great cause, SICK looking bike (I would be so stoked to have that... I might even get back into racing)... That's WIN WIN in my book.
  • + 1
 This auktion is great. We all against cancer. The only thing i don't like is that many people bid only because they wan't the bike without any care of the cancer...
  • + 1
 The big question that everyone is overlooking is: Why is Sam wearing shorts?
  • + 2
 Show off dem tats.
  • + 1
 Tis a shame the average joe cant help the cause and have a chance to win some fancy kit
  • + 3
 My bid: FREEE?!!!
  • + 2
 Sorry man. The only name I want on the back of my jersey is my own.
  • + 1
 Does anybode know the results or who have won the intense m9 from the other cancer raffle?
  • + 4
 This will be announced next week, we wanted to wait until after the WCs.
  • + 2
 Thanks for the answer Smile
  • + 1
 Oh, that pinkbike...
  • + 1
 Woopdy doo...there i said it quit whining about who pays who for whatever charity its all goodSmile
  • + 1
 Once again a great cause! Did the last frame sell and if so how much did it raise?
  • + 1
 Very nice from sam.. but this frame have ugly lines. Demos are way more sexy...
  • + 1
 it's pink for sure. lighting and blablabla. props to sam and props to whoever wins this.
  • + 0
 I dont understand how anyone could bitch about this..? If its a little more red than pink who gives a crap..? The money is going to a good cause stop whining..
  • + 1
 It would be really funny if he bailed and ripped the gear and dented the frame
  • + 2
 pizza is good
  • + 1
 Current bid is $9,000. Guess I'm not getting it.
  • + 1
 I wish I was rich I'd pay 100000 just cause its a Great cause!!!!
  • + 1
 The top bidder is currently in for £11k on both items...
  • + 0
 guys. you are missing the big picture here. It for a good cause, the bike is only there as a bonus.... SMH!
  • + 1
 wtf is wrong with pink anyway?
  • + 0
 That frame looks alot like a tr450
  • + 0
 thats what i thought!
  • + 2
 Looks like a session... Hehe
  • + 0
 Swap for an xbox and a huffy frame?
  • + 1
 #WelcomeToPinkbike
  • + 1
 one dollar bob
  • + 1
 what stem is that?
  • + 1
 Happy Happy Happy
  • + 1
 1 dollar U.S.
  • + 1
 Tis Pink
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