Hopkins at Home

Nov 4, 2012 at 21:32
by Scott Secco  
An average human male athlete has a blood volume of approximately 5.29 litres (or 11.9 pints). Mike Hopkins consumes, on average, three to four double-shot espressos each day - that's the equivalent of eight cups of coffee. That's about 77 milligrams of caffeine per 1.5-ounce shot, which puts Hopkins’ caffeine consumption somewhere between 150 and 856mg of caffeine per day.* According to Health Canada, the maximum recommended daily intake of caffeine is 400mg/day. After factoring in the density of blood (about 1060kg/m3, or 1,060,000mg/L x 5.29L or 5,607,400mg of blood in his body) and assuming he drinks a not-unrealistic 462mg of caffeine in a day, Hopkins’ blood/caffeine percentage is somewhere in the neighborhood of 0.008239%. Regardless of my mathematical accuracy, the fact remains - a statistically relevant percentage of Hopkins blood volume is coffee-based, and this knowledge goes a long way in explaining the very essence of Mike Hopkins. The man is literally fueled by caffeine.

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‘’It’s Frankowski’s fault!’’ he tells me, ‘’he got me on the coffee-drinking program when we first started shooting together.’’ Derek Frankowski has been instrumental in Hopkins’ career since the beginning; from bagging Mike’s his first published ad photo (for Titec Components) to filming Hopkins in 2010’s seminal Life Cycles. And introducing him to his primary vice – coffee. Over the course of the summer I’ll spend one week living at Hopkins’ place in Rossland and another three days with him at Retallack Lodge. Wherever he roams java is a daily necessity. During my time spent with Hopkins he’ll attempt to convert me into a coffee drinker. For the good of humanity I rebuke these attempts - I’m fairly high strung already.

Hopkins lives in Rossland, British Columbia, a town famous for the LeiRoi gold mine, Olympic gold medalist Nancy Greene, and the IMBA-certified ‘epic’ Seven Summits Trail. Rossland is a small town by any standard. Home to approximately 3,500 people (depending on whether or not it’s ski season), Hopkins is on a first name basis with seemingly everyone in town. This is nice, but not unexpected considering a.) It’s a small town, b.) He was raised there, and c.) He’s just a genuinely friendly and outgoing individual.

Hopkins has been a professional action sport athlete since age 20 when he signed his first deal with Rossignol Skis. Skis you ask? Yep, he was a sponsored skier before he was signed to ride mountain bikes. This may be old news for many of you but it's prescient in any discussion about the man and his riding. His ski background is crucial to his outlook on bikes. Big, aggressive, fast, frenetic, and stylish, all adjectives used to describe his unique style.

Mike Hopkins crushing it during the filming of Loam Factory.
  Hopkins airing over the loam


Hopkins is a singular talent when it comes to mountain biking but it’s not the only thing that sets him apart from his peers. With daily updates from his Twitter account and Instagrammed behind the scenes photos, a Facebook page, AND the most entertaining rider blog around - mike-hopkins.com** - he may be the most active pro in the social media sphere. He’s well connected to his fans and keeps his laundry list of sponsors updated. Maybe it's the ski background but there aren't many riders who are better at branding. Take note kids.

He’s seen the industry change over the past five years as web edits replaced DVD’s as the primary means to promote oneself. Hopkins, like his contemporaries, Matt Hunter, Thomas Vanderham, and Darren Berrecloth, has made the transition to our new digital era. With the help of David Peacock and Liam Mullany, Hopkins’ self-deprecating humour has made for astoundingly popular web videos (case in point – Loam Factory).

After spending a week with Hopkins I gained a far better understanding of what it takes to ride bikes for a living. The life of a professional freeride mountain biker is not what you’d assume. Sure, Mike rides his bike more than most, but it’s also a life filled with endless amounts of driving, solo stunt building, and countless hours spent on business; email, texts, and phone calls. He's a perfectionist and a workhorse, pushing himself to nail the perfect shot. He's a location scout, a trail engineer, a brand manager, and tireless marketer. The quintessential self starter. To succeed without contest wins or race podiums takes a special breed of athlete. A breed Hopkins exemplifies. He’s the prototypical 21st century action-sport star.

