Sponsored Riders

Pushys Sponsored Athlete: Sam Luff

IMG_7268 215 years old
Queensland

Sport:
Enduro and Downhill Racing

Current Bikes:
YT Dirt Love, YT Jeffsy, YT Capra & YT tues

How did you get into your sport?
I was a track and field athlete and represented Queensland at three National Athletics Championships for Javelin, Shot Put, Discus and Hammer, and spent my time committed to training to one day compete at the Olympic Games. All was going to plan until, in November 2015, I went for my first mountain bike ride at Bunya State Forest with my friend, Cade, from school. I had probably ridden a bike about a dozen times at most on bike paths, but never on trails. I couldn’t believe how much fun it was, and that I had been missing out on this for years. I spent the next few months beating that hardtail to death and so my parents bought me a dual suspension bike and that was it, I was hooked for life. I made the decision to quit athletics as all I wanted to do was ride and start racing, and unfortunately training for athletics was a huge commitment and it was getting in the way.

Screen Shot 2018-04-03 at 11.17.41 pmHardest thing about your sport?
For me, it is injuries. I have only been riding for 2 ½ years but I have fractured my wrist, broken my thumb, torn the ligament off my thumb and had a couple of minor concussions that made me miss lots of races in the season. It is just part of riding bikes and something that you have to accept happens to anyone who rides, even to the professionals. I know how important it is to recover properly, so I accept that I have to rehab my injuries to get fit again. The hardest part is knowing that if I have a crash and hit my head, I am off the bike for seven days. That is really hard.

What does your regular training week consist of?
During the week I focus on general conditioning with usually one circuit class, one tabata boxing class and two strength sessions, and a quick ride at the dirt jumps, but mainly just the conditioning. At the moment I just want to keep healthy so I don’t overdo it. It is the weekends that I ride, and usually get out on Saturdays on both my Enduro and DH bikes at Gap Creek, Toowoomba, Boomerang Farm or Garapine. Sundays I usually do some local trails on my trail bike and dirt jumps on the DJ. At least one day a week I rest and recover. My training schedule will get harder as I get older, but right now, I am happy with what I am doing.

 

How do you keep motivated?
It is pretty easy to be motivated when you think that you get to ride your bike as fast as you can and do jumps with your mates every weekend. Doing the conditioning stuff is the hardest part because it’s not on the bike, but I think it makes riding bikes better because you are fitter and stronger. Anything that helps you ride faster is worth it.

Goals?
My current goal is just to stay healthy and keep developing my skills on the bike. I haven’t got a lot of experience, so learning from riders who have that experience is important to me, and I am lucky that the kids I ride with are some serious shredders, and I am learning from them. For the next few years I just want to travel, ride and race my bikes as much as I can. The ultimate goal for any Enduro rider is to race at an EWS and for downhill it’s to race world cups. These are also my long-term goals, and being only just turned 15, I have at least three good years to prepare, and with hard work and great support I will hopefully get there.

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Best piece of advice you have been given?
I have had heaps of good advice from some really great people and a few tips I always remember are, ‘Smooth is fast’ and ‘Training beats talent when talent doesn’t train.’ But my favourite is from my dad, who always tells me, ‘Do today what others won’t, so tomorrow you can do what others can’t.’ I think it is a pretty great saying.

Rider you look up to?
I really look up to Aaron Gwin, not because he also rides for YT, but because he only started riding mountain bikes at 19, and now has heaps of World Cup overall championships, and I think that at the moment he is the best downhill rider in the world, so I think that he proves that anything is possible, and you just have to give it a crack.

Results
Downhill – Under 15 (2017)

  • Round 5 – South East Queensland Downhill Series 1st
    (missed season due to broken wrist)
  • SE Queensland Downhill Interclub – 1st (3rd U17)
  • Australian National Championships – 4th
  • Oceania Championships – 5th

Enduro – Under 15 (2017)

  • Round 1 Shimano Qld Enduro Series – 1st
  • Round 2 Shimano Qld Enduro Series – 2nd
    (missed Round 3 & 4 and national rounds due to broken wrist)
  • State Championships – 2nd
  • Round 4 National Series – 5th
  • Round 5 National Series – 3rd
  • National Championships – 4th

Upcoming events – 2018

  • Full National Enduro Cup Series
  • Enduro National Championships
  • Continental Cup Rounds in Derby and Mt Buller
  • Cannonball Festival

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