Meet The Director
A resident of Santa Cruz, California, “Reach For The Sky” Director, Ryan Cleek, is a graduate of Butler University’s School of Journalism. Racing bicycles since he was only five years old, his enthusiasm for cycling carried over to his career, where for 10 years he was a staff writer and photographer (Editor) of the world’s largest mountain bike magazine. From 2011 to 2014 Cleek was the Creative Content Producer for Specialized Bicycles Global Marketing division, before leaving to focus on finishing “Reach For The Sky.”
In 2006, Ryan’s self-produced film, “Downhill Speed” was featured in the Lake Tahoe Film Festival and distributed worldwide via DVD. A few years since his last self-produced project, Cleek partnered with freeride mountain bike icon and longtime friend, Cameron Zink, for a behind-the-scenes look into the life of one of action sport’s most engaging athletes. Intent on making a unique project, Ryan draws from his experience as a writer, filmmaker, photographer, and bike racer to go behind the goggles and into the soul of mountain biking’s most passionate rider—Cam Zink—who has battled through injury and adversity to prove nothing will stand in his way to achieve his dreams.
Follow Ryan and Cameron on social media: @camzink and @cleekndestroy