Sam Hill races his first cross-country marathon, finishes top 10!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 2:47pm
Category: MTB

EWS Ireland action [Pic by Duncan Philpott]Team Chain Reaction Cycles PayPal rider Sam Hill finished in seventh place at the Dwellingup 100 Classic over the weekend, a 100km epic cross-country race in Perth, Australia.

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Here’s Sam’s report:

So I raced my first ever 100km cross-country marathon event, the Dwellingup 100 classic. It’s an annual race that they run and it was also a part of the national marathon circuit so there were some big names competing.

I lined up close to the front as I wanted to stay up front as long as possible, I was probably hovering around the top-20 when we got to the first steep climb which was about 15km into the race. The climb spread things out a bit and the lead bunch got away. At about the 30km mark I found myself on my own so I tried to get in a good rhythm that I knew I could do without blowing up.

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The trail conditions were perfect and there was some super fun single trail which helped keep the mind from realising the pain in the legs.

At the 60km mark we passed through the race village before heading back out for the final 40km. I was feeling good and knew I was on the home stretch. I’d also managed to pass a few riders as the race had been going on so I was happy to be moving forward in the pack and not backwards.

Since it was my first race in this format I wasn’t sure how I would go. I just had a goal of being top-20 and finishing in under five hours. I ended up with a race time of 4 hours 38 minutes which positioned me seventh in elite men and 13th overall.

I’m super pleased with my result and also that the race is over. It was a great day on the bike and some valuable training for me heading into the last two EWS rounds that I have coming up in a couple of weeks.

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