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A day training with Mike Hopkins

Ever wonder about the daily routine of a professional freerider? Watch to find out how Mike spends his days at home!

162 Comments

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 Great Vid!!
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 Mike+Tam=VOD
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 how the f*ck are the pros so rich....like that is a damn nice house... do the really get paid that much? How doest that all work?
  • + 6
 Mike Hopkins you are my Idol
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 ummmm, lush?
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 mike hopkins is legit the man.
  • + 12
 Things seem to be pretty damn good for that dude
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 Totally VOD.
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 iride89- mike is a pro skier during the winter too.. hes the man!
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 I know Smile
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 Ya buddy! Another sick video Tam. Love the colors and your filming style! And of course the riding was top notch too!
  • + 11
 I've always wondered exactly what Mike Hopkins' daily routine was... Now I know. Great Vid!
  • + 2
 yeah me to and great vod!!
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 he leaves that dh bike outside...I THINK NOT!!!!
  • + 9
 Living the dream right their
  • + 0
 awesome VOD
  • + 3
 havent heard jurassic 5 since one of the tony hawk games
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 JURASSIC 5! Awesome Vid
Good choice in music Big Grin
  • + 4
 he should try racing dh he looks super fast
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 wow he doesnt ride, he flies low!! super fast agree with the-k-man 100%
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 first off he lives in an apartment in Rossland, not some huge mansion in whistler, he rides the BUS to get laps in, he lives with his girlfriend who most likely supports Mike in numerous ways (many top athletes regardless of sport say they couldn't have gotten to where they are with out support of their significant others). Most people don't have the mind set to go out and work on one single area of their riding (ie cornering) they just do multiple laps, but if you want to be on the top of your sport you have to work on the little details. When your a pro you can't say "I don't feel like riding today", you go out and ride every single day (sounds a lot nicer then it is) whether your sore from yesterday, its raining, its cold or whatever you use as an excuse to not go ride (we all have them).

Sponsors have huge obligations for their riders and expect results on comps. If you have an off season your dropped on a moments notice for that next hot shit kid coming up. You need to be on your game at all times, you can't call in sick. From what I have seen Mike is one of the harder working dudes in extreme sports (both skiing and riding) and you shouldn't say he has an lazy life and imply that things just get handed to him.

If you think it's so easy to be a pro rider why aren't you the one in this video?

Bikebuster: I just think he leaned it up there while he tied up his shoes, I don't think he just leaves it outside all the time Wink
  • + 2
 ^^^yeah i hope cuz that bike does not deserve to be sitting outside overnight
  • + 20
 You clearly have no idea how the industry works. It doesn't matter if he lives in an apartment or a house, the fact is that it is nice and he is living more comfortably then he should be. He rides the bus for the reason he gave... it is great transportation to get him to the trail head and that isn't because he doesn't have a truck (he does have a nice one) it is because he doesn't have anyone else to shuttle him for laps. He gets paid way enough to support himself and he is also a "pro" skiier so that doesn't decrease his funding either. He isn't at the top of the sport, his sponsors don't expect any result from him because he does nothing in terms of entering events, contests, or races and he isn't even close to one of the hardest working extreme sport athletes out there.

www.teamwolfbike.com/?p=866#comments

He isn't a "pro" because he is a good rider, he is a "pro" and gets paid because he has good connections.
  • + 1
 Is he in the world tour for free skiing?
His name seems really familar in the ski industry.
  • + 3
 I wanna be pro! Frown
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 He was invited to the redbull rampage evolution last year and qualified to the finals. To quote you from the link you provided "because you sure as hell aren’t training for anything worth our time in mountain biking". I'm glad you put the redbull rampage in that category!! Well done.

What does living more comfortable then he should be mean, that all pro riders should be dirt bags.....

PS I read most of your blog posts on Thrash Bike (yes I do research before I comment) and not much original content there, mostly just you posting other peoples vids other then your trip to colorado crankworks which was written more like spectator then a journalist.
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 woah woah woah. 'Ridingthemoment' I never said he was lazy and gets shit handed to him. I was just curious about how far sponsorships go, because after watching this vid it looks like he has it made in the shade. Obviously its not easy to be sponsored. You have to be on your game and stay in shape. On the other hand considering that his career is something that he loves. I cant see his job being really hard. There are more strenuous careers.

Second. Dont assume. Never said I deserved to be a pro, and neither did I say it was easy.

