Talking cycling with Luke Durbridge, Australian TT champion
One of several long interviews collected this January, Luke Durbridge takes time to explain some of the lessons he’s learned after 10 years as a highly successful cyclist…
“I was a bit taken aback by it personally,” says Luke Durbridge about his win over Rohan Dennis and Cameron Meyer in the time trial at the nationals at the start of 2019.
“I wasn’t racing for second but when Rohan is a 1:20 quicker than the rest of the field at the world championship last year, you sort of think that you arekinda riding for second…
“I had a big road race and then, two days later, backed up for the time trial.”
Durbridge has been winning bike races for a long time now. Ten years ago, he was the junior world champion. He turned pro shortly afterwards and has won an under-23 world title and a few rainbow jerseys as a track rider.
At 27, he’s reaching his peak years as a racing cyclist. ‘Turbo Durbo’, as he’s affectionately known, has always been good for a quote. He takes his time with journalists, responds to questions with enthusiasm and interest, and he seems to enjoy talking about his job.
More than that, however, he is capable of providing insights that may benefit others – and he’s not afraid of giving too much away when it comes to sharing the lessons he’s learned during his time as a pro cyclists.
– Click the link below to watch RIDE Media’s interview with Luke Durbridge. –
RIDE Media has a large collection of interviews as part of the ‘Talking Cycling’ series… have a look around our YouTube channel to find more.
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RIDE Media has spoken often with Durbridge over the past 10 years. Some features have been published, others exchanges have been friendly banter or, for example, tales about breaking bones in the opening stage of the Tour de France.
No matter the situation, he is relaxed and comfortable, knowledgeable and friendly. And in the make-shift studio in a room at the Adelaide Hilton, he was happy to talk about his most recent national title – the 2019 TT ahead of world champion Dennis and fellow Western Australian, Meyer.
The interview is a long one but if you want to get to know a particularly interesting Aussie cyclist a little better, take 20 minutes and have a listen to what ‘Durbo’ has to say.
He is powerful and efficient on the bike, and pedantic and polite off it. He enjoys the challenge of trying to find the perfect riding position and doesn’t mind sharing some of the knowledge he’s collected.
“I tend to try and go every year,” he says in response to a question about wind tunnel testing to refine his position.
“Hands are coming up, that’s the trend – closer to your head, making that close capsule,” and he demonstrates for the camera what he’s trying to do (at 8.50).
“Ben [Day, his TT coach] has been really good. Ben is now working with the team, with GreenEdge, and he came to the tunnel with us last year and he’s got some really, really good ideas… he brings it back to a normal, realistic sense.
“Some people in the tunnel can really nerd out but those positions are not possible to hold on the road. But Ben has a really good ability to test something and then see if that’s going to be realistic or not.”
This was an enjoyable interview to do and an educational one to watch. If you’d like to know more about time trial racing, and hear it from one of the best, take a moment to hear what Luke Durbridge has to say.
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– By Rob Arnold
Photo: Jean-Pierre Ronco
RIDE Media was at the 2019 Santos Tour Down Under with support from FE Sports, Australian agents for a wide range of cycling products including Wahoo, Stages, 100%, Ridley, Corima, AfterShokz and more…!