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Brian Lopes  4x MTB World Champ / 6x MTB World Cup Champ / 9x MTB Ntl Champ / MTB & BMX hall of Famer / Author Mastering MTB Skills / Coach /

Here’s a double whammy... A #bltechniquetuesday & the 2nd give away which is a set of 275”x2.4 Riddler @wildernesstrailbikes tires. Figured these tires go perfect w/ this picture, since they are a great rolling tire & corner well on hard pack & berms. Tag 2 friends, follow WTB & if you have a photo or story telling me why you could use these tires that will improve your chances.
Eyes looking towards the exit of the turn, weight slightly back but body position is centered through this turn to drive force through the center part of the tires. We have a good berm to lean into which will give us grip and the center part of the tire has the largest contact patch. You will notice I’m lower than the rider behind me as I’m in the pocket of the turn where the forces are great and commitment to lean into the berm is greater, so having that low CG helps. L & R Elbows bent almost perfectly the same, pedals nearly even, locked and loaded, resisting the G-forces.
📷 cred. @shreddyshots
#panshot #railingberms #mtbgiveaway #giveaways #freestuff

Figured #fridaythe13th would be a good day to start this give away & since it’s supposedly bad luck day, maybe these @gformprotects knee pads will save you. Here’s how I’ll pick a winner. Tag 2 friends below, follow @gformprotects & myself & you’re in the running. If you want a better chance, tell me why or tag me in your post showing/telling me why you need these pads. Good luck!

I’ll be giving away all the product you see in picture two, so keep tuning in for the next one.
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📷 @shreddyshots #gformprotects #giveaways #mtbgiveaway

#tbt to the good old Jeep KOM days when tv coverage was prime time, payouts were good, and Jeeps were being given away. The golden years... #makeracinggreatagain 😂

Tuesday means another #bltechniquetuesday I’ve posted 3 shots so you can get 3 different views of this same corner & see where my hips, chin, arms, & feet are positioned when going through this turn. Right elbow bent, pushing bike down with left arm while keeping weight distributed over the center of my bike. You’ll notice my hips facing in the direction that I want to go, while looking ahead in that same direction. Right pedal down weighting that outside foot while shifting my weight towards that foot to keep that force driven as evenly as possible between the two wheels. This turn has a slight berm on a mellow down slope, so my weight is shifted back just slightly while driving force into that berm for traction. All turns are different and require us to find as much traction as possible to make the turn at the speed we are looking to carry through it.
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#turntuesday #mtblessons #mtbclinic #howtoturn @shreddyshots 📷 @xfusionshox @pearlizumimtb @gformprotects @oakleybike @lazersport @renthal_cycling @odigrips

#fbf to the days when I raced World Cups with 2 of my great friends who just happen to be legends & former WC Overall & World Champions. I’ve been friends w/ @ichoosebikes for 35+ years & @stevepeat for nearly 25 years & although I don’t see them nearly enough it’s always fun & full of laughs when we get together. Miss u both 😘#friends #worldcupfamily

Banging out some laps up here in #chinapeak testing with Motion Instruments data acquisition. Where were u in my life 20years ago 😂 Maybe I can restart my racing career 🤔 Good to see the facts on what adjustments I need to make to my suspension to smooth out the ride and go faster. Thanks @kookirob for taking the time to help out.
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#datadoesntlie #suspensiontesting #alwayslearning @xfusionshox @gopro @pearlizumiofficial @gformprotects @renthal_cycling @odigrips #gopro #hero5session

Was looking through some cool photos @robtrnka took of me up in Santa Cruz earlier this year & thought this was a cool one for #bltechniquetuesday You always hear “look ahead” when riding. This is partially true but you can’t ONLY look ahead. You constantly have to scan ahead & back on the trail, taking mental snapshots of everything on the trail. In this shot I’ve set up a bit off the main line of the trail which is heading left. I’m looking left, swinging the hips out to the right, following with the torso, and getting ready to lean the bike into this left hand bend. Chin just behind the bars, elbows out and in the attack position.
Corners are never the same and probably the area most people need to work on to ride faster. Technique, weight distribution, lean angle, steering, etc. will always be changing as our goal is to get traction while carrying the most speed through the turns. It always kills me when I see straight lines on trails that originally had turns. Usually the people that can’t get around them well end up making these new lazy lines instead of learning the skill.
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@pearlizumiofficial @xfusionshox @gformprotects @lazersport @bldgactive @oakleybike @renthal_cycling

Racers can hit drops also. I’ve always loved jumping big stuff but really never spent much time doing big drops. #tbt to well over 10 years ago to this cool drop I found and built with some buddies. #freerider #mtbdrops

Bike or van, which would you rather have? Good thing I don’t have to make that choice 😜
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#RipMo #ibisripmo #gmc4x4van #4x4van #quigley4x4van @americanvanworks @sportsmobilewest #custom4x4van

Cities are cool when they’re in the distance... -
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📷cred @shreddyshots

Love riding new trails that I never knew about close to home. Especially when they’re good fun & way longer than will fit on IG. Here’s some @gopro footage from my view following @iravick04 yesterday on the beginning part of the trail. Don’t ask me where this trail is, because I don’t remember 😂 #dontaskdonttell #uwishuknew #gopro -
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#oneobsession #mtbsingletrack @lazersport @oakleybike

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