Video: Brian Lopes gives us a ‘Cribs’-style tour of his Sprinter van

Star rider stops at Western Bikeworks on way to Oregon Enduro Series race, shows off custom rig


Multi-time world and national gravity mountain bike champion Brian Lopes is known for being a fierce competitor, and has a reputation for being serious both on and off the bike. And while at age 43 Lopes is as intense as ever while racing, he’s actually quite affable otherwise. Case-in-point—this MTV Cribs-style video he shot with Portland’s Western Bikeworks on the way to the Hood River stop of the Oregon Enduro Series last week.

Lopes Sprinter

Lopes dials up his best faux baller persona as he points out the finer points of his rolling palace—the “garage” that holds his Intense Tracer 275 and Carbine 29, the Sprinter van’s 650b wheels, and its rooftop patio. He also takes viewers inside to see his well-stocked refrigerator, sleeping quarters and entertainment center.

Lopes Sprinter

The van seems to be working out for Lopes—he finished third overall at Hood River, and took the win on stage six.

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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  • Bern says:

    I know this is meant to be funny, but holy crap, if I had to hang out with a 43 year old who acts like that, I would want to punch him in the face. Probably a chill guy though, just, ugg, stupid video…

  • Tom says:

    I’d rather hangout with Lopes than a judgmental person who wants to punch people, get a life.

  • Sean says:

    Who knew I would kinda want a van one day?

  • Frank says:

    Wow, Mr. Bern, you must be a blast to hang out with***

    ***(In case you are confused –this statement, like the video is called sarcasm. Not to be taken literally)

  • Benja says:

    I covet another man’s Sprinter. Though I’m waiting for the new factory 4×4 versions to come to the States this year…

  • Kurtis says:

    I notice they didn’t talk or show the parking his crib. (For those that don’t know it’s been rumored that he has a tendency to take up multiple spots.) I have to say even though I am definitely not a fan and maybe lean towards disliking him I liked him in this video.

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