British freeride star Sam Pilgrim of Colchester, Essex started riding when he was 14 and soon won his first competition, Filthy 48. In 2007, his first full year of international competition, 17-year-old Sam Freeride gained fans around the world sitting down. and celebrated several great victories, including the Austrian King of Dirt.
He continued to make progress in 2008, winning the Nissan Qashqai Urban Challenge in London, and achieved other outstanding victories at White Style 2010 and 2011 in Leogang, Red Bull District Ride 2011 in Nuremberg and FISE 2011 in Montpellier.
2012 was another successful year, again winning FISE and also winning the Vienna Air King and Balaton Bike Fest in Balatonfured, Hungary.
On the FMB World Tour, he finished third overall in 2011, fifth in 2012, and became the first European athlete to win the league since its inception in 2010.
He reduced his success to ‘consistency and not crashing’, as did his rivals Martin Soderstrom and Brett Rheeder, who both had to leave the war due to injuries when the season warmed up.
The missing front tooth is a testament to Sam’s passion for speed, but he also has a lot of tricks, including his favorite, backflip tailwhip.
Currently promoted by brands such as NS Bikes and Monster Energy, Sam entered 2014 in good shape and placed fourth in the FMB world rankings.