Now Finished: Cam McCaul - Ask Me Anything

Mar 8, 2017
by Pinkbike Staff  
Cam McCaul Ask Me Anything

Decorated athlete, media personality, television presenter, dad, husband. Cam McCaul is the type of guy who approaches life full steam ahead and leaves no opportunity unexplored. If you've ever wondered how he does it, you will have the chance to ask him on Wednesday, March 8th as Cam will be joining us LIVE on Pinkbike to answer all of your questions.

How ‘Ask Me Anything' Works:

Starting at 10:00 AM PST/6:00 PM BST on Wednesday, March 8 you can type your questions into the comment box following this article and Cam McCaul will have a crack at answering them. Sometimes your answer will pop up in a few seconds; others may take a while, as Cam will be busy responding to the flood of questions. Everyone who posts a question, large or small, will be taken seriously. To make the process as efficient as possible, try to follow these simple guidelines:

Keep your questions relevant.

Stay focused. Try to keep your questions on one topic if possible. You can always ask about another item later.

• Try to keep your questions to about 100 words.

Ask Us Anything is a service to PB readers who are seeking helpful information, not a forum to broadcast opinions or grievances. If you do have a negative issue that you want to ask about, no worries, just keep your complaints relevant and in the context of a question so that it can be addressed in a productive manner.

Use propping to acknowledge good—or not so good—questions. Bump them up or down to where they belong.

Living legend Cam McCaul stoked on the beauty of the whips before him.
Cam McCaul and his Trek Ticket S

Cam McCaul Ask Me Anything
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

Mark your calendars—the conversation starts at 10.00 AM Pacific Time / 6:00 PM British Time on Wednesday, March 8.

Other time zones:
• 1:00 PM EST (New York)
• 6:00 PM BST (London)
• 7:00 PM CET (Paris)
• 8:00 PM SAST (Cape Town)
• 5:00 AM AEST (Sydney, Aus)



MENTIONS: @trek / @cameronmccaul




327 Comments

  • 321 9
 Have you ever been to Squamish in a Volkswagen before?
  • 15 11
 Hahaha Gold
  • 6 39
flag jmartinbiking (Mar 8, 2017 at 9:05) (Below Threshold)
 who is better, you are your brother?
  • 4 19
flag luis-beri (Mar 8, 2017 at 9:12) (Below Threshold)
 ah ah!!!
  • 212 2
 Yeah but I don't think anyone was there shooting it. How'd you hear?
  • 7 4
 @CamMcCaul: What is your favorite trail? And do you prefer downhill or slopestyle?
  • 3 5
 brilliant !!
  • 74 6
 What's the highest salary you ever remember a freerider having? Don't have to mention names, just curious as to what the top dog in that career makes in hopes that it's in the ballpark of where it should be! Thanks man!
  • 22 1
 I have to imagine semenuk takes the cake there. it is interesting how secretive mountain biking is with compensation compared to other sports.
  • 2 0
 @adrennan: Probs for right now, but I'm wondering if others in the past had received more as I know compensation has changed a lot over time for racers. I'm kinda hoping Zink is/was up there before.
  • 2 0
 Is "salary" the right terminology for a freerider? That denotes a weekly paycheck from some single entity. Cam is working behind the mic now and Zink has Sensus. That tells you something about the prize money and sponsorship dollars right there. Their salaries seem to come from elsewhere.
  • 88 0
 You know, that's a funny thing. This isn't a cop-out answer, but to be honest riders don't really share their numbers with each other. (unless they just don't share them with me..) I think it would be a good idea if we did because then everyone would have a better ballpark idea of what to shoot for. With that said, making money as a bike rider can't be the only goal for someone who wants to progress, but knowing what you're potentially worth to a partner is definitely important. The relationship has to be symbiotic if its ever going to last, and having long lasting sponsorships is the most important thing at the end of the day. More important than one big deal that will fizzle next year. Also, a rider's salary is usually the sum of all their respective partnerships, projects, etc. If you nurture each one of those dealings it can add up, but juggling it all is no walk in the park. Moral of the story, you gotta be willing to work.
  • 13 2
 @adrennan: Probably because they don't want people to know how underpaid they are vs the amount of risk they go through. I'm sure pennies.
  • 9 0
 @CamMcCaul: Thanks for the explanation man! Shred on!
  • 4 0
 @txrider1: exactly. Look at Conor McGregor. Embarrassed to admit that he will make only a little over ten million for a single fight. Below ten million it's too embarrassing to tell anyone!
  • 60 4
 How many car cams could Cam McCaul overhaul if a McCaul could overhaul cams?
  • 89 0
 YEESSS!!!!! hahahaha I've had this name my whole life and nobody has ever done that with it. Kudos my friend. Woodchuckin' Sallies by the Sea Shore while Pickin' Pickled Peppers with Peter. OW NOW BROWN COW.
  • 17 0
 @CamMcCaul: how now brown POW
  • 51 3
 Currently watching this in my AP english class and my teacher caught me, and wants me to ask you, what is your favorite punctuation mark in the english language?
  • 2 2
 Id guess shes looking for these two: Frown
  • 2 0
 As a teacher, I love this so much! As a film teacher, I'd ask a much different question.
  • 57 8
 Do you think pineapple belongs on pizza?
  • 13 13
 Abso-fuckin-lutely
  • 127 6
 I'm down with hawaiian pizza. Seems wrong, tastes right.
  • 7 3
 Canadian bacon and pineapple is perfect
  • 5 3
 I'm a fan of pepperoni and pineapple
  • 22 2
 You all disgust me.
  • 8 4
 pineapple ham and hot peppers!!! the hot peppers add a twist
  • 4 3
 @Oggie123:
This guy knows what's up
  • 3 2
 Ketchup on a Mac and Cheese!
  • 1 0
 @Oggie123: trade the ham for pepperoni and add garlic
  • 44 1
 A few years ago Vital mtb did 17 questions with you, one question was "if you could only ride one bike for the rest of your life, which would it be?", you said itd be a 4" ss bike, now would you change that to a 6" enduro bike because they have become so versatile? Huge fan btw!
  • 10 40
flag adrennan (Mar 8, 2017 at 9:34) (Below Threshold)
 probably a volkswagon. man, i know cam will be tired of that joke by the end of this ama
  • 22 2
 @adrennan: we all are, let's move on
  • 160 0
 Ohh!! Yes, an opportunity to change my answer! Thank you. My dream "rest of your life" bike is being built at Trek right now. Its a Medium Remedy 9.9 front triangle with a short 420mm chainstay, a little less rear travel than stock, a spacer beneath the headtube to make room for barspins and tailwhips, dropper post, 11 speed, and a tricky BB spindle friction device. Fox Float X2 in rear / 160mm 36 up front, Oh yeah... and 26 inch wheels.

