Mountain biker Brian Lopes teams with WTB

California racer to ride Silverado SLT saddles

Multiple world and national mountain bike champion racer Brian Lopes has added WTB saddles to his list of new sponsors for 2009.

Each of Lopes’ team-issue Ibis race bikes will be outfitted with WTB’s Silverado SLT saddles.

“I'm stoked to ride WTB for a couple of reasons,” the 37-year-old Lopes said. “First, the Silverado is the most comfortable saddle I’ve ever used: it felt great straight away and I haven’t had a single issue. I’m also excited to work with such a great company. The folks at WTB are not only cool guys, they’re bad-ass cyclists.”

Lopes is among the most successful mountain bike racers in the world. The Californian has four world championship and nine national championship titles to his name and has won 25 World Cups in a range of disciplines including four-cross, dual slalom, downhill and BMX. Lopes has been inducted into both the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame as well as the BMX Hall of Fame.

And the fiercely competitive athlete still has something to prove. Lopes’ goals this upcoming season are to win more races in a wider range of disciplines.

“I want to show everyone how well-rounded I am,” he said. “I like to do it all.”

In just the past three weeks—the off-season for most pros—Lopes has raced elite-level BMX and cyclo-cross.

“We’re really excited to have him on board,” said Dain Zaffke, WTB’s marketing manager. “Lopes is a true professional on and off the bike. Plus he’s one of the biggest heroes in mountain biking.”

For more information, visit www.brianlopes.com.

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