It's the time of year to go big and bold in green and gold. Aussies - and the rest of the world's best - are booming with national pride for the World Championships in Cairns.
When we caught up with Sam in the pits, the obvious topic of conversation was his decision to use an enduro bike for the downhill event.
“For me, it’s something I’m comfortable with and I’ve raced it all year in the EWS races,” he told us.
“I haven’t really had any time apart from Fort William on a downhill bike this season. So for me, it just comes down to being comfortable on the bike. And I don’t feel like I could ride a downhill bike as fast as it could go.
“A lot of the EWS stuff is as rough and fast as what’s up there (on the Smithfield DH course), so I feel like this bike will handle it well. “I feel this is the bike I’ll go fastest on this weekend.
“There’s not much change to the EWS set-up. We’ve just swapped the drivetrain out for a downhill 7-speed. And we’ve gone up with the front chain ring by two teeth. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same. Plus the special green and gold paint scheme for Australia this weekend.”