"Where am I going, what kind of riding do they have there?" Who cares, pack that bike and call it good.
  • 63 0
 @CamMcCaul: Stoked to hear "26 Inch wheels"!
  • 4 0
 @CamMcCaul: Sounds like an absolute ripper, perfect for crankworx!

A bit similar to the questions above, what do you think makes a rider most valuable to their sponsors?

Huge fan BTW and amazing to see your proggression through the industry from rider to commentator and everything inbetween like the VW stuff Smile
  • 2 0
 @CamMcCaul: Sweet! A lot more specific than that interview haha. That bike sounds awesome
  • 1 0
 @CamMcCaul: I have a 2013 trek fuel thats decked out like a slopestyle bike but if u put seat up u can ride all day, with the stiff suspension set up dirt jumps bmx track and skatepark are no problem and yeah only possible with 26" wheels
  • 26 2
 Are you going to continue being the announcer for some of the major competitions throughout this year? Do you see yourself competing anytime soon? Thanks!
  • 45 0
 Yep, I'll be announcing a lot of contests this year. The full Crankworx series, plus other stuff. I don't see myself competing anytime soon.. When I was competing, I was 100% all-in. Thats how you have to be if its going to work. Definitely not something you can half-ass.
  • 4 0
 @CamMcCaul: great news to read you'll still be announcing! (though I hope we'll still see you shredding bikes for a long time even if you don't compete.)
  • 27 2
 What's your favourite MTB movie? How much has the full-length filming process changed since the days of The Collective?
  • 34 0
 "Evolution" came out in 2002. I went to the premiere during the NORBA race at Big Bear and I think there were like 10 people there. My brother and I, Cam Zink, Kyle Strait, Taylor Sage, etc. That movie blew our minds and it defined how we rode from then on. Kirt Voreis was the star of the show. He was doing the first barspins, tailwhips, and truckdrivers, big road gaps, etc. all on short travel full suspension slalom bikes and hardtails. It was slopestyle before there was slopestyle and he was also one of the baddest DH racers in the world. I completely wore out my VHS copy.

As for how the full-length filming process has changed -- First of all, I'm stoked the distribution model of full-length films seems to be catching up to the streaming age. I buy a ton of movies on I-tunes, I'm hoping everyone else does to, and I'm hoping that leads to more filmmakers setting their sights on full-length titles again. With so much content being posted online every day, full-length films have to be even more creative, or carry a unique energy to compete with all the quality 3 minute stuff that's available for free. Everyone has a camera now and the ability to make a movie. That puts the pressure on full-length filmmakers and their riders to up the game even more to stand out. I think that's a good thing.

Examples: Taylor Sage's "Lemonade and Duct Tape Stuffs" is so rad. He had footage from over 10 years, cut it together in a creative way that entertains you and makes you want to ride your bike. Fox's "Ride Your F#%king Bike" just premiered last Friday and it has energy, attitude, and no unnecessary frills. One of the best things I've seen in a long time. Then on the other side of the spectrum you have something like "UnReal" which had these CRAZY concepts, CRAZY camera equipment, and it was allll-time. For filmmakers to make full-length stuff these days, they just have to be badass and do it their own way.
  • 6 0
 @CamMcCaul: thank you.
  • 21 3
 What do you think of the future of the local bike shop? At the current rate of companies moving towards Direct to Consumer sales, how do you see this in the long run of keeping the lights on and the doors open at the average local bike shop who relies on selling bikes to stay in business?
  • 58 3
 What Trek and other brands are doing right now is a nice balance. They sell bikes online, but the bike ships to your local Trek dealer. You pick it up at the shop, they get their sale, and you build a relationship with that shop for future accessories, maintenance, etc.
  • 21 3
 How many city officials did you hope to punch in the dong when they tore Post Office down? Do you think an anniversary dong punching charity event can be set up in it's memory, similar to that Simpsons episode about Whacking Day?
  • 29 0
 Haha dong punching
  • 17 0
 About 10 years ago I crashed at Post office and concussed myself. I woke up on the couch in the middle of Post Office to you making sure I was okay and fist bumped me, thanks for that! haha
  • 16 1
 If you had the magical ability to snap your fingers and create a trend that the industry/sport had to follow, what would it be?

