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7 Dogs from the Cam Zink Invitational Including Crusty the Freeride Super Dog

May 8, 2024 at 15:32
by Izzy Lidsky  

We heard you loud and clear after Sea Otter, you guys like your dog features. I get it, people love dogs, people love biking with their dogs, there were tons of dogs at Sea Otter, you wanted to see all of them, and we didn't deliver because we were busy doing other things like figuring out the rules of dual slalom instead. Lo and behold, we had a lot of downtime at Zink's place and so I decided to do a Dogs of the Cam Zink Invitational piece. But then I met Crusty, a dog so special she deserves more than just one photo.

Crusty is not your average dog. She was found in the desert by her dad all covered in fleas and not doing super well. But once she was taken home and adopted into In the Hills Gang, Crusty began to thrive. Anyone whose ridden bikes with a dog knows that there's some training that goes into it to keep you and your pup safe on the trail. A freeride dog like Crusty has to have an even more advanced set of skills to be around jumps and other big terrain safely and Crusty has mastered all of them. So here's a photo ode to Crusty, one of the most awesome bike dogs I've ever met and a true sweetheart.

Crusty herself.

Crusty at the bottom of the free ride zone, sharing the stoke.



Crusty making sure dad is okay after a little spill.

Crusty keeping an eye on Talus.

Crusty leading Malachi back to the crew after a sweet line.

Because I know everyone would be mad if I didn't put other dogs in here too -- for your enjoyment, the rest of the dogs of the Cam Zink Invitational (at least that I took photos of):

I think this dog's name is Harrison.



Calypso, also an excellent free ride dog, homies with Crusty.

Bentley Storch, icon of the sport.

Barb went on all kinds of adventures in DJ's jacket.

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  • 218 7
 This is the right kind of content.
  • 75 4
 Trail dog of the week would be good
  • 43 1
 @trifecta: belly scrub of the week would be better
  • 14 1
 @trifecta: 100% agree , any event pinkbike covers , include an animal , dog , cat, goat , monkey , mechanic
  • 10 1
 No Kashima suspension, no continental kryptotal, no carbon, no electronics.... Just a dog enjoying life... Love it
  • 1 0
 Bark Week make it happen, PB
  • 46 1
 one might say Crusty is a Demon of Dirt
  • 5 2
 your going to bark your going to rag dog, rag dog, rag doggggg
  • 47 8
 More dogs, please!
  • 32 11
 there's a special place in hell for peeps that would downvote that
  • 15 6
 @artistformlyknowasdan: To go to the effort of opening the article that is just about Dogs going via the name and then read the comments to dislike positive comments about it is pathetic.
  • 29 3
 Best article of the year to date
  • 17 1
 Can this edit be done at every event? pls.
  • 17 0
 We want Brendog
  • 1 0
 or R-dog
  • 12 1
 I swear boxers called Bentley are like gsd called zeus or huskies called nala
  • 7 0
 I'm gonna need more Ned pics. He doesn't make sense to me in the best way possible.
  • 7 0
 Gus is a fine looking dog and also derp.
  • 5 0
 That's not a derp; it's a blep.

I deffo agree on the fine looking part though.
  • 7 0
 I❤️ doggy
  • 7 1
 More dogs please!
  • 5 0
 The only correct answer is Gus.
  • 4 0
 Yes, Heeler Gus
  • 1 0
 That statement about training being necessary i’m unsure about.. my old dog, a kind of collie whom mant australians said was an australian collie had an almost psychic ability to not go in the wrong place and be where she ought to be had zero training and had previously spent her formative years on the east london squat party scene

My recently acquired 11 month old kelpie on the other hand has an annoying habit of taking short cuts and waiting in the way or worse still loitering in landing spots. Still very much a pup as opposed to the previous mutt who was about 4 when we started hanging out & riding together.
  • 4 0
 Bentley Storch, such a gentleman
  • 3 0
 I love Ned as a dog's name.
  • 4 1
 The kind of content I want to see!
  • 6 2
 So more of this
  • 2 0
 Thanks for a bright spot on a gloomy tuesday afternoon More pups living their best lives please!
  • 2 1
 Bentley Storch is the best. But I'm biased because I also have a boxer. But not a Boxxer.
  • 3 0
 More of this please!!
  • 2 0
 Please keep this stuff comin'! Barb in DJs pocket is hillarious!
  • 1 0
 Crusty danced with death and lives on, thriving it seems. Im pumped for her.
  • 1 0
 Wanna know a dog secret? When dogs bark, I know what they're actually saying, for REAL....

  • 2 0
 DH World Cup in Poland was no dogs allowed :/
  • 1 0
 Dominic Megalli and his dog Zumi Lumi should have been there, absolute shame that invite from Zink was taken back.
  • 1 0
 Crusty is a top tier homie
  • 1 0
 I would doggedly support more snooted friend content.
  • 1 1
 As long as Crusty and his mate stay away from my drivetrain while I'm on the trails, I don't mind.
  • 1 0
 Boxxers are best dog, where's Cam's?
  • 2 0
 The BEST!
  • 1 0
 More trail dogs!!
  • 1 0
 Flea BomberWink ))
  • 1 0
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 Can I pet dat dog!
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