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Sam Hill signs with CRC/Nukeproof for 2013

Sam Hill signs with CRC/Nukeproof for 2013

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Sam Hill will join Joe Smith and Matt Simmonds on CRC/Nukeproof for the 2013 World Cup season!

Well, this amazing news did have an embargo for the 1st Jan 2013, but some blokes can’t keep a secret!

So there we go, big news, Hill leaves Monster/Specialized after four years, while CRC shed Matti Lehikoinen, Al Bond, andLew Buchanan, who (only him, goes to SC-Intense.

Team manager Nige Page must be happy now that the team is a more manageable trio, booking airflights and hotels will be a doddle now!

Here’s the full word from CRC/Nukeproof:

Team CRC/Nukeproof are proud to welcome legendary Australian rider Sam Hill onto the roster, joining Matt Simmonds and Joe Smith as they look forward to success in the upcoming 2013 RockyRoads UCI Mountain Bike World Cup season.

A five time downhill World Champion and with numerous World Cup podiums under his belt, Sam Hill is widely regarded as one of the most skilful riders on the circuit, often showing disregard for and picking apart the most loose, steep or gnarly courses in the world.

The decision to join Team CRC/Nukeproof wasn’t difficult for Sam, who said: “I’m very excited about riding for team Chain Reaction Cycles/Nukeproof. They are very positive towards downhill racing and I know they are going to put in 100% just like me.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to the races under the Chain Reaction Cycles tents and hanging with the team. 2013 is going to be a good year.”

Matt Simmonds and Joe Smith, who both had their most successful professional season in 2012, are hoping to push themselves even further this year with the help of their new teammate. Matt said: “To have a rider of Sam’s calibre on the team will be awesome for us! Placing 16th overall in last year’s World Cup was great for me and gives me the perfect platform to improve my times this year and get closer to podium finishes.”

Joe Smith, who took 19th overall in last year’s World Cup rankings, is stoked on what the future holds for the team, saying: “Finishing seventh at Fort Bill last year was a definite highlight, and to end up in the top-20 overall was fantastic. With the help of the team and some tweaks to my riding, this year should be amazing for us all.”

Team Manager Nigel Page said: “I’m delighted Sam has decided to join our team! I have been a big fan of Sam throughout his successful downhill career. He’s had amazing results in the past winning five World Championship titles and is a fantastic ambassador for any company involved in downhill and mountain biking in general.

“We have worked hard on developing a great team and great bikes over the last five seasons and I believe having a rider of Sam’s pedigree will step the team up to that next level and also bring on the results of Matt and Joe, who had very promising seasons in 2012.

“We are all really looking forward to having Sam on board helping the development of new Nukeproof products and hopefully helping Sam achieve his goals in racing in the next stage of his career. I can’t wait for the 2013 season to begin!”

Sam Hill

Mr Team Rumours was on the ball again with his pencil sketched assumptions.

  1. Steve

    To be honest I don’t care who CRC sign….. JUST STOP POSTING STUFF TO ME IN GIANT FUNKING BOXES!!!!!!

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  3. vandick

    Good moment for Chain Reaction Cycles.
    Best team for 2013 season for me.
    Good luck Sam !

  4. Dangerous

    Monster/CRC/Nukeproof then? and running sram/avid/rockshox?

  5. Kenneth

    Fair play Sam, it’s too easy to sit in a comfort zone and let things get boring and stale! Maybe more riders should take note!

  6. TimBud

    Any word on what Matti’s doing next year yet?

    1. rick

      arent the rest of last years crc team not moving to SC-Intense? sure i read that somewere.

      1. hans brix

        ” while CRC shed Matti Lehikoinen, Al Bond and Lew Buchanan, who goes to SC-Intense.”

        Only Lew is.

  7. Si Paton

    CRC/nukeproofs Sam Hill will be making an appearance at the 2013 BDS. Can’t say which dates as yet, I need to quickly go and order some more crowd barriers, skips, toilets, bog roll.. Back soon.

  8. dirt dodger

    Holy fu**ing shit !

  9. Adrian

    I think Matti will go to the Enduro word seeing news like that…

  10. sharpy182

    Still doesnt explain the ‘prepaid credit card’ bit???

  11. #really

    sharpy182… really?

  12. John

    Man, poor Matti. That kid had some real talent. Just as he was on the upswing those couple of big crashes/injuries really killed his career.

  13. Eoin

    Holy Sh*t! This changes everything! Huge shakeups going on so, whos gonna ride with Troy? I’d be so happy to see Sam on the 1st of the podium!

    1. Kenneth

      Mitch Ropelato is still there with Troy but I wonder if they will look at getting some one else!

      1. matt

        My call is Brook MacDonald, and hopefully Ropelato will be bumped up to the WC team

  14. Down&Dirty

    Pinkbike strike again.looking forward to the new season.

    1. hans brix

      It wasn’t pinkbike, it was some German site.

  15. Hank Stamper

    Gwin to Specialized?

  16. Mike

    Gwin stays with Trek. Who knows what Specialized has in store for us, but I think Ropelato is moving up as a 2nd rider for the whole season. Troy will be hungry for wins and in my opinion he is the most talented youngster on the circuit. He is definetely capable of winning every single race (besides Petermaritzburg)!

  17. Spez Zeps

    It will be weird to see SH on an other bike than Spez… hope he stops with Monster too – looks so awfull to see the riders everytime with their energy-suger-can in their hand…

    1. Spez Zeps

      or will the team be nukeproof chainreaction monster?? hahaha! 😀

  18. Bighead

    Oh fantastic news, should be able to buy some really cheap second hand demo’s soon when all the fanboys sell up and buy a nukeproof.

  19. Craig Quik

    Ace news for CR – keen to see where Matti ends up.

  20. Tiziano

    yesterday Ropelato, on instagram, said he will ride for monster specialized world cup team in 2013

  21. Paul

    Sam Hill doing BDS umm yes like that

    1. oknidd

      what’s with all the news that gwin signed for Specialized? with the recent news that he signed for trek for three more years it seems kinda hoaxy

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