(ie: fat/plus bikes, E-bikes, ENduro, #boostallthethings)
  • 150 1
 Awman, this probably won't be a popular answer but 26" wheels. I just love 'em.
  • 28 1
 @CamMcCaul: that's the best answer you could've given!
  • 13 0
 @CamMcCaul: Best answer you could have given IMO. I keep staring at my old IH Sunday frame thinking of building it back up again.
  • 11 1
 @CamMcCaul: 26" for life. All my bikes are 26", Just feels so much better for me.
  • 2 0
 @CamMcCaul: You probably won't see this, but what do you think it says to the consumer, when companies like Trek offer bikes (session specifically) only in a 27.5 inch, yet their riders (aside from the racers) will only ride the unavailable-for-purchase 26 inch version. Not hating, and if I had the money, I'd buy a 27.5 inch Session, but I'm just curious. Watching Not2Bad, aside from the racers and the slash/remedy scenes, Casey was the only person going big on a 27.5 inch session, and the rest of C3 rode a bike that consumers can't even buy. Seems odd to me, but I'm curious on your opinion.
  • 18 1
 Who's faster? You or Tyler?
  • 8 0
 More important: who has more steez Razz
  • 39 1
 @Benbarlow21 / @jmartinbiking
Him of course! My brain is always racing, but its definitely not a racing brain.. Ty has always been fast and good at choosing quick lines. He was on the Jr. World's team in '08 at Val Di Sole and I was there to watch and cheer. It blew me away how gnarly that course is.
  • 2 0
 @CamMcCaul: Ah I'm sure you're being humble! Legend.
  • 15 2
 I know you're a dad and my kid doesn't like riding his bike like I thought he would. He just looks at it and goes back to walking around knocking stuff over. I don't want to force him into it but maybe you have some tips to make it more fun for him? BTW he's almost 2 so it's about time.
  • 6 5
 let him do kids stuff... if you dont feel like forcing him, dont do it, by any way and by any chance, give him the freedome to explore his likes and true passion wich comes with his true talent. he is only 2 man, at 2 i was still looking at my mom as an angel and looking at people as if theyre godes... did not even speak at that time... there is nothing worse than a grown up kid in his 20s b alming you for forcing him... trust me
  • 4 0
 @davidpr2: it seems to me that you've missed the joke.
  • 2 0
 @davidpr2: unless if you're like Cam Zink who straps a child seater on your bike and does a backflip with his little girl while his wife wasn't watching!!!! Wink haha
@mrgonzo: start them young get it ingrained in them!!!! If you look at a lot of kids who are around 9 or 10, most of them started riding bike when they were just amazingly to small for the sport some people would think!!!! If you want your boy to ride bike ride with him... take a look at Jackson Goldstone! He's still young and he's doing big stuff already with the help of his parents...... then take a look at Matt Hunter with the video he has of him ride bike with his couple year old kid!!!! If you want him to ride bike you have to work for it with him!!!!! Wink
  • 21 7
 So the last couple of months have been VW overload on PB, and you were the poster-boy.

What is the most difficult part of marketing/product representation for a sponsor?
  • 21 0
 Probably finding a balance between appealing to the endemic audience and the non-endemic audience simultaneously. There's definitely a way to do it, but with that project it became difficult for a couple reasons, weather being one.
  • 14 2
 If you could bring back any contest from the past which isn't happening nowdays, which contest/event would it be?

What is the most difficult thing in a rampage run and what would you like to change at rampage?

Thanks for the answers!! Wink
  • 9 16
flag adrennan (Mar 8, 2017 at 9:35) (Below Threshold)
 I am not cam but i want to see the return of the bearclaw invitational. those were always creative courses.
  • 36 1
 @NoBikeNoFun

I'd have to say Claymore Challenge at Highland MTB Park in New Hampshire. It was such a great contest and probably a little ahead of its time in terms of layout. Look at the Joyride course these days.. It has a similar footprint to Claymore which was from, I think 2008 - 2012. Starting in 2013, Joyride started weaving back and forth across the steep hillside to give the course predictable flow.

Most difficult thing in a Rampage run would be linking it all together. Your line is so long and has multiple blind features that you may have only ridden individually a few times during practice but never linked together. Oh yeah... and then you have to trick them all. It gets so much crazier every year.. Phew, Rampage.
  • 13 2
 @CamMcCaul: Love highland. its amazing what they can do with such a small mountain.
  • 14 2
 Cam, thanks for being such a great ambassador of our sport. And especially for representing as a faithful husband and father. Respect. About four years ago, you were eating in Splitz Grill (whistler) with Jordie Lunn. I was there with some buddies who were star-struck but scared to approach you. I broke the ice and we talked for a bit. A little while later, we ran into you at the grocery store, and my 40 year old buddy, unsure what to say, yelled "My kids love all your movies!" when he saw you. We still make fun of him to this day for saying that. The next day, we dropped into Dirt Merchant in front of you and a bunch of SGC campers. My brother over shot one of the jumps towards the top and had to bail, and he stacked up you and the entire train of campers behind him. We tease him about that too. Just curious if you remember any of that? Thanks for the memories!
  • 30 0
 Time for a reunion this year, I'll see y'all on dirt merchant with a belly full o' burger and a backpack full o' groceries!! And tell your friend, my kids love the fact that his kids love my movies. Nevermind, I'll holler that at him next time I see you guys in a grocery store. Thanks for the support!
  • 15 2
 How do you deal with injuries? Do you have restrictions from a crash that you regret now and what mental approach does it take to try again?
  • 26 1
 I definitely never regret crashes or injuries because you can't do that. It's all part of the deal. Is my body the exact same as it was before I started riding? Definitely not, but that squishy grey thing in our helmet has the ability to either dwell on things or learn from them and get stronger. Downtime from injuries are good times to focus back on why you started riding in the first place. Once back on the bike, its one step at a time, always remembering why you're doing it, enjoying it. Then, all of a sudden, you realize you're back to that feeling of riding and not thinking about the injury.
  • 14 2
 You're stuck on a desert island for 67 days and can have 1 movie to watch, 2 types of food (nutrition aside of course), one bike and one wild animal to befriend. what are your choices??????
  • 73 0
 Movie: Step Brothers.

2 types of food: Burrito. 2 of them.

