You only have to look at Nico Vink – with his long hair, missing teeth and propensity for wearing motocross roost guards – to know he rides hard! The Belgian rider first appeared on our radar at the DH World Cups back in the early 2000s. Our earliest memory of him is seeing Nico ripping down the hill on a black and orange B1, alongside his teammate, the legendary Dutchman, Bas de Bever. Despite 15 years of top-level racing, it was always Nico’s all-round bike skills that made him stand out and, since retiring, his name’s become synonymous with building and hitting monster jumps. As well as being a Red Bull Rampage veteran, Nico’s a core member of the FEST Series tour and the crazy mind behind Loosefest XL in Belgium and its insane super-booters.
Who is Nico Vink?
A 36-year-old professional MTB rider from Belgium.
Where do you call home?
Belgium! But I’m only there for a maximum of one month a year. I live on the road a lot, going from project to project.
What’s your current go-to bike?
I just signed with Transition Bikes, so it’s the TR11.
That drop at Red Bull Rampage in 2015. I can’t really say I rode it – ‘blowing it up’ would be a better description! [Nico’s line included a steep cliff ride/drop and, while test-riding it, he overshot onto flat and went over the bars.]
Clips or flats?
650b or 29in?
It used to be 26in, but I’m running 650b now.
Bike park flow or natural gnar?
I like all kinds of stuff, from gnarly DH to bike parks.