Third. You forgot to say...he is a "pro," b/c he is a damn good rider.
(In 2 sports)
  • + 1
 Not all the comments were aimed at you, someone further down said "He has the most lazy liife i've ever seen". Your right, he is a damn good rider and your also right I shouldn't assume my bad.
  • + 4
 eh man no problem...I just realized that I assumed your comment was for me. lol. My bad.
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flag ryMY21 (Aug 4, 2009 at 18:48) (Below Threshold)
 Good for him! He entered a contest and actually qualified! He must of been so far out of his element. How about all the other riders that were invited and qualified and placed above him? Brandon Semenuk, Kurt Sorge, Grahem Aggasis, etc. etc... Last time i checked Aggy still had a job at Milestones to get enough money to make it to the events and he is placing top 10 at all the events he enters whether it be slope-style, dirt jump, big mountain, dh, or the Rampage. Now you are trying to justify Hopkins getting full salary and more magazine exposure then 95% of the riders in the sport just because he went to Rampage and qualified last year? That's weak.

By living more comfortably then he should be, I was meaning that he should be receiving that letter of unemployment from his sponsors, along with all the other riders who have been relaxing and getting comfy in that one spot they have been in for the past 3 or 4 years. He should either pick it up or move on out because he is taking a lot of money away from riders who could be using it in a much more productive way.

Thanks for tuning into ThrashBike as well, but I think you are miss-understanding the idea of the blog. With only my content and Nick Brandreth's, we would have very original content but long intervals in between post seen as it takes a long time for original content to happen. That would mean we would loose readers if we didn't put in some fill and still what I end up posting for fill is rather fresh. If a friend of mine posts a video trailer up on the internet, that means that they want it viewed and how else are the masses going to view it if that trailer doesn't get posted in more then one spot?

The Colorado trip was written from a riders perspective, I wasn't intending for people to think I was a journalist.
  • + 9
 bah to much to read. hahaha
  • + 2
 Greatest VOD ever!~!
  • + 5
 As I mentioned earlier. I've heard that Hopkins has been working extremely hard to put together a sweet segment for the up and coming movie Life Cycles. Doing things just as good as any pro rider. Just look at this ad, the kid is touching his handlebars on the ground on a basically flat corner. Haven't seen too many pro's do that.

www.dakine.com/ads/bike/2009-ad02-hopkins

He got 6th at Rampage, one of only 4 riders to hit the huge gap, and the kid has a hard work ethic. Don't tell me sponsors could use their money better. There needs to be riders like Hopkins, totally down to earth nice guy.
  • + 2
 Awesome video! very good choice for VOD! =)
  • + 1
 ...ya good VOD, but some people need to calm down just a bit its not like this one piece of writin is gonna change anythin, a pros a pro, sponsors are sponsors, biking is biking, and the sky is up. Go Scott!
  • + 4
 I know Mike personally, I grew up with him, Ive been riding with him since grade 3. That guy works so hard its crazy. I helpped him make his first few sets of promo videos. I was working 10 hr days a full time job and he would be over at my house till 3 am prefecting the promo. It wasnt good enough until he said it was good enough. His first bike promo we re-did close to 40 times. Theres a reason why Mike is where he is today. Its how hard the kid works and his attention to detail. Very proud to say Im his friend.
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 LIVING THE DREAM!!
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 what a hard routine training session. God his life is soo tuff.
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 just in case anyone still cares, being sponsored is tough shit, contracts don't last for ever and to keep the good ones you have to actually improve, which contrary to popular belief actually takes some effort and long days trying to improve your technique and style, or become faster if your racing. yeah its a sick life and yeah it's easy but only if you love doing it.
  • + 7
 I love how he calls it "getting up for work" hahahha I would love to call that my job!
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 dream life
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 exactly...
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 I know Mike personally, I grew up with him, Ive been riding with him since grade 3. That guy works so hard its crazy. I helpped him make his first few sets of promo videos. I was working 10 hr days a full time job and he would be over at my house till 3 am prefecting the promo. It wasnt good enough until he said it was good enough. His first bike promo we re-did close to 40 times. Theres a reason why Mike is where he is today. Its how hard the kid works and his attention to detail. Very proud to say Im his friend.
  • + 5
 He has the most lazy liife i've ever seen ... AND gets paid for it , damm i want that so bad Frown
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 you've obviously never seen a film shoot riders have to work harder in a few hours than people with normal jobs do in like 2 weeks
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 I can tell you first hand that NO ONE in the bike biz gets anything they havent faught for or just straight up deserve. There isnt a huge warehouse full of Scott Dh bikes, shimano components and cases of Monster waiting to be given out to the guy or girl who writes the nicest letter or sends a thoughtful email. This guy has those things because he did what it took to get those things.....hard work. And to all you jag offs hating on the guy because he has nice things.....go get a job + work hard = and you'll have nice things too.
  • + 1
 wtf i saw someone at c.o.p. with that EXACT same bike (everything was the same, even the stickers) who was shreding full speed down the DH gaping the biggest gaps with HUGE style. he had the same helmet and he was wearing a striped shirt!!!
  • + 3
 wow, living the life? just like wake up in the morning, ride, chill with some buds, eat, ride some more, chill at home, sleep. Then do it all again...
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 For everybody pointing out the lifestyle perks Mike has should remember a couple things, 1.)He works damn hard at what he does 2.)Rossland is CHEAP it's in the middle of nowhere and the quality of life is great and the cost of living is really low
  • + 3
 Anyone else want to go and ride their bike now?
Great Vid it tells you whats necessary to be that good!
  • + 2
 Great Video, it takes alot to stay motivated these days. I never want to grow up. Best thing I ever bought was a Mountain Bike. "Freedom Like No Other"
  • + 4
 how can someone get PAID to do that?!
that isnt work lol!
  • + 1
 im really missing the country lifestyle now...he coudlve had some much better pedals on his dh bike, those pedals didnt even look sealed! throw on a pair of those pick twenty6's and he set
  • + 1
 I broke one of those pedals shafts on the inside of the pedal, and the pins always fall out, i didn't like them at all, go buy some funn's, best pedal I have owned!
  • + 1
 Mike is the man