1 bike: Remedy

1 animal to befriend: A parrot who I could teach to say, "did we just become best friends?"
  • 37 1
 @CamMcCaul: NEVER CHANGE.
  • 12 0
 Neck braces! I've seen you wear one. Has there ever been an incident where it has possibly saved your neck? And has there ever been an occasion where it has caused injury? What are your thoughts on neck braces in general?
  • 35 0
 I started wearing one after a bad neck injury in early 2013. I told myself if I ever got strength back in my left arm and could ride properly again, I'd always wear a neck brace. I also told my brother if he ever saw me riding without my Leatt, to kick me in the nuts. 4 years later, I've crashed a lot with the brace on and haven't had that injury again, so I believe it has helped. It's definitely never caused an injury for me. Now, if I don't have it on, I feel naked.
  • 4 0
 @CamMcCaul: OK. Thx for the response, dude.
  • 13 2
 I know you are friends with Paul Bas. Do you know how his recovery is going and did that accident change the perspective you had regarding the high risks associated with Rampage and other contests?
  • 11 0
 Did you get a special badge from the Sheriff for recovering the stolen bike?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSyI4J-7Hcs

Used to watch you on Drop In on Sportsnet in Canada, you rip!
  • 17 0
 No special badge, just a stoked Norwegian buddy when he got his bike back. Drop-In !! I miss that, those trips were so fun. Thanks!
  • 1 1
 @CamMcCaul: That's shady man WTF. I can believe it though, the people I've been dealing with lately, it's really blown my mind how ghetto a lot of people are in terms of trying to get whatever they can off you. And the guy still tries to act like it's his when you confront him, wow.
  • 11 1
 hey cam, whats your best advice for getting people stoked about the sport? its a pretty bad ass sport but some people just don't understand why ripping down through the woods on a pedal bike is so special.
  • 17 0
 I guess they just gotta try it huh. If its not for them, no prob but I agree with you.. It is quite fun.
  • 3 0
 @CamMcCaul: QUOTE>.. It is quite fun./END QUOTE>

QFT!
  • 9 1
 Cam !
In one of your previous answers i saw that you mentioned 26 wheels..Smile We all still love 26 wheels too.. Considering that throughout your career, the majority of the time you were on 26ers, and you still prefer to ride them. - Do you think the industry (even Trek for that matter) will finally settle down with either continueing to produce 26 inch big-bikes again as well as other sizes ? - Or maybe, 27,5" Front and 26" Rear wheeled bikes (like Cam Zink's setup) are going to be the "future" for freeride full susp. bikes ? How do you subjectively regard these wheel-size issues in the gravity department of our sport currently..??
Thank You Smile
  • 22 1
 Honest answer? I don't think any companies are going to make new 26 inch stuff, or keep making old 26" stuff for that matter. This will make it fun to hit up garage sales and flea markets.
  • 5 0
 @CamMcCaul: thanks for the answer. Too bad Frown I guess there comes a point where people who used to love this size have to accept 27,5 as the next thing..
Anyways, Cam, no matter where life takes you, please make sure you stick around in the industry for many more years to come ! Smile You are such an inspiration for so many riders out there..! -- The sport needs more Fun and Creative personalities like yourself to get even more people involved in mountainbiking. In other words, you are the best embassador for this job in my viewpoint.
Keep on doing what you are doing !!
  • 8 0
 What is your secret to longevity in the sport? Do you feel it is important to reinvent yourself either in a different discipline or as a presenter? Also, I was lucky enough to have a few conversations when working at a hotel in whistler in 2014, have been a massive fanboy for my whole cycling life and you come across exactly how you do on the vids on a daily basis, so thanks for that Smile
  • 19 0
 What's up! I left a set of spiked snow tires in the bike room that year! I left in an ambulance and wasn't able to pack my own stuff so I figured hopefully someone is putting them to good use. Yeah, I think its important to bob and weave and make changes when necessary. Basically doing what feels right is probably the best way to roll and sometimes that means making changes. I'll be honest, it was a gamble to stop competing, but I'm happy how its been working out. Busier than ever these days. Thanks so much for the support man, I really appreciate it.
  • 17 6
 Did you ever go to that place and do that thing?
  • 28 0
 Yes! it was wild.
  • 8 2
 Do you find the knock block on the new frames restrictive? I'm guessing there's no way to barspin or tailwhip with it and I've heard they can cause issue if you turn the bars a lot while whipping. Obviously this isn't an issue for most of us but I believe you've used the non-dh bikes in treks range for freeride before so I thought it might be for you.
  • 28 0
 Its actually kind of good for whipping, you can use it to bring your whip back like the bump stops on a dual crown. You're right, no barispins or tailwhips with the knock block. That can be frustrating. The good folks at Trek are working on a custom one for me that will be barspin and tailwhip-able.. Thank goodness. bearskin when i type bearskin it auto corrects to bearskin. come on! Barspin! there we go.
  • 2 0
 The biggest question I have is how often does Cam text "bearskin" so and why?
  • 7 0
 Cam = professional.

Excellent articulate and funny responses.

We are lucky to have Mr. McCaul representing our sport in the much wider world of mass media.

You make Aptos and the MTB community proud.
  • 12 3
 Do you have plans of opening your own bike park some day?
  • 13 0
 No plans, but man wouldn't that be cool.
  • 9 2
 What has kept you in the game for all this time? Even after many injuries what is it that has pulled you back and allowed you to continue to push to the level you're at?
  • 25 1
 I just love it. When I'm off the bike, I'm still thinking about it and that's how I've always known its what I should be doing. Do what you daydream about, and until I stop daydreaming about riding bikes, thats what I'll be doing.
  • 6 1
 Being that you are a former slopestyle competitor, now announcer. The best thing to happen to competitive slopestyle, having someone who is exciting to listen to and knows what going on BTW. What are your thoughts on the direction the sport is going? Do you like how the courses are starting to move in towards a more standardized lay out? jumps, drops, features being similar to other courses on the tour. Do you think this is what we need to see the sport progress? What are some changes you would like to see to help with the progression of the sport?
  • 18 1
 First of all, thanks, I appreciate that a lot.

