Chris Johnston


From a stint as a bicycle messenger to standing on podiums at Crankworx, Chris’s life on two wheels has been pinned from the outset. Born and raised on New Zealand’s North Island, Chris has spent the last 10-years marinating himself in the mountain bike mecca of British Columbia.

Honing his skills on the North Shore, Chris would soon discover the burgeoning world of enduro racing. Success at prestigious events like Crankworx, the Trans Provence and Andes Pacifico would follow. Now in his sixth year on Santa Cruz, Chris will be focussing his attention at select events including the Kingdom Enduro in South Africa, Trans Provence and Trans Cascadia.




Bike Setup

  • Model: Santa Cruz Hightower

Career Highlights


  • 2019 Trans-Cascadia: 3rd
  • 2015 Andes Pacifico: 3rd
  • 2015 Trans-Provence: 2nd
  • 2015 NZ Enduro: 7th
  • 2014 Trans-Provence: 4th
  • 2013 North American Enduro Champion 
  • 2013 Big Mountain Enduro Series: 3rd overall 
  • 2013 Oregon Enduro Series: 2nd Overall 
  • 2013 Crankworx Enduro: 8th 
  • 2012 North American Enduro Tour: 2nd Overall
  • 2012 Nimby 50 Red Bull Downtime: 1st
  • 2011 Ashland Mountain Challenge Chainless DH: 1st
  • 2011 Crankworx Enduro: 6th
  • 2011 West Coast Super D: 1st
  • 2011 Fraser Valley MBA Toonie Race Series: 2nd Overall
  • 2009 Crankworx Enduro: 3rd
  • 2009 Red Bull Exodus: 8th
  • 2007 New Zealand Cateye 24 Hour Solo: 1st