“I AM STILL GETTING BETTER
AT RIDING BIKES.”
CAM ZINK TALKS HIS RIDING FUTURE, NEW
FILM PROJECT & THE SEASON THAT WASN’T
Interview & Photos by Ryan Cleek
The label “household name” is probably as difficult to verify as, say, perhaps counting votes for the “world’s greatest grandpa” contest. However, with multiple world records, breathtaking riding highlights regularly featured on national television, plus a resume of freeride accolades, titles, and a reputation for going huge, Cam Zink, would be a frontrunner for any such designation.
At 34 years old, it’s been a decade since his 2010 Red Bull Rampage victory. However, when speaking with Cam, it’s clear he has no interest in slowing down, and witnessing him ride in person verifies he’s feeling better than ever.
With the 2020 mountain bike season turned on its head, I caught up with Mr. Zink at his Reno home to chew the fat on how the pandemic altered his 2020 plans, the evolution of his 170-acre “sandbox” where he’s building incredible freeride lines and downhill trails, his upcoming film project, the value of social media to sponsors, and of course, the upcoming Rampage.