As for slopestyle features being more standardized, I think its something that needed to happen, but I also think the courses need to continue to evolve to match not only the level of riding, but the level of entertainment. There was a time when you showed up to a slopestyle course and you never knew what to expect. As a result, you couldn't do the tricks you had been practicing, so the level of the competition didn't reflect the level the riders were on at the time. First you had to adapt to the course, then you figured out which tricks you'd be able to do. Now, riders have more of an idea what they can expect to see on the course, and they can train appropriately. We fought real hard for a long time to get some degree of standardization from course to course and now it exists and the riding level is off the charts.

Now... With all that said, will there come a time when either the tricks plateau, or every run starts to look the same to the average viewer? I think so... At that point it will be important to re-introduce transfer options or peculiar features to the courses. Stuff that gets the fans excited when they look at the course, and even more excited when they see a rider not only ride the feature but trick it. That was one major contributort to the entertainment value of slopestyle when it started in 2003 and I think it will be something thats important to bring back at some point. Whatta you think? Are we there yet?
  • 6 0
 Hey Cam.
How is your relationship with Alpacas now after the run we did down the Jump track at cwx Rotorua last year?
www.facebook.com/Liam4699/videos/vb.100001895635774/1016453521761159/?type=3&theater
  • 9 0
 Ohhh mannn!! That hurt so bad! I learned, never look at the Alpaca. Hahaha that was fun man. Well, fun after it stopped hurting. So glad you were filming. To @jory666 who was asking about neck braces, check out this vid from @Lkeenan22. Glad I was wearing the Leatt for that one.
  • 5 0
 Cam, I'm not sure if this has been asked of you yet but here it goes. What prompted your move to Oregon from California? Also do you plan/or already working with the local trail crews on developing new trails or is this something that is on your short term radar?
  • 12 1
 My wife is originally from Bend and we were visiting up here a lot. I really started to like it, plus I already had friends living here, Jamie Goldman, Kirt Voreis, Carson Storch, etc. Its a really good place to raise a family, plus more affordable than Santa Cruz, so all those pieces came together and we decided to make the move.

I'm gone a ton so a lot of the time when I'm home, I'm hanging the with wife and kiddos / getting caught up on stuff. I've definitely done some jump building here since I moved but no trail work. That'll be something I'd like to be involved with in the future when I'm not gone so much.
  • 5 1
 To expand the reach of mtb as a product, does the sport need stronger partners to broadcast and market the current product, or will it take a new variation to grab public attention (a la fest series and whatnot)? Cheers!
  • 7 4
 What future do you see allot of professional riders having after they stop competing? I presume allot of them tend continue to work in the industry one way or another (like yourself); but what other options are typically available after they hang their bikes up?
  • 8 3
 Is there / will there be a replacement for the post office jumps? I asked R-Dawg last year and he said that there were some things in the works, but I've seen/heard nothing.
  • 11 0
 There's a crew working on it but it seems like most ideas have lead to a dead-end. Right now they're throwing around the idea of rallying funds and trying to find a piece of land to purchase. Its probably the only way to make it happen.
  • 3 0
 @CamMcCaul: Thanks for the update. Considering the popularity, it seems like a loss to the community. I would hope that the city (?) would step in and help out.
  • 4 1
 @CamMcCaul What are you thoughts about the general image/portrayal of MTB ( gotta go bigger!!) and the relationship regarding the safety of MTB? And further, how that relates to the message that is being sent to the the groms' (next gen). When is enough, enough?

Cheers...
  • 3 0
 I would like to know if you do regret trying to frontfliping that step down at Colorado. The level of competition was pretty high between you two back than. And what about Emil Johannson? Do you thing that he is as selfdriven as Semenuk?
  • 10 4
 What's your favorite spot to ride in Bend?
  • 8 0
 I love the jumps in Redmond. Well, I guess that's Redmond and not Bend. I'm a big fan of the trail "Rock Fall" at Bachelor. It's right under the lift, lotsa good roots, rocks, and spots to roost.
  • 8 6
 Looking at the industry, there is always the next latest and greatest (be it 29er, 1x, etc). What has been your favorite latest and greatest over the years?

Also, what was your first bike?

Lastly, what are your thoughts on a frankenbike 96er (home made bike with 29er in front and 26 in the back)?
  • 9 0
 Lightweight long travel airshocks.. The Float X2 (Homer Simpson gargling sound)

First bike: Mongoose BMX
First bike with suspension: Dan Gurney rear suspension BMX from the '70's (hand-me-down from Dad or Uncle.)
First 26" mountain bike "Pacific 7500" from Toys 'R Us.

Frankenbike 96er: Sounds good for tailwhips and bad for barspins. Sounds like a bigger version of Bearclaw's old big hits. Or a Penny Farthing.
  • 2 3
 Trek already made one....it was called the 69er
  • 7 2
 What's your favorite trick or signature trick? And what are your thoughts on how to get more women into freeride?
  • 15 0
 Favorite / signature trick I guess would have to be a seatgrab indian air. Well, I think its already happening. Last year in Spain shooting for Not2Bad Casey Brown was right there with us training through a big set of jumps on DH bikes. Those jumps were pretty darn "freeride" and she was right at home. I think any girl watching that can use it as inspiration to do whatever she wants on a bike.
  • 7 0
 @CamMcCaul: hell, I was inspired! Go Casey!
  • 5 0
 @CamMcCaul: Coincidence: last month's photo on the Pinkbike 2017 calendar is of you and Casey hitting some massive jumps - probably on that shoot. Today is Women's day and Casey is out-Manning everyone in that Harookz shot! Super rad.
  • 7 4
 Hey buddy. There are just too many Cams and Macs out there. Do you have any good tricks we can use to remember which is which?
P.S. Love what you bring to every event you do commentary on. Keep it up.
  • 11 0
 Thanks! Haha I guess that would have to be a seatgrab indian air. I'm that guy.
  • 2 0
 How do you weigh risk vs reward? Coming back from a massive injury I got in a big mountain skiing comp and I've been thinking a lot about the risk of what I'm doing, more now than ever before. Soon I'm going to be getting on the bike. When you're looking at something, do you ever picture what could happen if you don't make it? Do you think that helps or does it psych you out
  • 2 0
 Hi Cam Smile !
If you had to choose to ride one bike for a full season, and you had two big-bikes to choose from. -- Your Session 9.8 Park, 26 or your Session 9.9 Dh, 27,5 ?
That is if you were to ride big-bike stunts , park , freeride jumps , and rampage even for a whole year..
Given the circumstances and the required terrain for the examples listed above, which of the two Sessions would you rather ride for a full season ?
Thanks Smile
  • 1 0
 How do you feel that evolution of the "edit" helps or doesn't help the industry as a whole? What is the best thing for cinematographers and riders to concentrate on in an edit? I.e. the location, riding style, content, etc. Is it better to shoot in a bike park setting? (Silver Mountain Bike Park) Or at a community trail network or even private trails?

