Sam Hill took the win by 36 seconds with a masterful display of speed through the famously difficult terrain of the Chilean Andes. If you need a quick reminder of how Sam rides then this clip from the Nukeproof Bikes Facebook page should explain everything!
Flat pedals clearly win medals and Sam’s style was the perfect match for such a tough set of stages, crossing the finish line Sam had won three stages and placed second on three. Consistency that took him to the top of the podium in the first race defending his World Championship status from 2017.
Stage 2 of the 6 stage race was the longest in EWS history and team manager Nigel Page described the opening stage as being ‘the fastest ever downhill stage in mountain biking history’.
Kelan Grant had a tough time in Chile battling crashes on the unforgiving terrain and a puncture that set him back mid race. We know Kelan will be pumped by the win from Sam and great result in Juniors from Elliot Heap and he’ll be back and pushing hard at Round 2.
Elliot Heap had an amazing start to the Junior race in Chile taking three wins from 6 stages but a mechanical put pay to his race and he found himself in 5th from a race he knows he could have won. As with Kelan Sam’s win will no doubt lift the team as they move on to Round 3 in Colombia this weekend.
Sam Hill’s signature knee pad will be arriving in the US in July and if you want to check it out then take a look HERE to see the knee pad Sam has developed with us to race the Enduro World Series.