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Mountain Bike legend, Multiple World Champion, Hall of Fame Inductee & all around Bike Enthusiast.

bio-pictFrom the first time his father took him to a BMX track in 1975 he was addicted. Brian Lopes has had an unprecedented 20 year career as a professional cyclist, he has been labeled “Undisputedly the best all around world class cycling athlete”by USA Today.    Having raced BMX for most of his childhood, Brian started his bike racing at the tender age of 4, turning Pro at the age of 17 and competing in the BMX circuit for seven years before channeling his efforts in 1993 to mountain biking. Lope’s first MTB race earned him a name and fifth place. He then went straight on to win a Norba National, and never looked back. He has won over 19 titles in his mountain biking career; Nine National Championship titles, six UCI World Cup wins and four UCI Mountain Bike World Champion titles, first in 2001, then again in 2002, 2005 and most currently in 2007. UCI-camp His winning race resume made the Lopes name one of the most recognizable names in the sport of cycling; known for his flawless style and winning results, he is an inspiration to bikers and action sport enthusiasts around the world. Nominated in 2001 for an ESPY “Action sport Athlete of the Year”, won two NEA (World Extreme Sports Award) for “Mountain Biker of the Year” in 2000 & 2001 and is featured in SONY PlayStation “Downhill Domination” as himself. In 2008 was been inducted into the Mountain Bike and BMX Hall of Fame. bike-river Beyond the bicycle, in 2005 Brian became a published author when he co-wrote a book with long time friend Lee McCormack titled “Mastering Mountain Biking Skills” which has been printed in 6 different languages and is in its 2nd edition.  And in 2013 Brian took on the title of “fitness trainer”, working with Honda/RedBull/Troy Lee’s motocross team athletes: Jessy Nelson, Cole Seely and Shane McElrath. In the off-season Brian enjoys riding his dirt bike. He also trains on his road bike, frequents the gym and gets some water time on his surf board, anything that poses a challenge he is willing to try. lopes-3gen He is the son of Thomas Lopes and his wife, Linda. He was nicknamed “Flyin’ Brian” during his BMX years, describing his style-of jumping over jumps, that sometimes were only attempted by guys twice his age. Born Labor Day weekend on September, 6, 1971, Brian grew up in Mission Viejo, California. He currently resides in Laguna Beach, CA with wife Paula and son Maverick. You can follow him on his official Twitter handle @brianlopes.

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Career Highlights

1989 Won both the BMX ABA and NBL Grands
1992 First MTB race
1993 First PRO MTB race
1995 NORBA National Series Champion in both DH and Slalom.
1996 NORBA National Series Champion in DH
1997 NORBA National Series Champion in DS
1998 NORBA National Series Champion in DH
1998 UCI World Cup Champion in Dual
1999 NORBA National Series Champion in DS
2000 Norba National Series Champion in DS
2000 UCI World Cup Champion in Dual
2001 UCI World Cup Champion and World Champion in Dual
2002 UCI World Champion 4X
2004 US National Champion in 4X
2005 UCI World Cup Champion & World Champion in 4X
2005 Published Co-Author of "Mastering Mountain Bike Skills"
2007 UCI World Cup Champion & World Champion in 4X
2008 Inducted in to the BMX & Mountain Bike Hall of Fame
2012 26th UCI World Cup Win: Sprint Eliminator

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Calendar (tentative)

Date Event Location Notes
Feb 16-18 Filming for X-Fusion Santa Cruz, CA Industry Video
Mar 6-11 Pinkbike Builder's Movie Filming CA Industry Movie
Mar 14-15 Tour of Murrieta Murrieta, CA Road Race
Mar 27-29 San Dimas Stage Race San Dimas, CA Road Race
April 16-19 Sea Otter Classic Monterey, CA
May 15-17 Dirt Rag Dirt Fest Raystown, Pennsylvania
May 25-28 Magura Press Camp Sedona, AZ Media
June 6-7 Oregon Enduro #1 Bend OR
June 20-21 Oregon Enduro #2 Hood River, OR
June 27-28 CA Enduro #3 China Peak, CA
July 16-19 USA Cycling MTB National Championships Mammoth Mountain, CA
Aug 7-16 Whistler Crankworxs Whistler, BC Festival & Racing
Aug 8 EWS Enduro Whistler, BC
Sept 4-7 Woodward Allstar Bday Weekend Woodward, CA
Sept 16-18 Interbike Las Vegas, NV Industry Convention
Sept 25-27 EWS Enduro Spain
Oct 2-4 EWS Enduro Final Finale Ligure Ligura, Italy

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