In August 2014, with the help of Monster Energy and ESPN, Cam landed a 100ft backflip at Mammoth’s Canyon Lodge setting a Guinness World Record for the longest dirt-to-dirt backflip on a mountain bike. In the same evening Cam stomped a jaw-dropping 120ft straight air on the same jump, earning himself a 2nd Guinness title.
When Cam Zink was a little tyke cruising around Carson City his Dad purchased him his first mountain bike, he was hooked. Cam started competing in XC at age 10, took to jumping shortly after and well, the rest is history. Whether tearing up a local trail, taking on a slopestyle comp, dual speed and style, or hitting gnarly cliffs in Utah, Cam never holds back. Cam boasts an impressive lineup of wins including 2010 Red Bull Rampage, Crankworx, and FMB World Tour Champion.
Discipline: Freeride MTB
Birthplace: Reno, NV
Q&A What's your pre-race ritual?
I don't have a pre-race ritual, I just try to not think about anything and keep my mind off of the contest besides when I am trying to focus on what I have to do to win; there are times for that to focus all your energy memorizing and planning. When you are away from the course it is better to give your brain a rest, even until just before the start.
Your sport is pretty demanding both mentally and physically. What drives you to keep going?
The achievements keep you going because you want that feeling again, but it all starts with fun. You have so much fun riding your bike, then you set your sights on some goals so you can further yourself. Once you have achieved, you just strive toward having fun, and winning is pretty damn fun.
Favorite trail at Mammoth MTB Park
If you weren’t a pro mountain bike rider, what would you see yourself doing?
Hopefully a pro snowboarder or motocross racer/ fmx rider....
Describe yourself in one word…
SRAM, Monster Energy, Mavic, Evil Bikes, Deity Components, Oakley, Troy Lee Designs, Geax, SDG USA, VANS