Luke Stopanski

Downhill and Enduro Racer

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Tell us about your bike:

My downhill weapon of choice for this season is a 2023 Specialized Demo, kitted front and rear with Ohlins suspension. My favourite thing about this bike is my yellow #LongLiveChainsaw Sticker which matches nicely with the bike, and is a tribute to Canadian Downhill Legend, Stevie Smith.
For enduro I ride a Yeti Sb160, running a Zeb Ultimate fork, and a Fox DHX2 Coil in the rear. My Favourite part about this bike, is that bright orange Fox Factory Coil Spring, which looks awesome and makes me atleast 10% faster. :)


What is your Age?

I'm 16 years old and from Kimberley BC.


Where's your go-to ride?

When I think about my riding style and what I love to ride, I would definitely say I love shuttling the local networks, and bikepark laps. I love ripping bikes and having a blast with my friends and teammates when I can just run lap after lap. I also really enjoy trail and enduro riding though, while training or just riding I'm also a firm believer of "earning your turns". Especially when you get to the top and get to feel accomplished. The Reward? A wicked downhill through beautiful scenery. 
My favorite type of trail definitely has to include a variety of things. From berms you can carve around, to jumps you can boost, to good old technical gnar.


What are your achievements?

As for my accomplishments, as far as typical race results go my obvious pick is a silver medal(2nd Place) at the 2023 Canadian DH National Championships in Fernie, BC.
Another big accompaniment for me was just my general riding progression from the 2022 season, to the 2023 season. I had such a breakthrough year, evolving as a rider in a variety of aspects. I made so many new connections, transformed my riding and all my preparation and training paid off on the clock.


Can you share some Fun Fact about you? 

I am a certified Lifeguard.
I can double Backflip on skis.