Competing on the edge
Sam’s favourite place to ride and compete is South Africa, although he said it’s the most dangerous, the Briton explains a lot of his training is preparing for potential crashes, “I train mainly for crashing. If you’re not strong, you’re just going to get broken; I do most work on my knees. The best way to prepare is to just crash loads. I also used to train in gymnastics to learn the best ways to role and fall.”
Some of the rider’s worst injuries have included a broken back in 2012 after performing a double backflip, however, this only kept Sam away from the bike for six weeks. He stated that the most painful injuries were knocking out teeth as he had to eat ‘soup for weeks’.
One of Sam’s other big injuries was slicing his chin open after falling through his handlebars. He said the reason for this was listening to headphones and riding to the beat of the music, this led to him mistiming a jump as he was in sync with the rhythm of the song; surprisingly, he now doesn’t use headphones when riding.