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Random Hopkins Facts:
• He brings his camera everywhere. It’s a Canon 60D with a 20-105 f.4.5-5.6 lens.
• Hopkins is a big fan of motocross racer Justin Barcia .
• Hopkins likes listening to audio books on long drives. In his truck he had: ‘’The Motive’’ by John Lescroart, ‘’Dark Harbour’’ by Stuart Woods, ‘’Shoot Him if He Runs,’’ also by Stuart, and finally ‘’The World Without Us’’ by Alan Weisman.
• His bike room contains: one fully built Norco Rampage hardtail, a custom Norco slopsetyle bike, a green Knolly Podium missing a fork, a Scott Voltage FR, and a Scott hardtail (frame only, no components). His primary bike, a Norco Aurum, a custom painted lime green/baby blue affair sits locked to the railing on his deck when it’s not being ridden. He has a Norco Sight kicking around there too. He’s also got six full-face helmets, and enough spare parts to supply a bike shop.
• His hat collection is even more mind-boggling. Upwards of 14 snap-backs, toques, and flex-fit hats and there are probably more hidden from sight.
Revolution Cycles in Rossland performs all of his maintenance.
• He drives a Nissan Frontier XEV6. It had just passed 100,000 miles, has a cracked windshield, and isn’t as beat-looking as you’d expect from being used for shuttling bikes, gear, and crew.
• He has Netflix and we watched the documentary Senna while I stayed there.
• Shortly after Crankworx, he spent ten days in Bralorne, BC, with Matt Miles, Sherpa's Cinema, and Blake Jorgenson. Get stoked for that media extravaganza.
• He visits Alpine Grind coffee shop nearly every day while at home (Rossland's finest, at the corner of Columbia Ave. and the Schofield Highway).
• He enjoys Artigiano Coffee (he orders his beans from them).
• He has fairly poor posture, probably due to two shoulder dislocations and one separation.
• He has a fear of half sunken boats.
• He no longer rides for Monster Energy and has yet to announce who his replacement sponsor is…

Sources:
Espresso Facts
Caffeine Metabolism
*(Although testing has revealed caffeine content in espressos ranges from 25mg to 107mg per shot).
**Team Robot gets an honourable mention



Story/Photo/Behind the Scenes Video: Scott Secco
Loam Factory: David Peacock and Liam Mullany
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62 Comments

  • + 85
 I just thought for the hundred thousandth time " i've got to move to Canada "
  • + 36
 There's not much room out here for anybody else, we're just a quiet little town
  • + 4
 Sounds like there is more then enough room for everyone, unless you look at it from a hermits point of view...
  • + 21
 Nope, he's correct. Not much room.
  • + 4
 Yep, the NW is PRETTY full up all the way around. Try east of the Rockies...
  • + 3
 Are you telling me that ALL canada is full ?

Never mind i'm gonna live in a beaver's dam !
  • + 35
 The aboriginals took the beaver dams. Sorry.
  • + 11
 Yeah, the LEAST populated town in Canada has the population density of Shanghai. You would hate it here. Trust us...it sucks.
  • - 3
 Yep bro... sorry, but from Alaska all the way down to the southern Oregon border and as far east as Montana/The Rockies is COPLETELY spoken for and "full to the brim" I hear they're experimenting with some new high-rise technology there are so many people here, but it may be as long as ten-20 years before they figure out how to fit another person in the region... Bummer I know, but man, this place is getting CROWDED aye. I could maybe find A spot in the barn, but you;d have to leave the bikes at home...

@gouty... seriously the funniest comment I've read on PB today hahahahahaha truly great Wink
  • + 8
 I have a feeling you just don't want to share your awesome trails...
  • + 3
 WHA???? No... that is most certainly NOT what is going on here... The population just "mysteriously" jumped through the roof after his post was made... wierd I know, but whatcha gonna do Wink
  • + 2
 Something to do with global warming right?
  • + 0
 The-Medic, you do realize they are talking about Canada right? not the united states.
  • + 0
 You do realize that Oregon/Washington/Idaho is practicaly the same thing as BC right??? It's all callled the "Pacific Northwest". I've got enough family in and spend enough time in Canada (everywhere from Vancouver to Brandon to The great lakes region) to feel comfortable making that claim too. Governments might be different, but you got more in common with me in Oregon then you do with your own coutrymen to the East Wink I like to look at it this way:

http://zapatopi.net/cascadia/
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 EDIT^: sorry Devinnuzell, I didn't mean for that to sound as snarky as it came off aye...

