CHART TOP­PERS

We ask pro rid­ers to name their favourite ridng spots. This month, it’s the Flat Pedal Thun­der from Down Un­der, Sam Hill

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perth, aus­tralia

Pick­ing my top trails is a tough one, be­cause as a racer I get the chance to go to so many cool places. One of my favourite spots, though, has to be just my lo­cal trails, where I’ve built stuff my­self. I love tricky tech­ni­cal rid­ing and I’ve got a bit of ev­ery­thing in there – rocks, steep sec­tions and loads of good turns. No en­duro straight lines, haha!

aus­tria and switzer­land

One of my favourite World Cup tracks has to be Sch­lad­ming, Aus­tria, but the 2003 World Champs track on Monte Ta­maro in Lugano, Switzer­land, was pretty awe­some too. I won Ju­niors there and placed fourth in Elite, which made it even bet­ter. [At this race, Sam beat the next fastest Ju­nior, Gee Ather­ton, by 11 se­conds. It was the first glim­mer we saw of the dom­i­na­tion to come.]

tas­ma­nian and ir­ish e.w.s. rounds

All the En­duro World Se­ries venues so far have been good, but the race in Tas­ma­nia ear­lier this year was re­ally cool. Derby is just a lit­tle back­wa­ter town where noth­ing much hap­pens, but it’s turn­ing into a hotspot for bikes, with loads of good ter­rain. For at­mos­phere at a race, though, Ire­land has to be the best. Loads of dudes get dressed up and they all get pretty wild cheer­ing you on!

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