Perth, Australia – miles from the continent’s major metropolises of Sydney and Melbourne – is Sam Hill’s stomping ground. Teammate Troy Brosnan joined him there earlier this year for some pre-season training, which was captured by Specialized’s cameras.
While Hill – once the young up-and-comer, now the elder statesman after winning five downhill world titles (two as a junior) and two World Cup series – needs no introduction, Brosnan now fills the role of young and hungry. He’s the reigning junior downhill world champion and junior downhill World Cup winner, and is prepped to break into the elite ranks in 2012.
And he’s giving Hill a run already this season after winning the Australian national series and national championships. His 2012 goals include finishing in the top five in the elite World Cup series, and victory at the World Championships, because “no one really remembers second place”.
Hill will become a father in May and says this is providing extra motivation for the 2012 season. “I told you man, I want to win,” said Hill on the spot. “I don’t want to be anywhere else but first.”
Specialized: Hill and Brosnan from Perth, Australia (courtesy: Specialized Bicycle)