- Belgium might be flat, but it does not lack for mountain biking talent.
- One of its best riders, is someone unbothered by contest or results.
- A mountain biker who likes building big jumps and riding them – with impeccably style
Nico Vink is one of the world’s best extreme mountain bikers.
Any serious cyclist knows that Belgium produces some of the world’s greatest road riders and mountain bikers.
Vink is amongst the rare group of mountain bikes who happens equally good at shaping and riding extreme terrain.
Boosting huge jumps and dropping off two-story ledges are all a typical day’s riding for Nico. Like many other Belgian riders, his skills are remarkable, considering the lack of elevation and big terrain in Belgium.
Speed and style
Nico even has a South African connection, having visited the Banhoek valley to help build some huge jumps for local free riders.
Whether he is behind the handlebars and at the controls of a digger machine, Nico’s skill and enthusiasm for mountain biking are infectious.
For someone who rides mountain bikes at the lowest risk threshold, Nico is humble in the way of true extreme athletes. And he is also known as the king of manuals.
Very few riders can match the Belgian’s ability to ride only his back wheel, at speed, downhill.
When it comes to finding the balance point, that tricky part of physics that make back wheel riding so difficult for most others, Nico doesn’t even have to think about it. It just happens for him.