I do realize he's talking abut Canada but IMO we NW folks need to stick together... when he gets to Canada and realizes how full up everything is he clearly gonna want to head south and eventually end up where everyone else does: Portland... Wink I think theres room here for ALL NW riders to give him the gears Wink
  • + 2
 All iI need to do is compare it with my hometown or even country and it's allmost empty, one of the advantages of living in a highly populated country Razz
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  • + 10
 That's one beast of an edit, one of those films that makes you instantly want to go out and ride. I love the simplicity of these trails, they are so raw and fast, but if you were just walking on through the forest you might not even see them, they blend in so well. love it, thumbs up Hopkins
  • + 2
 Big jumps!!!! fast trail, great and fast riding and filming. Mr sticks is right, go out and ride:
Cheers
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  • + 11
 SENNA!!! Seriously one of my favorite movies ever.
  • + 3
 I agree. Probably the best F1 driver ever!!!!........Vettel is pretty good too hah.
  • + 2
 didnt expect to see f1 fans on pinkbike but awesome. one of my fave movies alittle sad though.
  • + 4
 Ya he was a great driver. a wet weather specialist it seems as if he got faster the wetter it got! ........that's what she said ha-hah.
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  • + 5
 It's amazing just how much time goes in to a 4 minute clip. Many props to all those involved with the Loam Factory. Overall it's the best clip I've seen on Pinkbike. Mike Hopkins embodies my favorite kind of riding - aggressive, bold, and confident. He, and Frankowski and crew, captures the essence of just how bad-ass shredding loam is. Bravo.

PS - I had a chance to ride an Aurum, which I was curious about just because of this edit, - it is an insanely fun & light shred sled. Norco is lucky to have Mike riding for them!
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  • + 5
 Mike Hopkins is the man! His part in Life Cycles was amazing and in my opinion Life Cycles is the best new age mtb movie. Keep on shredding!
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  • + 6
 Looks like Mike has been feeling loamly...killer vid gang!
  • + 5
 mike hopkins the loam ranger
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  • + 2
 I agree.....It does take a special kind of person to be a little to no contest pro action sports athlete and Mike has done it and done it well for a LONG time....Mad Props Man!!!
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  • + 2
 This video has to be one of my favorite videos on PB. And the fact that you guys have the behind the scenes stuff makes it even better. Its great to see how much work goes into making these videos.
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  • + 1
 I live in kamloops I got the hard dirt and loose soft stuff so I'm not sure if I should get a michellin tire a kenda tire or maxis minion tires i don't know anyone opinions???
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  • + 2
 Hopkins lands street tricks about as often as 'lil Wayne lands an original line, but he kills berms like dateline killed late night television.
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  • + 1
 "He no longer riders for Monster Energy but has yet to announce who his replacement sponsor is…", "Hopkins is a big fan of motocross racer Justin Barcia ."

Does he would ride for Muscle Milk... ? lol
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  • + 3
 His rampage 80ft shot is sick , too bad he couldnt land it.
  • + 6
 That's fine, I think we're all happy that he didn't die, haha. CRUNCHED
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  • + 1
 top top every corner Stylish fast just perfect oh the music is perfect 2 Smile
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  • + 1
 Hopkins is tha man, with his positive attitude and mad skills is one of the best riders out there, props.
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  • + 1
 I'm not sure which I like more, the hilarity of the behind the scenes or the film itself
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  • + 1
 Wait... if he is yet to announce his replacment sponser, that means he has a new one. My money is on redbull sponsering him.
  • + 6
 Or some kind of coffee hahahaha
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  • + 1
 Weird question .. But does anyone know what tires he uses ? Like f*ck looks grippy
  • + 1
 Kenda Nevegal
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  • + 2
 Holy shit that's a rad edit!!
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  • + 2
 The second film is fantastic (Drugi film jest fantastyczny).
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  • + 2
 What's the Sound name in the Cutprogramm at 3:31???... So Sick !!! Big Grin
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  • + 2
 Just watched for the second time, great work. Build - Berm - Loam
  • + 2
 I'm probably up to about 12....
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  • + 1
 thats how i ride street too.
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  • + 1
 wats goin on with that hole at the end
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  • + 1
 Has anyone rode those kenda tires ? How are they?
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  • + 2
 Excellent ride and edit!
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  • + 1
 My new favorite edit... awesome!!!!
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  • + 1
 Incredible fast and stylish !! so inspiring
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  • + 1
 What is the name of the editing programm ? Great Vid for sure !!
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  • + 1
 That's a lot of coffee! Beer
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  • + 1
 Mike Hopkins is such a SHREDDER great vid
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  • + 1
 Nissan Frontier FTW
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  • + 1
 Great video!!
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  • + 1
 I wanna be like mike...
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  • - 2
 I can't stand behind any rider that wears shoes from the same company that created the "D3".
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