CAM ZINK FLIPS MTB OVER 100′ GAP
San Diego, CA – Cam Zink launches mountain biking to new summits by effortlessly landing his Mammoth Flip to a Guinness World Record. Live on ESPN on August 21, 2014 Cam set the benchmark at 100 feet 3 inches for the longest dirt-to-dirt backflip ever recorded on a bicycle. The jump was built under direction from Cam at legendary Mammoth Mountain using 160 logs and 450 cubic yards of dirt. With the take-off standing at 15 feet tall, the landing stood over 20 feet tall and the speed required to clear the gap was 45-50mph.
Through weeks of preparation and backflip practice attempts into an air bag, Cam was able to apply what he calls “redneck physics and science” to construct a jump safe enough to backflip with a high probability for success. Even with a calculated approach to building the jump, the most confident mountain biker alive got nervous in the moments leading up to his live performance. Moments before dropping in a few words of encouragement “it’s just a backflip” from a close friend calmed Cam’s nerves enough to focus for the longest flight of his life.
Taking off at 46mph, Cam slowly rotated a backflip on his downhill bike to the smoothest landing of his career. Despite a delay in the live feed, Cam’s achievement was recapped later at number 3 in ESPN’s nightly top 10 list. The most popular man in action sports will now shift his focus for Red Bull Rampage in late September where riders will compete at a fresh venue for 2014. Congratulations on your world record Cam Zink!