i personally dont think it would be a lazy life, i doubt if he has any days off ( o its raining so i dont think ill go ride) n im guessin its pretty competitive.
  • + 3
 yeah I don't think it's a lazy life either.. but it's a good one for sure, living in the woods with your girl, your buddies, riding every day... I don't see any problems with that
  • + 1
 yes. i'd much rather be doing that than making pizza for money... I hate my job Frown
  • + 1
 ramonny... agreed : )
  • + 2
 what is the second song, kinda sounds like the same style of silversun pickup. and of shit hes fast.... amazing i want that job
  • + 1
 sick vid!!! cant believe you can take yer bike one the bus i live in ktown and were not even aloud to put our bike on the bike rack cuz the dont fit
  • + 1
 thats the life i dont care if its hard riding every day all day riding is my passion and thats what i want to to bad ill never be pro.....o well gotta have dreams Smile
  • + 3
 pinkbike is full of shitheads... this dude will drop you on a dh track
  • + 1
 no need to say how much I wish I was a pro.....waking in the morning and going straight to the trails....downhill in the morning and dj's in the afternoon...a total dream..
  • + 3
 thats pretty inspiring video
  • + 1
 that is so cool a minifridge that says momster full of monsters a bus that goes right to were the trails are thats like whistler withought the lines thats sick
  • + 2
 Yeah, and the only reason the fridge is full is cos no professional drinks Monster cos its bad for you and makes you feel like shit!
  • + 1
 he grabed a can
  • + 1
 does sam hill not drink it then ?
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 Being able to ride to the trail and then travel back on the bus with your bike... if only it was like that everywhere.
  • + 1
 come to vancouver Smile
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 Actually, some trails run DOWN from Rossland. The Bus is handy, but he probably has to take it on the bus,'coz his tires won't fit in the rack either!
  • + 1
 I know, I've been to Rossland, but I enjoyed the longer non-bus accessible descents like Oasis,Flume and Dewdney more than the shorter stuff
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 hey was the 1st song with the trial the rap and sick vid tam ,i am stoked to see stund
  • + 2
 Original video, good editing, versatile riding, good music. If this is an average day I am jealous.
  • + 3
 it´s a dream get payd to do what i love to do ride a bike.!
  • + 3
 that must be a great life, I agree with thomasmb!!
  • + 2
 this is so much better than yesterdays VOD
  • + 1
 such a good video! he really is living the life inspirational, i really wanna go ride my new bike right about now! props!
  • + 2
 yeah i think i could do that every day hehe
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 mmm I saw a fridge full of Monster. YUMMEH!
  • + 1
 cool vid, but crazy to have narration over Big Daddy Kane's bit in the J-5 tune. Let the ol man be heard dammit!
  • + 2
 oh what a life...makes me wanna quit school and focus on riding. Razz
  • + 1
 i saw him up at whistler CHYA MAN!!! haha going up a trail with another guy and a photo-oger-rapher
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 i have that life (on the weekends), and only wish that it would be like this everyday. great video. makes me want to ride.
  • + 2
 Wow thats a pretty hard life lol.
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 that really is the life, i would love to lead a life like that. props to mike (Y)
  • + 1
 wow... what a life indeed! love scott! such a cool VOD, shows off the roots of riding
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 that sounds like THE life....
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 He lives the dream every day! and gets paid to do it, hes the man!
  • + 1
 loved the vod. what was the name of the song during his opening practice run?
  • + 1
 what goggles has he got??? anyone?
  • + 1
 Totally loved this one!! Huge props for you man!! keep it real Wink
  • + 1
 we have the same coffie machien
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 Vod neat to see what a pro's life is all about Sick lifestyle
  • + 1
 this trails look awesome!!!!where is it???? sikest video ever seen
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 VOD Big Grin
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 vod
  • + 1
 i love this video good job
where is the trails ??
  • + 0
 ya.. riding is cool... but as far as the other stuff goes, wtf do i care? or anyone for that matter
  • + 2
 VOD such a great video
  • + 1
 fair play to you mate!! but i wish i had a life like you !!!
  • + 0
 "Professional freerider"!?

