Brian Lopes, one of the most recognisable figures in mountain biking, had had a glittering career spanning almost 25 years on bikes. He is best known for being four time Mountain Bike World Champion, especially his first 2001. The timing of his victory was just after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Lopes showed his support towards America by wearing the national red, white and blue. But his accolades to not end there. He is a nine-time NORBA National Champion and six time UCI Cup winner, making him one of the most decorated mountain bikers in the sport. He also holds the record for most UCI Cup career wins. Brian was born on Labor Day weekend on September 6th 1971 and grew up in Mission Viejo in Californa. He began riding at an early age, favouring his BMX. He took to the professional BMX circuit when he was 17 and competed for seven years, before choosing 1993 as his crossover to mountain biking. Lopes specialises in the relatively new style of four-cross discipline of mountain biking. He excels in the four way head to head racing element due to his early years as a BMX rider, as the four way race was originally a BMX style of racing. Whilst he is primarily a racer, he is also known for his jumps and tricks on the bike; the American has held world records in terms of height and distance for bunny hopping. He clearly didn’t get his teenage nickname, ‘Flyin’ Brian’, for no reason.
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