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  Profile: BMX star Zach Shaw
Updated 25 March 2002, 19.47
Zach Shaw
Zach Shaw has been on his bike since he was five-years-old and has made a career out of BMX.

The UK star is a Vert rider, which means he rides the half pipe.

He's been doing BMX tricks for as long as he's been able to ride a bike: "I used to save my lunch money to go to Romford Skate Park in Hornchurch, Essex.

"That's where I learned to ride, on the streets of Harlow."

The Zakflip

Zach Shaw
Zach on his bike
Zach's trademark move is the Zakflip. He was the first person to do a backflip with a full 360 degree twist in a competition.

He also spends time encouraging up and coming young riders. He runs two teams - The Vans UK and Europe team and The Eastpack Backpack team.

As if that doesn't keep him busy enough, Zach also finds time to star in a computer game with the 10-time World Champion Dave Mirra.

"I'm a character in Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2. Physics makes it possible to do any move that's possible in real life."

He loves his job

The man who was master of the brick high jump ramp at eight-years-old loves his choice in career:

"I love the people and the travelling. I'm off to Australia in December. Last year I won a gold medal in the half pipe at the World Xtreme Games in Melbourne."

But it pays to be careful. Zach says BMX riders should take care and be safe: "Always wear a crash helmet when you're doing Street or Dirt, and always wear a full face crash helmet if you're riding the half pipe or Vert," said Zach.

If you fancy your chances at playing Zach Shaw in the Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 Xbox game, go to the link on the right-hand-side of this page.

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