Also, are there any edits (10 minutes or less) that particularly stand out to you and why? I am a rider and photographer/filmmaker in N. Idaho/Eastern Washington and the mtb scene is huge here, so I'd like to know what you think.
  • 10 7
 Is there any truth in the rumours that you are all foreskin and barely any shaft?
  • 5 1
 If you had to recreate one of your epic edits which would it be?
  • 13 0
 Probably "Sweet Morning Light." I want to do a lot more stuff like that one. Mixing slopestyle tricks in freeride terrain is my favorite thing. Possibilities are endless
  • 4 2
 Why did you decide to work as a commentator and leave out the riding in the contests?
Thanks for the answer and have a good day mate! Smile
  • 12 0
 I just felt the time was right. I always figured I'd ride contests until it didn't seem like the right thing to do anymore, and luckily when the time came, I had no doubts and decided to make some changes. I'm pretty grateful to have the opportunity to still contribute something to the shows.
  • 6 3
 When are you going to get that bird wing tattoo on your forehead? I've been waiting for Iike 10 years!
  • 14 0
 A kid at Summer Gravity Camps sharpied it onto my head one time but that's the closest I ever got.
  • 5 3
 Having spent 8 years in Bend personally. Where do you see the that area going next in regards to the development of biking trails for the more advanced rider?
  • 8 0
 Good question. Bend obviously has great options for beginner and intermediate riding (sooo many trails!!) and thats always the most important stuff for the foundation of any "great mountain biking town." In terms of more advanced stuff, I think its happening in a big way, it just may not be as conveniently located as the rest of the local trails. Carson Storch and Kyle Jameson are holding a Fest event this Spring at the Prineville Adventure Park. The potential of that place is rich and holding a Fest event there is a good way to kick it off. I think April 22nd is the spectator day if you wanna come check it out.
  • 2 0
 @CamMcCaul: Thanks man! I'll look that up! I've met Storch before, rad dude.
I have recently moved to the Westside for work and miss a lot of the MTB specific trails, but am enjoying the rowdiness of the Trails around here in McKenzie bridge as most are not developed like Bend. If you find your self in this area, look me up. Can show ya some rad stuff when weather shapes up.
  • 1 0
 @CamMcCaul: I've poked around on the internet and can't find any mention of the event. If it isn't too much trouble, could you point me in the direction of some info? I'm a tad north of Portland and would love to go watch. Thanks for all you've done for the sport; you have my utmost respect.
  • 2 0
 In your 3 bikes in 3 minutes video you did a while ago, what was your faviroute bike/segment to ride?
Think you rode a Session, Slash, and Ticket S (might be wrong)
  • 3 0
 Hey Cam I met you at the Utah NICA race, we talked for about hour. What is your favorite trick.
  • 7 0
 Wuttup! I always say superman seatgrab indian air. An oldy but a goody.
  • 6 2
 Why did you break up with kathy pruitt
  • 2 1
 What do you do when your not mountain biking? I have only been mountain biking for a year and a half and am 14 years old, and aspire to be a pro downhiller, enduro racer, or free rider some day. Which one should I pursue?
  • 2 0
 Did you make it to any of the shows on the Black Sabbath The End tour? Thanks for hosting the Ride your F#*king Bike premiere
  • 3 1
 Cam, have you ever thought about riding for Tetrahedron bikes? Its a 3 wheeled, no brake beast, and its NOT a wheelbarrow, I don't care what Kurt Sorge tells you.
  • 2 0
 I grew up watching Drop-in and started riding mountain bikes because of it. What role do you think that series played in both your career and promoting mountain biking?
  • 9 9
 Do you follow & watch DH racing pretty regularly? If so, what are the chances of you doing some commentating for it? ...No offense to him, but that's NOT Claudio's thing..
  • 8 4
 I like the Warner/Claudio combo. Warner for sheer enthousiasm, Claudio for nice race insights. Bringing that American style commentating like at Rampage and Crankworx would annoy me. Like, I'd have to watch muted.
  • 9 0
 I'm definitely a DH fan and I love watching the webcasts. I'd need a stunt double if I were to commentate those events though, its already a busy year!
  • 4 1
 I like Claudio's commentating. It took a while to settle in but he always has much more relevant and intelligent things to say. I pretty much only like cam in the slope style commentators, for the same reason relevant and intelligent comments. The others make me cringe. I'll "shut the front door" on my way out.
  • 4 2
 Would you rather ride a DH bike in heels, or a slope bike in scuba diving fins?
  • 5 1
 Gordos or Aptos St
  • 3 1
 Hey Cam, have yuo ridden in New Jersey before? If so, where and did you enjoy it?
  • 2 0
 Do you remember trying Cork 7s in the air dome at SGC 2 years ago together? That was the best part of the camp
  • 1 0
 When are you coming to NW Arkansas?
What is your most satisfying accomplishment to date?

