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Mastering Mountain Bike Skills is your guide for riding better, faster and more confidently on all terrain. World champion racer Brian Lopes and renowned coach Lee McCormack provide you with all of the key techniques and skills you’ll need to take your ride to the next level.
This new and improved edition of Mastering Mountain Bike Skills provides detailed, technical instruction for every mountain biking discipline:
The high-quality photo sequences and demonstrations combined with race stories from Brian Lopes will give you the tools you need, whether you’re a recreational rider looking to rock the trails with friends or a rider looking to beat the competition. Let Mastering Mountain Bike Skills help you ride with more confidence and have more fun.
Chapter 1: Choose Your Weapon
Chapter 2: Become One With Your Bike
Chapter 3: Make Great Power
Chapter 4: Brake Better to Go Faster
Chapter 5: Carve Any Corner
Chapter 6: Wheelie and Hop Over Anything
Chapter 7: Pump Terrain for Free Speed
Chapter 8: Drop Like a Feather
Chapter 9: Jump With the Greatest of Ease
Chapter 10: Flow on Any Trail
Chapter 11: Handle Crazy Conditions
Chapter 12: Avoid Injuries
Chapter 13: Race Like a Champ
With over 15 years as a professional mountain biker, the name Brian
Lopes is synonymous with American Mountain Bike racing. Since his
professional debut back in 1993, Brian has been a constant presence on
race podiums worldwide. With over 25 World Cup wins, four World
Championship titles, and nine National Champion titles in both DH and
Dual Slalom, Brian holds the most World Cup “wins” out of any male racer
to date, and is recognized as the winningest American pro mountain biker.
In 2008 his winning-ways were recognized, as Brian was inducted into
both the Mountain Bike and BMX Hall of Fame.
Having raced 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 to
mountain biking. He has appeared on EuroSport, Universal Sports, CBS
Sports, Outdoor Life Network and has graced the covers of every major
national and international mountain biking magazine, including Mountain
Bike Action, MBUK, Dirt, Bicycling, VeloNews,
and Mountain Biking, and has received coverage in such mainstream
media as Men’s Health, Rolling Stone, and USA
Brian currently has various signature mountain bike products: TLD knee
guards, Bell helmet, Kenda tires, WTB bike seat and a signature
Sportsmobile design. Other career highlights include being nominated as
ESPYs Extreme Athlete of the Year and starring as himself in
Playstation’s video game Downhill Domination.
Lopes resides in Laguna Beach, California, with his wife, Paula.
Lee McCormack is the world’s leading technique instructor and
uses his own sequential teaching curriculum to coach riders of all types
and levels—from homemakers to pro downhillers—to ride better, safer, and
faster. He is a journalist who has written for Bike, Mountain Bike
Action, Twentysix, Flow, and Mountain Biking. He also publishes
www.leelikesbikes.com, a mountain biking Web site visited by thousands
of readers worldwide.
McCormack has won numerous writing and informational graphics awards at
the state and regional levels and was part of the team that won the 1998
Pulitzer Prize for public service. Lee has been a bike nut for over 20
years and enjoys all riding disciplines from single-track to road to
dirt jumps and pump tracks. McCormack lives in Boulder, Colorado, with
his wife, Arlette, and four children: Kate, Ian, and twins Finley and
"Undisputedly the best all-around world class cycling athlete."
"I love to mountain bike after a long season of races like the Tour
de France and the Tour of California. Mastering Mountain Bike Skills
has helped me to ride more safely and have more fun on the dirt, which
improved my skills on and off road."
Levi Leipheimer -- 3x Tour of California Champion, Tour de France
"Brian has amazing fitness and superb skills. I always step it up a
notch when I ride with him, and I know that anyone who reads
Mastering Mountain Bike Skills will see improvement too!"
Willow Koerber -- Cross Country Bronze Medalist, UCI World
"Mastering Mountain Bike Skills by Brian Lopes is an
essential read for any mountain biker. The expertise, advice, and
insight he shares in this book are guaranteed to take your riding to the