i really couldn't conjure a better match than lopes / ellsworth.
i'd rather not perpetuate the "dick" aura that surrounds the guy without actually getting to know the fellow, but seeing him show up in my cat (old, very non-professional) at whistler ews has swayed me towards the believer camp.
that said, he's a talented mofo that's made a good living riding mountain bicycles. if you're able to milk it into your twilight years (with body still intact) all power to you. i'm sure much fewer shits are given as to who is writing the paycheques at this point.