About Brian Lopes
Brian has had an unprecedented 20 year career as a professional cyclist, labeled by USA Today as "Undisputedly the best all around world class cycling athlete". He has earned the prestigious title of Mountain Bike World Champion four times, first in 2001 soon after 9/11. Brian proudly wore the red, white and blue on the podium. Then again in 2002, 2005 and most currently in 2007.
Racing BMX for most of his childhood, Brian learned how to ride a bike at the tender age of 4, turning Pro at the age of 17 and competing in the BMX circuit for 7 years before channeling all his efforts in 1993 to mountain biking.
On the Bike
Brian has won over 19 titles in his mountain biking career: 9 National Championship titles, 6 UCI World Cup Championship and 4 World Championships. He has more UCI World Cup career wins than any other male mountain biker in the history of the sport.
Lopes is one of the most recognizable names in the sport; known for his flawless style and winning results, he is an inspiration to bikers and action sport enthusiasts around the world. He was 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 he was inducted into the Mountain Bike and BMX Hall of Fame.
Off the Bike
In 2005 Brian became a published author when he co-wrote a book with long time friend Lee McCormack titled "Mastering Mountain Biking Skills". It became the all-time best selling how-to mountain bike book, selling over 60,000 copies in 7 different languages, now in its 2nd edition, it's still a favorite. He has several "signature" products out on the market: TLD signature knee guards, Kenda signature tires "El Moco", Sportsmobile Lopes55, and a signature Bell Brian Lopes Drop Helment.
- In the off-season he enjoys riding his dirt bike. He also trains on his road bike,constantly finding ways to expand his cycling. He frequents the gym and hits the local waves every so often, anything that poses a challenge he is willing to try.
- Brian is the son of Tom Lopes, an electrician by trade, and Linda.
- Born Labor Day weekend on September, 6, 1971
- Brian grew up in Mission Viejo, California. He currently resides in Laguna Beach, California with wife Paula.
- 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.
- His first bike was a Schiwnn Pixie, with a Rams football helmet on Brian hit the local BMX track in Orange and the rest is history.