Tinker Juarez

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Tinker Juarez
Personal information
Full nameDavid Juarez
Nickname"Tinker", "Hollifield Flash"
Born (1961-03-04) March 4, 1961 (age 62)
Downey, California, United States
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight63.5 kg (140 lb; 10.00 st)
Team information
Current team-
DisciplineBicycle Motocross (BMX)
Mountain bike racing (MTB)
Rider typeBMX: Off Road
MTB: Cross-country
Amateur teams
1974Two Wheeler's
1974-1975Bicycle Motocros News
1975-1976Kawasaki Motors
1976National Bicycle Association
Professional teams
1982JMC Racing
1983-1985Bandito Racing
1989-1989General Bicycles
1990-1993Klein Bicycles
2004-2005Mona Vie
2006-2021Mona Vie/Cannondale
Major wins
1995 Pan Am Games Gold Medalist
2001,'02,'03,'04 24-hour endurance
category National Champion
Medal record
Representing Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Men's mountain bike racing
World Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1994 Vail Cross-country

David "Tinker" Juarez (born March 4, 1961) is an American former professional BMX and cross-country mountain bike racer. His prime competitive years in BMX were from 1978 to 1984 and in mountain bike racing 1986 to 2005. Since late 2005, he has competed as a Marathon mountain bike racer. In all three disciplines, he has won numerous national and international competitions. Most recently, Juarez finished third in the 2006 Race Across America Endurance bicycle race.


Born in Downey, California, Juarez is a highly talented cyclist who has made significant impacts in the cycling disciplines of BMX Racing, Freestyle BMX, Cross-country Mountain Bike racing, and now Marathon Mountain Bike racing for over thirty years. While he was also known as the "Hollified Flash" after one of his home BMX tracks he used to race at and dominate in the early-1970s, [1] the moniker "Tinker" is a nickname that was coined by his family. According to his Mother Rose: "We used to say 'Stinker' when he was a baby, everybody thought we were saying 'Tinker" [2] David Juarez is so well known by his nickname "Tinker" many people probably think that is his real first name.

BMX racing career milestones

Note: In the early days of professional racing, 1977 and prior, many tracks offered small purse prize money to the older racers of an event, even before the official sanctioning bodies offered prize money in formal divisions themselves. Hence some early "professionals" like Stu Thomsen turning "pro" in 1975 at 16 years old where racing for small amounts of money at track events [3] when offered even before the NBA, regarded as the first true national BMX sanctioning body, had a professional division. For the sake of consistency and standardization noted professional first are for the first pro races for prize money offered by official BMX sanctioning bodies and not independent track events. Professional first are also on the national level unless otherwise indicated.

MilestoneEvent Details
Started racing:1974 at 13 years of age.
Sanctioning body:Independent track.
Home sanctioning body district(s): National Bicycle Association (NBA) District "X" (Southern California/Los Angeles County) 1973-1981; American Bicycle Association (ABA) California District 22 (CA-22) (1982)
First race bike:
First race result:
First win (local):
First sponsor:
First national win:In 14 & Over Intermediate at the first annual National Bicycle Association (NBA) Grandnational Championship in Newhall, California on November 23, 1975. [4] ). This was the first ever BMX Grandnational Championship.
Turned Professional:1977 Age 16.
First Professional race result:
First Professional win:
Height and weight at height of his career:Ht:5'8" Wt:~140 lb.
Retired:1986 at age 25. His possible last race was the NBL War of the Stars IX National in Montclair, California on April 27, 1986. He came in third in Pro Cruiser. [5] His name apparently drops off the national results listing permanently after this race. He transitions to mountain biking during the summer of 1986. Unlike most BMXers who "retire", he never looked back and dedicated the rest of his cycling career to Mountain Biking and later endurance Road Racing.
*At the time there was no separate pro class for pros due to the relatively small number of pros. They raced with the 16 Experts, making it a Pro/Am class essentially. This is why during the early years of the pro division the national number one racer of a sanctioning body could be either an amateur or professional. This practice continued until the NBA's 1979 season in which the pros earned separate pro points and a separate pro plate from the amateurs.

Career factory and major bicycle shop sponsors

Note: This listing only denotes the racer's primary sponsors. At any given time a racer could have numerous ever-changing co-sponsors. Primary sponsorships can be verified by BMX and MTB press coverage and sponsor's advertisements at the time in question. When possible exact dates are used.


