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    MRP Riders take Gold and Silver in 4X World Champs


    Grand Junction, September 13 Ė There was a familiar face on the podium for Menís 4X in Fort William. Capturing his 4th World Championship title and adding to the long list of championships won with MRP chainguides, there is little doubt that Brian Lopes is the greatest gated racing competitor the mountain bike world has ever seen. He showed veteran composure in a time of near catastrophe when he blew out of a pedal in one of the early rounds. Clipping back in and laying down the power, Lopes was able to hang on to a 2nd place position and advance. In the final, he would face the number 1 qualifier, and fellow MRP rider Romain Saladini. Lopes would ride away for the Gold, and Saladini took the Silver.

    In the womenís 4X, MRPís Anneke Beerten took home Silver, right behind defending champion Jill Kintner. These two have been battling all season, and the tight World Cup Series wraps up this weekend in Maribor.

    The whole world wanted him to win. Even though things didnít work out that way, Steve Peat is still the peoples champion. After sustaining a horrible foot dislocation while training in the weeks prior, he was cleared to ride the bike only 1 week before the World Championships. Though the pain must have been bad, Steve pushed through it and bravely gave it a go. After qualifying in 13th position, things looked good for him. However, one slip in the muddy finals resulted in a broken seat and would prevent him from performing to his maximum.

    MRP is a small company based in Grand Junction, Colorado. With countless World Cup and World Championship victories, MRP has been choice of champions since 1996. Their patented dual roller chain guide system is the leader in smooth, silent, reliable chain retention.

    For more information about MRP, please visit their website at

    source: Ryan Cranston
    MRP Product Manager
    Mountain Racing Products
    580 N. Westgate Drive
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
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