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North Vancouver, BC (November 1, 2010) - Brian Lopes has been declared the winner in the Pro Men’s Mega DH race at the Tara Llanes Classic.  The race was held on October 3rd at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort near Truckee, CA, and initially, Tim Krentz was determined to be the winner on the course with Lopes finishing 2nd.  But after a careful timing review by Northstar-at-Tahoe officials, Lopes was declared the winner with a blazing time and he was to be awarded the first place prize money. 

Northstar-at-Tahoe operations stated that, “due to an error made in loading the athlete’s plate number into the software at race finish the related time for this rider was misstated by 30 seconds”. It was a rainy and slightly muddy Sunday at Northstar-at-Tahoe, but after careful review Lopes’s time was indeed the only timing glitch during the entire weekend.

With only a few riders left -- and multi-time 4x World Champion Lopes looking like he had the win locked up -- local boy Tim Krentz flew across the line with a time of 9:42.27.  It appeared that he had bested Lopes’s 9:48.54; so Krentz stood atop the Pro Men’s podium with Lopes in second place and former U.S. DH Champion Duncan Riffle in third.

Lopes disputed his time due to the fact that he had caught Kirt Voreis who started one minute before him.  Sure enough, when Northstar-at-Tahoe officials carefully reviewed the course times, they determined that Lopes finished the race with an incredible time of 9:18.54!

Both Tim Krentz and Brian Lopes have been contacted and advised as to the new result.  Both Northstar-at-Tahoe and organizers of the Tara Llanes Classic have apologized to all the competitors for the mistake.  When told that he would receive the winning prize purse, Lopes stated, “It’s not about the money” and that he would rather not take it. So with that said, on behalf of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center and the Tara Llanes Road to Recovery Fund we would like to say, “Thank You Brian for your first place donation.”
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