  • Two Wheeler's BMX: 1974
  • Bicycle Motocross News Team (Test Rider/Racer): Late 1974-November 1975
  • Kawasaki Motors: November 1975-Early 1976
  • National Bicycle Association: Early 1976-Mid 1976
  • Mongoose (BMX Products): Mid 1976-February 14, 1982. Tinker would turn professional with this sponsor.


  • Mongoose: 1976-February 14, 1982. He was sponsorless for approximately three months after his separation from Mongoose.
  • JMC (Jim Melton Cyclery) Racing Equipment: Mid May 1982-December 1982.
  • Bandito Racing: January 1983-Early February 1985
  • ODI (Ornate Design, Inc.): April 13, 1985 – April 14, 1985. [6] Seemed to have been a one weekend sponsorship since "ODI" does not appear next to Juarez's name in the BMX Plus! race results after this weekend. This company first started out making Christmas ornaments but switched to making bicycle grips and later grips for power tools as well as BMX and skateboarding accessories. [7]
  • Maximum: Early July 1985-

Career bicycle motocross titles

Note: Listed are District, State/Provincial/Department, Regional, National, and International titles in italics. "Defunct" refers to the fact of that sanctioning body in question no longer existing at the start of the racer's career or at that stage of his/her career. Depending on point totals of individual racers, winners of Grand Nationals do not necessarily win National titles. Series and one off Championships are also listed in block.


National Bicycle Association (NBA)

  • 1975 14 & Over Novice Western States Champion
  • 1975 14 & Over Intermediate Grandnational Champion #2 (Jeff Bottema was the winner of the first Main [8] ). This was the first ever BMX Grandnational Championship.
  • 1976 15 Expert Winternational Champion
  • 1976 14-15 Expert Western States Champion
  • 1976 15 Expert California State Champion

National Bicycle League (NBL)

  • None

American Bicycle Association (ABA)

  • None

United States Bicycle Motocross Association (USBA)

  • None

International Bicycle Motocross Federation (IBMXF)


National Bicycle Association (NBA)

  • None

National Bicycle League (NBL)

  • None

American Bicycle Association (ABA)

  • 1982 Pro Cruiser 2nd Place Jag World Champion (ABA sanctioned)

United States Bicycle Motocross Association (USBA)

  • None

International Bicycle Motocross Federation (IBMXF)

  • None

Independent Events and Series

  • 1983 "A" Pro Second Place and Pro Cruiser Third Place Jag BMX World Super Bowl Championship Champion

Freestyle BMX

In April 1980, Tinker was named the first King of the Skateparks by Bicycle Motocross Action magazine. [9] He even graced the April 1980 cover of the magazine, making it one of the first pure freestyle magazine covers by a BMX magazine. Although no contest was ever held, it was a general declaration for his highly advanced maneuvers that no one were matching at the time.

Career BMX accolades

Tinker, despite eventually becoming a top pro BMXer in racing and gaining "high airs" in both dirt jumping and vertical freestyle, went ten years without breaking a bone. It is very common for BMXers, especially in the pro ranks to become occasionally seriously injured because they are pushing themselves to as far as their talents can take them and beyond at high speeds, or in the case of vertical freestyle and dirt jumping to high altitudes and distances.

Miscellaneous and trivia

Tinker also participated in what was call Formula One (F-1) bicycle racing. F-1 racing was a short lived fad from 1987–1989 that involved bicycles with 20" wheels that looked like a cross between BMX, Road Race Touring and Mountain bicycles. Other famous BMX stars both retired and active at the time participated, including Harry Leary, Pete Loncarevich, David Clinton, Stu Thomsen, Eddy and Mike King. The two major BMX sanctioning bodies ABA and NBL, sanctioned the events. Tinker won the first ABA sponsored F-1 series race in Phoenix, Arizona in early 1988. In the following NBL sanctioned Grand Prix series he got a sixth in Memphis, Tennessee (the very first NBL F-1 race) and a second in Orlando, Florida.

