Sam Hill's a man of few words, an incredible athlete who'd rather let his riding do the talking than wax poetic for hours about every little detail of his life. Even so, we were still able to catch up with Hill for a brief moment before today's Crankworx downhill begins. How long have you been here in New Zealand?
We've been in New Zealand for two weeks - we did some filming on the South Island for Mavic. I'm getting excited to get home again. After this I'll have a week at home, and then the first World Cup. You're competing in the Enduro World Series opener – have you done many enduro races before?
Just local stuff at home; the SRAM Gravity Enduro that we raced in January would be the biggest one. It's a bit of a challenge, something different. How much pre-riding have you done of the course? (There are seven stages for Saturday's race – Ed.)
Me and Mike have done pretty much one run on all of them. There's some good trails – don't really have any idea where I'm going. I'll ride it as if it's the first time, try to push and stay smooth and upright I guess. Did you think at all about clipping in since there's so much more pedaling than a DH race?
Nah. Do you have any expectations as far as results go?
I don't really see a win happening. I don't know – it's the first one, I'll probably learn a lot from this week. Tomorrow I'll try to get through all the stages clean and smooth, and then wherever I end up, if I'm not far back at the end of each stage I'll be happy with it.
It looks like you've got a nice rat tail going - what's the plan? Keep growing it until World Champs? Do you have plans to do more EWS events this season?
Yeah, I'm scheduled to do Ireland and then the last two rounds as well. The Crankworx Rotorua downhill race is later today – what do you think of the track?
The track's good. I'm probably running a bit low on track time trying to do both events. Again, just trying to get time on my bike, have a good time and get through the weekend. You have a new prototype bike for the downhill too – how's that treating you? Were there any major geometry changes from the previous Pulse?
It's a prototype – it's really good. I can't really tell you much more about it.
Yeah, it's been going for a while. We'll see how it goes.