Interview: Cam McCaul - Red Bull District Ride

Aug 31, 2017
by rasoulution  
Cam McCaul won the 2006 edition of Red Bull District Ride in Nuremberg. Now, 11 years later he returns to Nuremberg once again. This time not as rider but as the ‘voice of slopestyle’ on Red Bull TV. We used the opportunity to ask Cam to reflect on how the sport has changed and the current state of slopestyle.

Watch Red Bull District Ride 2017 live from Nuremberg, Germany on September 2, 3pm CEST—exclusively on Red Bull TV and here on Pinkbike.

What was it like winning Red Bull District Ride back in 2006?

It was an exciting win because it’s obviously such a big event. The crowd is absolutely insane and it makes you want to put on a good show.

by Markus Greber
The Podium at Red Bull District Ride 2006. Image by Markus Greber.

Which place do you think you would land if you sent the same run at Red Bull District Ride 2017?

Hahahaha! My winning run in 2006 wouldn’t even evoke a chirp out of the crowd these days and the judges would fall asleep. It’s insane how much the sport has progressed in the last 11 years.  

Can you describe in what way slopestyle has developed since then?

Tricks, tricks, tricks. And precision. Gone are the days of all the riders having similar tricks, and consistency being the determining factor. These days, every single rider is precise or they wouldn’t be there. Its a space-race to see who can come up with something that is new, exciting, and never been done before in slopestyle. You can see tricks that are equally influenced by snow sports, BMX, and moto, and I think that’s what makes this sport so exciting.  

by Stefan Hunziker
Cam throwing down at Red Bull District Ride 2006

Back in 2005 MTB icons like Gee Atherton and Cedric Gracia were in the mix. Can you describe why this would be unthinkable today?

Slopestyle was still a bit of a cooking experiment back then and riders from all different backgrounds were sprinkling their spices on the recipe. It made for a great show because there were different line options on the course, allowing the wide variety of riders to interpret things in their own way. Now in 2017, the sport is so clearly defined that the athletes who compete at the top level are specialists in this competitive form. It’s less of a sideshow now and more of an elite world tour. 12 years later now, I suppose it would be safe to say that the experiment was a success.  

How has the media attention and fan base developed over the decades?

Having a legitimate slopestyle World Tour is a dream come true for the sport. With live webcasts for each big event and so much media content tracking the tour, fans are able to closely follow every event throughout the season—pick their favorite riders to root for, weigh in with their opinions on judging, etc. It’s been so cool to see this little sport work its way through puberty.  It definitely has a few whiskers on the chin and a deeper voice now.

by Markus Greber
The jumps and crowds have certainly grown over the years. Louis Reboul fli-whipping into space in 2014. Image by Markus Greber.

How much are you looking forward to the event and what are you most looking forward to? 

I can’t wait to get to Nuremberg in September. I’m most looking forward to seeing what kind of course the designers have cooked up. The city provides the most unique backdrop for a slopestyle competition and it’s always interesting to see how the course designers and builders incorporate the history of the city into their masterpiece. There’s nothing like watching mountain bikes fly off of an ancient castle.

by Marc M ller
The crowds lining the streets at Red Bull District Ride 2014. Image by Marc Mueller.

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MENTIONS: @rasoulution


  • 16 0
 Hopefully we'll get to see Godziek's backflip superman one hand seat grab!
  • 2 0
 Second that!!!!!!!!!!
  • 4 1
 we did. theres just no coverage on here. Surprisingly. Roatkin landed a 1440!!
  • 1 0

Not following you... District hasn't happened yet.
  • 1 0
 @MasterSlater: But the best trick contest has. And there Rogatkin landed a beautiful 1440. He said he'll do it again tomorrow in his finals run.
  • 1 0
 @MasterSlater: Best trick just went down, replay is up on YouTube
  • 9 0
 Cams winning run might not turn heads nowadays, but the guys wouldn't be doing what they are doing now without his inspiration. Respect
  • 3 0
 Semenuk is to slopestyle what Jeff Beck is to guitar playing. Lives under a virtual rock while everyone else gets out and shreds. Then they both crawl out from wherever they've been hiding. Lay it down with a "this is how it's done son" kinda attitude. Then they crawl back under their respective rocks leavingveveryone's jaw hanging open at what they just witnessed or heard. Neither one ever shows much emotion either. The expression is all in their art.
  • 1 0
 You could turn heads showing up in those baggy jeans now days! Crazy how things change.
  • 1 0
 Things are getting serious.. When a DOUBLEFRONTFLIP did NOT WIN the best trick contest ;-) !!! DAMN
  • 1 0
 For sure!! & no one never felt asleep watching cam's riding!!!
  • 1 0
 Looks like the bad weather will ruine the event : (
  • 2 2
 What is Nuremberg??? Sorry, but is Nürnberg not Nuremberg Wink
  • 4 0
 English spelling as you well know Wink Not as bad as the Welsh changing our place names, Bath is Caerfaddon for example Smile
  • 1 1
 Where's Semenuk?
  • 1 0
 Semenuk said he won't compete in any Contest this year except Joyride
  • 3 0
 having fun out there driving cars on dirt roads

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