Whats that like an "amateur brain-surgeon" or an "honest politician"
  • + 1
 sorry if this is a dumb question but what model of bombers were those?
  • + 1
 2009 888 ata wc?
  • + 1
 mike hopkins i want your gambler!
  • + 1
 thats the fucking life. I dream one day i can have that luxury
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 Damn, you get so pumped just by watching this movie ^^ NiiiiiceWink
  • + 2
 i wonna live lke that!
  • + 1
 I can only wish my life was like that haha
  • + 2
 Jurasic five rocks
  • + 1
 Yeow! so sick! Heaps good vid!
  • + 1
 wheres the weight and cardio training part
  • + 1
 dude i wish i could spend my day like that
  • + 1
 VOD ! wooo XD what was the baige lookin monster never seen that one before
  • + 1
 They call it monster java i think its got like coffee in it. never had it.
  • + 1
 there pretty good if you like cold coffee
  • + 1
 Damn he gets to bring his bike onto the bus, in vancouver they dont Frown
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 whats the name of the last song
  • + 1
 does he have the life or what? that dj track was sick
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 i want that life...
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 could be vod!
  • + 1
 zcott gambler
and i think there 888s?
  • + 1
 does he have a shower
  • + 1
 sweet vid, great life
  • + 1
 live like in my dreams
  • + 1
 Great Vod
  • + 1
 Wheeeew Rossland
  • + 1
 vod sick vid
  • + 1
 VOD!!! epic vid..
  • + 1
 Pro Freerider!
  • + 1
 Great Vid!!!
  • + 1
 VOD !!! Smile
  • + 1
 pretty awesome
  • + 1
 I wish to live like that
  • + 1
 great overall rider
  • + 1
 cool life
  • + 1
 u lucky lucky lucky man
  • + 1
 sweet vod
  • + 1
 Living the dream
  • + 1
 sweet video man
  • + 1
 great vod!!!great job!!
  • + 1
 fun day ..SICK VOD
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 what is the trail ?
  • + 0
 amazing video!!! great job of keeping it iteresting
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 vod
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 what song?
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 i would tell you, but i asked aswell, but no one seems to want to awnser, they are more intrested in argueing about how lazy or how lazy he isnt. just cant watch the video and enjoy it.

there are too many critics and not enough people who just get on with it, there are so many people who think they could do this, some may be able to. but the rest just rant like i am now... just get on with it and then you can get connected and maybe payed to do this amazing sport

soo what is the 2nd song it rocks i just want to ride to it. Smile
  • + 0
 I believe the second song is snow patrol "wow"...
  • + 1
 Which song genius? There's a few. The rap during the main part is A day at the races by Jurassic 5.
  • + 0
 what shoes does he wear?
  • + 1
 he rides on some shimano mtb shoes there sweet
  • + 0
 What bike is that?
  • - 2
 worlds sickest vid
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