Californian Brian Lopes is undoubtedly one of the finest off-road bike riders of all time. He began his cycling life on a BMX at the age of four, and was soon taking part in, and winning, BMX races. He turned pro as a BMX rider at 17 and experienced great success on the circuit for seven years.
However, it is as a mountain biker that he has become most well-known, famous for his speed, flawless style and astonishing competition record. His titles include six World Cup overall wins (three in dual slalom and three in 4X) and four World Championships (in 2001 in dual slalom, and in 2002, 2005 and 2007 in 4X). He also has 26 World Cup race victories, an all-time record for a male rider. In August 2010, he won his fifth consecutive AirDH downhill at Crankworx on the famous A-Line downhill in Whistler.
After over 20 years as a pro racer, Brian is still competing all over the world, and remains an inspiration to bikers and action sport enthusiasts everywhere. In 2012, he rolled back the years with a victory at the first-ever World Cup Cross-Country Eliminator event in Houffalize, Belgium.
In 2013, he finished in the top ten at Sea Otter, only 1.9 seconds off the best downhill racers in the world. He also finished 15th in the first round of the inaugural Enduro World Series in Punta Ala, and was spotted at Crankworx, a number of US enduro races, and at the Kamikazi Bike Games in Mammoth, California.