Talking Luft! with Brendan ‘Trekky’ Johnston. S3.E5

Rapha presents Talking Luft!

Talking Luft is back for another week & following on from my first on-race episode at the MTB epic Otway Odyssey, I’ve got a MTB-themed Talking Luft, with local Aussie legend Brendan Johnston, also known as Trekky (who won the Otway Odyssey!).

Brendan is a huge name on the Aussie Mountain Bike scene. He’s Australia’s most successful MTB marathon rider, consistently taking the top step of the podium. But he not only races MTB -he also crosses over to other cycling disciplines – racing at the highest level on the Aussie road scene, having won the prestigious Melbourne-Warnambool and placing in the Australian National Road Championships – all this while working normal hours running his own business!

He’s a great guy and has overcome a lot to get to where he is today. I learn about his journey overcoming cancer at the age of 17 when his cycling career was just taking flight. It changed the path of his life but he never lost his love of cycling.

He’s a lover of all forms of cycling and I knew it would be fun to sit him down to Talk some Luft – MTB style.

I loved getting into the ins & outs of the mountain bike scene – we chat Peaks on Helmets, bikes, Bar ends, an epic MTB World Cup from 2013 & a whole lot more.

Enjoy guys!




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Show Notes

Episode breakdown:

0:00min to 2:08 – Snippet from last week’s episode – On-Race at Otway Odyssey

2:08min to 4:30 – Episode Intro

4:30min to 24:58 – Brendan’s Career

24:58min to end – Talking Luft with Brendan Johnston

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Brendan’s Most Re-watchable race – The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2013 Albstadt. Watch highlights here:

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Released: March 16, 2022