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Regarded as the most well-rounded off-road racer in Australia, Brendan Johnston has six XC marathon national championship titles to his name, as well as the hallowed Aussie triple crown of Port to Port, Reef to Reef and Cape to Cape. Brendan has also had success on the road, winning the prestigious Melbourne to Warnambool and landing on the podium at the national road championships. In 2023 Brendan turned his attention to gravel racing, traveling to the U.S. to contest the Life Time Grand Prix, where he immediately made an impact, scoring two podium finishes (second at Big Sugar in Arkansas, and third at The Rad in Colorado) and finishing seventh overall in the series. With that momentum, plus a win and a second-place finish in the Belgian Waffle Ride series, Johnston returned to the U.S. in 2024 to again battle the best gravel racers in the world in the Life Time Grand Prix.

TeamGravel
HometownMoruya, New South Wales, Australia
Where you live nowCanberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Career highlights
  • 6-time Australian marathon XC champion
  • 19 straight national XCM series wins
  • 7th overall in 2023 Life Time Grand Prix
  • 2nd at 2023 Life Time Big Sugar Classic (Arkansas)
  • 3rd at 2023 Life Time Rad Dirt Fest (Colorado)
  • 1st at 2023 Belgian Waffle Ride Utah
Sponsors/team affiliationsGiant Australia Off Road Team
Main cycling disciplinesMTB, Gravel, Road
Favorite bikeGiant Revolt
Current favorite cycling gearHas to be the chamois.
Favorite place to rideProbably here at home in Canberra.
Dream destinationBoulder, Colorado
What are you carrying on a long ride?Mars Bar
Tips for new ridersObviously enjoy riding! But I think don’t get caught up with training plans and structure too early. Get out on your bike as often as you can and in the early stages that will help more than anything else. Also try to ride in groups that are stronger than you. No better training than that. And focus on the minutes not the seconds.
If you could ride with one person, living or dead, it would beAustralian comedian Hamish Blake
Words to live byYou can learn something from everyone in every room.