BMX and general press magazine interviews and articles

BMX magazine covers

Bicycle Motocross News:

Minicycle/BMX Action & Super BMX:

Bicycle Motocross Action & Go:

BMX Plus!:

BMX Weekly & BMX B-Weekly: (British publication)

Total BMX:

Bicycles and Dirt (ABA Publication):

NBA World & NBmxA World (The official NBA/NBmxA membership publication under two names):

Bicycles Today & BMX Today (The official NBL membership publication under two names):

ABA Action, American BMXer, BMXer (The official ABA membership publication under three names):

USBA Racer (The official USBA membership publication):

Mountain Bike (MTB) racing career

Tinker Juarez @ SSMM 24 hour race 05 (62520175).jpg

In 1986, Tinker made the switch from BMX to mountain biking. Since that time, Tinker has become a 3-time National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA) cross-country (XC) champion and 4-time national champion in the 24-hour solo category. In 1996, he became one of the first to see the introduction of mountain biking as an Olympic sport and represent the United States. Tinker again represented the United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Started Racing: 1986 at 25 years of age.

Sub discipline: Cross Country (XC), Endurance

First race result:

Sanctioning Body:

Turned Professional: 1989

Ned Overend, John Tomac and Tinker Juarez Compete in the Cindy Whitehead Desert Classic, Palm Springs, California, 1989 - Photo by Patty Mooney 1989 ned overend tinker juarez palm springs Photo by Patty Mooney.jpg
Ned Overend, John Tomac and Tinker Juarez Compete in the Cindy Whitehead Desert Classic, Palm Springs, California, 1989 - Photo by Patty Mooney


Factory and corporate sponsors


  • General Bicycles (General Bicycle & Moped Company): March 1988 – 1989 Juarez would turn pro with this sponsor.


  • General Bicycles: March 1988 – 1989
  • Klein Bicycles: 1990-1993
  • Volvo/Cannondale Bicycle Corporation: 1994-December 2002
  • Siemens Mobile/Cannondale: January 28, 2003 [11] -December 2003
  • Mona Vie: January 2004-December 2005
  • Mona Vie/Cannondale: January 2006–October 2021
  • Floyd's of Leadville: December 2021 - Present

MTB major career achievements



National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA)

  • 1994, 1995, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg  United States NORBA Cross-Country Champion
  • 2001 National Champion
  • 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg  United States National Champion, 24-Hour Solo Category
  • 1995 1st (Gold Medal) Pan American Games
  • 1998 1st National Cycling Association Cross-Country Finals

Career MTB accolades

MTB magazine covers

Mountain Bike Action:

Ultra-Endurance racing career

In 2005, Tinker began training for long-distance road racing events. He won the Heart of the South, which is a 500-mile (800 km) race, and finished second place at the 2005 edition of the Furnace Creek 508, a grueling 508-mile (818 km) course that covers 35,000 feet (11,000 m) of cumulative elevation gain and passes through Death Valley. His podium finishes qualified Tinker for the 2006 Race Across America (RAAM), the annual transcontinental bicycle race from the west coast to the east coast of the United States. He came in third in the Men's Solo Enduro division of the RAAM endurance road race on June 22, 2006, completing the three thousand mile race which started in 2006 from Oceanside, California and finishing in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His finishing time was 10 days, 22 hours and 21 minutes. [12] Started Racing: 2005 at 44 years of age.

First race result:

Sanctioning Body:

Retired: Still Active.

Factory and corporate sponsors

Professional teams

Ultra-Endurance road biking career achievements

Career MTB and Ultra-Endurance cycling achievements by year



  1. 1 2 Bicycle Motocross Action December 1976/January 1977 Vol.1 No.1 pg.26
  2. Team Zeal website.
  3. Bicycle Motocross News January/February 1978 Vol.4 No.1 pg.22
  4. Bicycle Motocross News January 1976 Vol.3 No.1 pg.16 (results)
  5. Super BMX & Freestyle August 1986 Vol.13 No.8 pg.49 (results)
  6. BMX Plus! August 1985 Vol.8 No.8 pg.69
  7. BMX Plus! November 1986 Vol.9 No.11 pg.15
  8. Bicycle Motocross News January 1976 Vol.3 No.1 pg.16
  9. Fat BMX Magazine: Profiler : July 2005: Tinker Juarez Interview by Matt Skinner
  10. BMX Action December 1986 Vol.11 No.12 pg.30
  11. 1 2 Toospeed site.
  12. "Juarez Completes Toughest Race" Tinker gives his account of the 2006 Race Across America.

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