Monster Energy Specialized's SAM HILL finished just off the podium this week in a dusty and loose Windham, New York while teammate MITCH ROPELATO was 23rd after a good run.
The weather all week in Windham was hot and humid, and the track got loose, dusty and rocky by the time race day came around. Massive braking holes had formed on the already rough track, and with riders exceeding 60km/h in the straightaway's, it was bound to be an exciting afternoon. The track might have been short, but it was relentless top to bottom and any small mistake would cost the riders several positions.
Hill had a run that was loose from start to finish, riding like the pre-injury SAM HILL. The Australian's run included a very close encounter with at tree in a high speed wood section when a foot blew off but Hill managed to keep on the bike and get it pointed in the right direction.