Video: Brian Lopes sends the gap with SoCal grom squad

Fourty-year-old and young guns have big air in common


If you ever needed proof that riding mountain bikes keeps you young, look nor further than one Mr. Brain Lopes. The Intense Cycles-sponsored rider not only looks quite a bit younger than his 40 years, he rides that way too. To wit, the elder statesman shreds some SoCal trail with a bunch of groms half his age proving once again that it ain’t the miles on the odometer that matter, but what you got left in the tank.

After we originally posted this video, we found out the story of how it came to be from Intense Cycles CEO Andrew Herrick.

“When we shot the video of Brian doing the road gap but we didn’t know who built the jump originally,” said Herrick. “Then, we found out and invited the kids that built it back out for a jump session with Lopes.”

We think that’s pretty cool.

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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