Love watching your stuff, all beast mode...
  • 1 1
 Are you going to be a coach at SGC this year? And if so, what week? I was there for week 1 and 2, but missed you during week 3. Me and a couple other friends are doing week 2 this year, just to let u know. Thx!
  • 1 0
 who out of all riders you rode with shooting the collective etc. was the most skilled rider in your opinion and who did you enjoy most being around.
  • 2 0
 whats cam mccaul like away from public eye whats first thing you do in a morning and a day when you have no commitments
  • 4 0
 first backflip story?
  • 2 0
 What kind of music are you playing these days? Also, what guitars do you own?
  • 2 3
 So Cam if you were a 17 year old aspiring pro mountain biker like me and you have only a little support from sponsors and your not well known in the industry. And your goal is to be set up for riding as a job before you graduate highschool. Where would you start to get the momentum going if I don't have a foam pit or any big mulch jumps?
  • 1 0
 If you were to live in any town in the world, not accounting for your personal life and work tie downs. Where would you choose to live?
  • 1 0
 @cammccaul Is there a bike product that has lost favor or no longer available you would like to bring back other than 26".... which isn't going away.
  • 1 0
 It looks like the take off for Cams Canyon gap was cut down? Is this true? That jump was awesome, I had the pleasure of hitting it last summer.
  • 3 0
 If everyone in MTB was a nice as cam, the sport would be even better!
  • 1 0
 So when are you coming to Sheffield UK for a beer? Surely that California weather must be really getting to you by now? I hear the mud there is sub par lol
  • 1 0
 This might be a little late but one question....

Do you know if Paul Bas will ever be a DH bike again/ impossible or not=ever ride at Redbull Rampage again???!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Riders must hire talent agents so that redbull and bike manufacturers don't shaft them from being paid for their awesomeness!
  • 5 4
 Dear Cam, grape or strawberry jelly? and whats the biggest natural drop youve ever done?
  • 8 0
 Strawberry.

I think probably this one where I missed most the landing: www.instagram.com/p/weYLaoriG9/?taken-by=cammccaul

