Professional freeride mountain biker Cam Zink has officially set the Guinness Book of World Records distance record for the longest dirt-to-dirt backflip on a mountain bike during the World of X Games: Mammoth Flip with Cam Zink presented by Monster Energy telecast at Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, California on August 21, 2014.
Zink cleared a distance of 100 feet and three inches which surpassed the previous unofficial record that he held at 78 feet at last year’s Red Bull Rampage event. Not that many had a doubt he could pull it off. In addition to this incredible feat, in the practice sessions prior to the backflip record, Zink also claimed another world record for the longest straight air dirt-to-dirt jump, recording a distance of 119 feet and nine inches. The man definitely has nerves of steel.
Cam hit 46 MPH before launching off a 15-foot high kicker, back flipping in the air and landing on a 25-foot high run-out landing. Zink and the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park team can be more than proud of the setup that allowed Cam to pull off the insane stunt.
“This is like a dream. It was the smoothest landing I’ve ever had,” said Zink. “Mammoth just feels like home now and I just can’t thank everyone enough for making my dreams come true.”
What an extremely exciting moment for Cam Zink. Along with the exhilarating feeling he had after pulling off his 78-foot backflip last year, there’s no doubt he was flying on cloud 9 after setting the 100+ foot backflip world record. Congratulations Cam!
If you missed the footage of Cam Zink’s world-record feat or if you just have to watch the excitement again, catch it on World of X Games this Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET on ABC.