Although he claimed early fame in the BMX world, Tinker’s biggest accomplishment was becoming one of the first two mountain bikers to represent the USA in the 1996 Olympics. In his BMX hey day, Tinker was part of the dominant Mongoose team, and was crowned the original title of "King of the Skateparks." His tough work ethics and amazing training schedule for BMX provided the perfect crossover to mountain bikes in the mid-80’s. As a long time member of the Siemens mobile/Cannondale team, Tinker won his seventh national championship in 2004. Tinker is still a top competitor in the 24-hour mountain bike events.