My buddy A-Rev told me to go slower but I didn't listen. From then on, I always listen.
  • 2 0
 gnarly! keep crushin it man, and strawberry sucks !
  • 3 2
 Are cowbells and vuvuzelas annoying when you are trying to race or perform?
  • 14 0
 More COWBELL!! MORE Gorgonzola!!
  • 3 0
 no way, cowbells and vuvuzelas are scientifically proven to increase speeds by upto 200%
  • 6 4
 what is the the hardest trick you've ever done?
  • 1 1
 oh dang. i just asked the same thing and looked up and saw that you just asked it.
  • 17 0
 Probably a frontflip superman indian air.
  • 3 0
 @CamMcCaul: ya right. That is insane.
  • 5 3
 Did you break more bike parts than bones? or more bones than bike parts?
  • 14 0
 More bike parts. Just because I've had more bikes than I've had bodies.
  • 2 2
 When you are faced with a full scheduled of events how do you stay stoked and excited after being busy and tired, or do you have to put on a "stage face"?
  • 3 2
 What was your favorite contest to compete in?
What was your favorite video part?
  • 4 3
 You seem like you are always really happy. Do you have any motto you live by or frequently find yourself thinking about?
  • 2 1
 What is the one vehicle you would take across the country and live out of while riding bikes along the way if you could?
  • 3 1
 What's one thing you regret doing as a mountain biker ?
  • 3 1
 Do you ever ride non-Trek bikes just to see what they are like?
  • 3 0
 Favorite band?
  • 2 0
 Do you miss your Ellsworth?
  • 2 0
 Favorite NWD era freeride bike?
  • 2 1
 Isn't being a parent great? I know I loved watching Lydia mess with you at Winter Park!! Keep up the great work buddy!!
  • 6 5
 Do you want to play drums in my noise rock band? I live in Bend.
  • 10 0
 Absolutely.
  • 3 2
 Are you coming back to Colorado Freeride fest this year?
  • 4 0
 Heck ya if I get invited back for the webcast. Haven't heard anything yet but I have it marked on the calendar just in case. Love that event.
  • 6 5
 what's the best party in the MTB calendar ???
  • 4 1
 The Vanzac yearly queenstown party
  • 7 0
 Probably Crankworx Whistler right?
  • 3 2
 What has been your favorite ride in your life?
  • 3 2
 Are you coaching at SGC this year? If so, what weeks?
  • 4 0
 I plan to, I always try to make sure I get up there each year. Waiting for the calendar to sort itself out so I can see where I have a window.
  • 5 4
 do want to do the 29er plus challenge again?
  • 4 0
 Sure, got anymore ideas?
  • 1 1
 @CamMcCaul: ebike challenge!!!! Challenge accepted ??
  • 1 0
 @CamMcCaul: a 360 double bar?
  • 3 3
 I saw you in italy with Torquato Testa recently , in his instagram stories . What brought you here ? How was your trip ?
  • 10 0
 Wussup! It was for a new web series called "McCaul Meets." I go hang with slopestyle heavy-hitters in between Crankworx events to see how they prepare for the contests. The trip was amazing, sooo good. After that, I went up to Sweden to do the next episode on Max Fredriksson.
  • 4 3
 What was the hardest trick to learn and how long did it take to nail it.
  • 11 0
 Frontflip.. It took me forever. Rdog used to come over every day and film me trying into the pool jump so I could review the footage comparing it to footage of Scotty Cranmer, Corey Bohan, Ryan Guettler, etc. I think it took me like 2 years. At the time, Lance Mcdermott was the only guy doing it at mountain bike contests and he wouldn't share any tips!! Rightfully so.
  • 4 3
 What is the worst bike you've ridden in your professional career? Best?
  • 3 2
 Have you ever rode in Michigan?
  • 2 1
 How has the evolution of mtb affected competing in the past years?
  • 2 1
 Why do you run a front brake on your dirt jump and slopestyle bike?
  • 2 1
 What is your favorite bike park
  • 1 0
 How can you get the better tickets at Red Bull rampage
  • 2 1
 Who makes you laugh the most?
  • 1 0
 What help you send something, or hit something super fast?
  • 1 0
 How long have you been riding?
  • 1 0
 Whats your thoughts on hand shakes personal to you and your buddies?
  • 3 2
 What is your favorite trail in Bend?
  • 2 1
 Based on your riding style what animal are you?
  • 2 1
 Surf trip to Indo or Mtb to Alps?
  • 2 1
 How'd you go about attracting attention from sponsors?
  • 2 1
 You travel around a lot whats the home comfort you miss the most
  • 1 0
 What bike do you use the most in the year?
  • 1 0
 What music/guitars are you playing currently?
  • 1 0
 What's your favorite place to ride?
  • 1 0
 Wanna come shred bikes in whitehorse yukon?
  • 2 2
 Thanks for doing this Cam. What do you think of e-bikes and other stuff industry pushes that nobody wants?
  • 2 2
 If you could choose one piece of machinery for building slope jumps, what would it be?
  • 1 1
 Are you going to wear the new fox full face for dh riding or are you going to stick to the rampage
  • 1 0
 Tyler Mccaul vs cam Mccaul who wins the huck off that's the question ?
  • 1 1
 What is the gnarliest trick you have ever done? And do you still have the confidence to do it?
  • 1 0
 What Age did you start riding competition Slopestyle?
  • 1 0
 When we will see you doing a superman seatgrab again?
  • 1 0
 Will you be riding any fest events this year?
  • 1 1
 What is the tastiest bug you have ever put in your mouth? Also, ever ride in the Hood River OR area?
  • 1 1
 Hi cam im going to summer gravity camp this year, are you teaching this year, as it would be rad to ride with you??
  • 1 1
 Hi Cam what kind of surfboard do you ride? Approx. Dimensions? Shortboard? Thanks for the inspiration!
  • 1 0
 cam- how long have ya been playin geetarz? whaddya like playin?
  • 1 1
 So what's Brad Jay like to work with .... I'm stuck in a booth with him at Bachelor
  • 1 0
 If you could bring one event and one athlete who were they be?
  • 1 1
 Do you see freestyle events in other countries and continents like South America in the near future?
  • 2 1
 Will you ever host a Cams Jam again?
  • 1 1
 How's your body after all those years of hard ripping, especially the spine?
  • 1 1
 Have you done any riding on Vancouver Island?? If so, where? ..and what were your favourite trails??
  • 1 1
 I might be a little late, but what's your favorite place to ride in Canada? In the USA?
  • 1 0
 Cam, come down to Colorado and drink some beer with us!
  • 1 0
 I guess that isn't much of a question, but still...
  • 1 0
 Best memory filming New world disorder?
  • 1 0
 How do you do a superman?
  • 1 0
 Will you ever get that tattoo on your forehead?
  • 1 0
 When are you coming back to Black Rock?
  • 1 0
 @CamMcCaul How do you like Emil Johanson?
  • 1 0
 @CamMcaul Have you gotten any sponsorship offers lately?
  • 1 0
 Why are some of the comments highlighted pink?
  • 1 0
 Yo cam, what do you like to ride more, downhill freeride, or dirt jumping
  • 1 0
 Can you remember the Scratch? How was it in his short life?
  • 3 4
 If you had to use one type of bike tire for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  • 3 0
 Bontrager 26" XR4 2.35"
  • 3 4
 Regarding Cline Butte....if space is limited on an upcoming Bend trip, and you had to choose, DH or Trail sled for Cline?
  • 8 0
 I'd go DH cuz then you can pin through the gnarly stuff at the top and the jumps at the bottom still flow nicely on a big bike.
  • 1 1
 Wanna come shred some bikes in whitehorse yukon?
  • 2 2
 Wouldn't a third NotBad in the french alps be a cool thing?
  • 2 2
 How did you know that you'd make it as a pro rider?
  • 2 1
 Fried Chicken or Ribs?
  • 1 2
 How can I become a pro freerider or get some sponsors. I am just from a little town 2 hours away from Saint George, Utah
  • 3 3
 What do you think of Donald Trump
  • 1 1
 What is your favourite riding spot and trail ever
  • 1 1
 So what about that wing tattoo on your forehead you were talking about?
  • 1 1
 What's your fav brewery in bend?
  • 2 3
 Would you rather be a deer or a water buffalo? and Why?
  • 2 4
 Do u think mtb sites should cover non mtb related content such as ebikes, moto, Rollerblades?
  • 3 0
 ...GOD I hope not! ..."Rollerblades"???
  • 1 1
 Q: Are we not men?
  • 1 2
 Did i miss this already ? Anyone..?
  • 1 0
 It currently says "Live Now". When it's over, the title will change saying so.
  • 2 2
 to huck or not to huck
  • 7 10
 What's your opinion on transgender athletes competing?
  • 6 4
 There's no gender separation in freeride comps
  • 3 3
 @me2menow: did I say anything about freeride comps?
  • 2 2
 @acfulton77: No need to be sassy
  • 3 2
 @me2menow: sassy? You responded to the question asked to Cam without thinking about the actual question. Think before you type. Nowhere in the question does it mention freeride comps. I think youve been taking too many Q&A tips from Sean Spicer
  • 2 1
 @acfulton77: Who the f*ck is sean spicer? You need to chill missy
  • 5 7
 Are e-bikes cool?
  • 4 7
 Is freeride dead?
  • 34 0
 Freeride is scheming as an undercover agent disguised as the enduro bike, just waiting for its moment to pounce.
  • 1 4
 Is 26 (except ss) dead?
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