SPORT: Downhill Mountain Biking
HOMETOWN: Chestermere, AB Canada
Currently living in: Cumberland, BC
Riding Since: 2008
Favourite Swagman Rack: The Tailwhip Tailgate Pad
Competition Calendar for 2018:
DCDH Cumberland BC, May 5-6
Courtney Forbidden Enduro, May 20
Nanaimo Enduro, May 26
Whistler BC Cup, June 23-24
Sun Peaks BC Champs, July 7-8
Silvertar BC/Canada Cup, July 14-15
Fernie BC/Canada Cup, July 21-22
Panorama Nationals, July 29-29
Crankworx Whistler August 10-19, competing in Garbo DH, Air DH, and Canadian Open
Big White BC Cup, September 1-2
Mt.Washington Stevie Smith Memorial/BC Cup Final, September 15-16
Cumberland Enduro, September 23
ABOUT Brandon Johnson
Pumped for this race season, feeling great and riding is progressing the way I was hoping. Last couple seasons have had rough starts so pretty happy to be riding and training right now, hope to come out strong. This year I have moved into Elite so I’m pretty nervous but also really stoked. I graduated university last year so am just coming up to one year at the new job, hope I can make it to as many races as possible.
What is your biggest accomplishment in your mountain biking career?/ or career highlights:
- It’s no huge feat but for me my best moment is getting my first ever first place at a local Calgary race, was cool to be on the top of the podium.
- Making the podium at the first ever Stevie Smith Memorial race 2017.
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
For last season I made a big change by moving to the island. At the gym I try to put myself in race run scenarios and have been trying out the cross country scene which has completely boosted my cardio and bike handling skills.
Where do you draw your inspiration from? Who are your role models?
I would say my inspiration comes from watching mountain bike films, inspirational songs and videos, reading features of how other pros made it to where they are, and just getting out on the bike and remembering why I love biking so much. My Role models/Heros would be my grandfather Morris Johnson, he has fought with MS for almost his whole life, and my Mountain bike heroes would have to be Cam McCaul, watching him in Seasons made me want to ride bikes, Gee Atherton and his focus. Steve Peat and Stevie Smith; I have never seen someone make a bike look so stable at such high speeds.
What is your favourite Swagman rack?
My favorite Swagman rack is the Tailwhip, I love coming down the mountain and just throwing the bike over the tailgate and heading back up, road trips are super easy to just throw the little strap around the frame and the puppy ain’t going anywhere.