Zapata Espinoza (better known as "Zap") has spent his entire life aboard two-wheels. While Zap is globally-recognized as a leading expert in the world of cycling, his love affair with outdoor recreation began as a child enamored with the sport of motorcycling.
From the first Schwinn Stingray he received at 7 years-old, to entering is his first motorcycle race as a long-haired 12-year-old, the thrill and freedom felt with handlebars in hand as been his guiding light in life.
Fast-forward 50+ years, and Zap has built and maintained lasting relationships and industry-know-how across both fields. His insightful commentary has been lauded as both unique and vital to industry insiders and newcomers alike.
Following short stints as a pro class BMX and motocross racer, in 1986 his dedication to all things bike related became a professional endeavor when he was hired as an editor at Mountain Bike Action and Motocross Action Magazines.
In addition to the years spent twisting throttles himself, as a Feature Editor for Motocross Action Magazine, Zap has reported on moto events as diverse as the Paris Supercross to the World Mini-Grand Prix and TrailBlazers MC banquet.
After overseeing Mountain Bike Action's rise to number 1 status, in 1993 he was hired by Rodale Press where he eventually repeated his previous success with a second title. Along the way he became the first journalist inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.
From those early day attending races and touring factories, nearly four decade career he would stand among the most respected two-wheeled journalists.