Despite the wild internet rumours, speculation and misdirection from the man himself, we’re excited to let you know that Sam Hill has re-signed with Team Chain Reaction Cycles for the next three years.
The team roster for 2021 will include Sam Hill racing alongside Elliott Heap and Kelan Grant, joined by Sam’s long-term mechanic Jacy Shumilak.
We spoke to Team Manager Nigel Page on his eight years working with the Australian legend and what’s to come from Sam and the team:
When Sam Hill agreed to join the team for the 2013 season it was a dream come true for us all.
After personally being a huge fan of Sam (who isn’t?), getting the opportunity to work with him and manage him under Team Chain Reaction Cycles and Nukeproof bikes for the last eight years has been amazing.
Sam is a one-of-a-kind athlete and talent on a bike; the achievements he has accomplished in the sport of mountain biking is second to none – five Downhill MTB World Championships; two overall Downhill World Cup titles; 13 Downhill World Cup wins and three straight Enduro World Series titles all while making it look easy in his effortless, perfect riding style.
It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know Sam over these last eight years as well as working with him in his racing career, gaining more world titles and helping develop the Nukeproof bikes. He has become a great friend and the best team member we could wish for with his easy-going personality and professionalism as well as being the best mentor for our younger team riders.
2020 was a tough year for everyone and we really missed spending time with Sam, but we’re happy that he was able to have a year at home with his family in Australia – the first time for Sam since being a young Junior racer back in 2001.
For 2021 Sam is as keen as ever to get back at it against the clock and the mountains on his bike, doing what he does best – WINNING.
We retain most of our previous sponsors for 2021, but we are parting ways with Mavic wheels, so I’d like to say a huge thank you to them for the last 12 amazing years working together. The team will be riding on the new Nukeproof Horizon wheels for 2021 and will continue to help develop and race on board Nukeproof bikes.