Brian Lopes Wins the First 2012 World Cup XC Eliminator
Brian Lopes adds another official World Cup win to his long list of stats, this time with the first XC Eliminator event in Houffalize, Belgium. The format is like 4X race with a hill climb, with heats that are about 1 to 2 minutes long. Lopes felt victory hinged on the climb. On cyclingnews.com, he's quoted as saying passing on the downhill is almost "impossible."