SAM HOPE

I am a 24 year old Enduro Mountain Bike rider and racer. I started riding properly when I was about 14 focusing mainly on cross country. I enjoy the technical side of riding so when enduro came out this was perfect for me. I believe coming from a cross country back ground gave me good skills that transferred over to good line picking and smooth bike handling. I enjoy racing but you can’t beat a good ride out with a group of mates.

Growing up, my family have always been very sporty. My parents competed in lots of multisport events and my younger sister and I grew up watching them. When we got older my parents brought a section of land in Naseby, a small town an hour and a half drive from Dunedin. Dad built a small batch and we would head up there every second weekend or so. Naseby has a big forest around the town with lots of good bike tracks. We have done some track building up there and trying to make it so we can ride the least amount of distance on the road before hitting the bike tracks. We each have ridged single speeds that we keep up there and bring home for cyclocross over winter.

Current results:

  • 2nd overall woman Linger & Die Enduro 2017
  • 4th senior woman 3 Peaks Enduro 2018
  • 4th senior woman & 5th overall woman 3 Peaks Enduro 2017
  • Dunedin Funduro Enduro series 1st Whare Flat, 1st Signal Hill 2019

I love to ride steep and technical, in particular tight steep corners. My favourite places to ride are Alexandra, Craigieburn, Signal Hill and Whare Flat. 

A highlight for me was getting to go overseas in 2012 and again in 2014 to race in 5 Mountain Bike World Cup rounds. My best result being a 7th in Junior. I raced Mont St Anne, Windham, Cairns, Nove Mesto na Morave and Albstadt. It taught me heaps getting to race over there with the tracks being a lot more technical. I really enjoyed getting to watch the pro women and men race and still enjoy watching the races on Red Bull TV.

Older XC results:

  • 2nd U19 National Championships Nelson 2012
  • 2nd U19 National Championships Rotorua 2012
  • 3rd U19 Oceania Championships Hobart 2013
  • 3rd U23 Oceania Championships Mt Hutt 2014

In 2017 I won the overall DH Southern Series.  I like the fact that you can make a run last longer by doing little pedals in between tracks. Signal hill is good for that. In 2017 I got to race the Unofficial National Downhill Series that was held in Dunedin. This doubled up as the Otago Champs. I got to take home the Otago Champion title and 4th Women overall.

Other results:

  • Cyclocross Single speed overall womens winner 2019
  • Cyclocross Otago champ 2019 (on a borrowed bike)
  • 3rd open mixed team Nasbey 12hr 2019
  • 1st open mixed team Invercargill winter solstice 8hr

The last 2 summers on Tuesday evenings I have helped run and guide a beginner women’s mountain bike ride. We vary between tracks and take women in a supportive environment out for a ride. I really enjoy seeing other ladies improve and having fun on their bikes. I have done some coaching for Bike School with young kids getting them out on bikes and teaching them basic skills. I enjoy helping out the Mountain Bike Community with volunteering at dig days and events.