Downhiller Brook MacDonald was born on 25th November 1991 in the Hawke’s Bay region of the north island of New Zealand. After beginning racing at the age of 15, he first made the headlines by winning gold at the 2009 Junior World Championships in Canberra.
He continued making waves following a move up to the elite division, with two third place finishes on the 2011 UCI World Cup circuit (at Mont Sainte-Anne and Fort William) and a sixth place finish overall, as well as winning the iXS European Downhill Cup round in Todtnau, Germany. He featured on more podiums in 2012, including a first place at the World Cup downhill race in Val d’Isere, France, and a runners-up spot at the iXS European Downhill Cup round in Innerleithen.
Riding for the Trek World Racing Team in 2013, Brook’s season started well, with silver at the World Cup downhill race at Fort William, and victory at the Mountain Creek Spring Classic in New Jersey. However, his season ended prematurely after he was involved in a ‘silly little crash’ back home in New Zealand which caused an injury requiring shoulder surgery.
Brook (or ‘Bulldog’ as he is also known) is one of the sport’s most determined athletes, and a new video edit, released in January 2014, which showcased him at his fast, loose and aggressive best, proves that he will come back fitter than ever before, challenging for podiums once again.