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Brian Lopes The best Downhill Dual Slalom Racer Ever Downhill dual slalom mountain biking is a combination of BMX racing Downhill Mountain biking and freestyle dirt jumping The course is like that of a slalom course for skiing but instead of one racer racing against the best time there are two racers who race head to head on the same course Dual slalom is one of the fastest growing and most watched mountain bike events today Brain Lopes has been dominating this event for the past three years by winning the world championships three years in a row Brain Lopes is the best dual slalom in the short history of the sport because of his extensive BMX and dirt jumping background Before racing Downhill Mountain biking Brain Lopes was a celebrated BMX bike Motocross racer He got bored with racing BMX bikes and decided to try something new in the early 90s he exploded onto the Mountain bike scene He soon picked up sponsorship with bike giants Mongoose and Intense Frame Works His skills in BMX racing soon became apparent with his beautiful cornering techniques and car like acceleration An important part of Dual Slalom racing is jumping Through out a course there can be up to 5 jumps These jumps can make or break your run Knowing how to jump is a very important a skill Brian Lopes has mastered He has a five-foot vertical bunny hop which means he can get his tires 5 feet off the ground from standing still Jumping is also a big part of BMX racing where you can get an edge over an opponent by being able to jump faster longer and higher Another edge Brian Lopes has over any competition is his bike He now rides for Cannondale a leader in bike technology and a giant in the industry Cannondale pours millions into researching and testing new ideas for bikes Brian
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