Brian Lopes

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Brian Lopes
BrianLopes2007WorldChampionshipsFortWilliam.jpg
Lopes at the World Championships in Fort William
Personal information
Full name Brian Thomas Lopes
Nickname Flyin' Brian
Born (1971-09-06) September 6, 1971 (age 43)
Mission Viejo, California, United States of America
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Team information
Current team Oakley
Discipline MTB–Four-cross
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1989–2012
Major wins
United States Norba National Championship (9 Wins)
Arc en ciel.svg UCI World Cup (6 Wins)
Arc en ciel.svg UCI World Championship (4 wins)
Infobox last updated on
June 26, 2007

Brian Thomas Lopes (born September 6, 1971, in Mission Viejo, California) is a professional mountain bike racer who specializes in four-cross. Lopes started riding BMX in his childhood and turned professional at seventeen years old.[1]

He started mountain biking in 1993 and has since won a total of 18 titles – 9 NORBA National Championships, 6 UCI World Cup wins and 4 UCI World Championship titles.[2] Lopes has also held world records in bunny hopping, in terms of both distance and height.[1]

He was nominated in 2001 for an ESPY "Action sport Athlete of the Year"[3] and won two NEA (World Extreme Sports Award) for "Mountain Biker of the Year" in 2000 & 2001.[4] Lopes has also co-written a book, Mastering Mountain Bike Skills with Lee McCormack. Lopes has also been featured in a videogame; Downhill Domination on the Sony PlayStation 2.

Lopes is currently sponsored by Intense Cycles, Oakley, Lazer, X-Fusion, SRAM, Kenda, Novatec Wheels, WTB, ODI, Magura, Pearl Izumi, Go Pro, HT, KS, Troy Lee Designs, Kicker, Chris King & MRP.[4]

On April 13, 2012, Lopes won the first race of the new cross-country eliminator World Cup series in Houffalize, Belgium.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lopes/McCormack, "Mastering Mountain Bike Skills", page 195, ISBN 0-7360-5624-6
  2. ^ Brian Lopes
  3. ^ Lopes/McCormack, "Mastering Mountain Bike Skills", page 196, ISBN 0-7360-5624-6
  4. ^ a b Brian Lopes

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