Video: A Pre-Injury Brook Macdonald in 'Beware of the Bulldog'

Oct 29, 2019
by SHIMANO  

Words: Shimano
Photos: Sterling Lorence, with additional photography by Nathan Hughes
Video: Anthill Films


bigquotesThis video was originally supposed to release in early September but after the crash at Worlds, myself, Shimano and the crew at Anthill Films decided that we should postpone it until I knew more about my injury. I’m now happy to say I’m doing great in my rehabilitation and feeling stronger every day. I’ve been blessed with immeasurable support from fans around the world, the mountain bike community, my friends, my family and my girlfriend Lucy. So many people have sent me messages and well wishes, it really has gotten me inspired to come back to downhill racing sooner and stronger.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Brook MacDonald


Brook Macdonald in Rotorua New Zealand
The Bulldog is far from beaten.


For Brook MacDonald, it’s been an eventful few months to say the least. On August 31, 2019 he suffered a devastating crash during a practice run on the World Champs Downhill course at Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada. Brook qualified third fastest the day before and was feeling strong for the weekend’s race before getting thrown from his bike on the “La Tarzan” rock drop feature in one of the wooded sections of the track.


“I was just unlucky,” says the 27-year-old New Zealander. “With the wet weather the day before, the track had changed with a root coming out. That put me offline just a little bit and pitched me over the handlebars.”


In pain while getting extracted from the DH course in Mont-Saint-Anne.


At the scene, Brook was experiencing intense pain and was unable to feel his legs. After his extraction he was flown to hospital and told by doctors that he had broken two vertebrae and would require immediate surgery. The next day he left the hospital with eight screws and two rods stabilizing his spine.

Now back home in New Zealand and attending daily physiotherapy sessions, the downhill racer who earned his nickname of “The Bulldog” is walking again, spinning on a trainer and growing stronger every day.


Brook Macdonald in Rotorua New Zealand
Back to the bike punishment soon.


bigquotesEven though it was the biggest crash of my life, I still look at this as a small bump in the road. It’s going to take time, but I don’t see any reasons why I can’t make it back to where I was. Getting back on the bike again has been my biggest motivation.Brook MacDonald

From the depressing lows of lying in a Canadian hospital bed dealing with insurance paperwork and organizing his flights home to the exhilarating highs of taking his first unassisted steps again, all along Brook has been flooded with messages of support from the world over.


Brook Macdonald in Rotorua New Zealand


bigquotesI still can’t get over how many people have reached out to support me and it’s not just mountain bikers, either. People who suffered their own spinal cord injuries have been sharing how they dealt with their own challenges and have been giving me tips on how to make the quickest recovery. There are so many messages... I do struggle to read them all but have tried hard to get through as many as possible. I’m so lucky to have the level of support that I do.Brook MacDonald




Brook’s Mondraker bikes have gained some temporary respite from the punishment that he loves to dish out, but it won’t be long before he’s back in the saddle with the same doggedness that earned him a top 10 ranking in World Cup Downhill racing.

Beware.


54 Comments

  • 64 0
 The bulldog will growl once again
  • 51 1
 this is my local DH track, and this is the wildest I've seen anybody ride it.
  • 28 0
 Pretty safe to say wildest anyone *has*, or *will*, ride it... that's insane !
  • 12 0
 This is a very nice track you guys got there. Pheeww..!
  • 2 0
 ZL is on my bucket list. I want to ride there so badly.
  • 1 0
 Where is it bro?
  • 2 0
 Its mostly the Taniwha National Downhill track in Rotorua, theres a lot of criss-crossing lines that they tape different ways for different races, so it's not really one track as such, but a multitude of lines that can be linked up
  • 1 0
 @stoo61: Mostly national DH (Taniwha) in Rotorua redwoods

www.trailforks.com/trails/taniwha-national-dh
  • 1 0
 @feazel: Churrs. Only hitting the south island on my next trip but after that its oooonnnn
  • 2 0
 @stoo61: If you can I would suggest trying to do some north stuff, just because it is so different to the south, feel free to message me if you want any pointers north or south, (from N.Ireland originally, but been out here 10 years)
  • 1 0
 @feazel: Aw yeah I know man. Im popping over to start my 2 year visa ticking so I will be back longer term this time next year all being well. Will see how I get on, might head north but its all a bit slap dash at the minute haha cheers tho!
  • 21 0
 cant wait to see part 2, on the trail bike. even if its just riding it along the wet sand at the beach.
  • 13 0
 If you ever get the chance to see this guy ride in person you are in for a treat. Watching the average pro ride a section you are like “wow that was fast” then you Brook absolutely savage the same section and all you can say is “what the f$&kin F$&k!” It’s hard to put into the words, the nickname “bulldog” is nearly an understatement!

All the best in your recovery.
  • 5 0
 Funny thing is, bulldogs kinda plod along slowly?
  • 3 0
 Saw him up in MSA a day prior to the crash. The speed that he was coming down the speed section would make one assume her was on a 125cc moto. Crazy to see how fast these guys go in person and the terrain is very different in person than in video.
  • 10 0
 BIG STATEMENT but my favourite Biking vid EVER! Humanising the bikes like that was funny as. Given that to release this it must mean Brook is on his way to recovery. Epic news in itself! Then to bring in the voices midway through was, for me, quite innovative video making and something different! Class. Props to all involved and of course ...BRAAAP healing vibes to the Bulldog !!!
  • 10 0
 Not sure Mavic could have sponsored a better rider to promote their wheel durability
  • 8 0
 So Brook those things on your bars are Brakes. Mortals use them, you should try them.....No okay but please dont break the mountain us regular humans use it too! (legend Hope he's back to smashing it real soon)
  • 4 2
 insert brook should ride sram brakes joke here
  • 7 0
 That. Was. Awesome. Only fitting it ends with us waiting to see the punishment delivered to the trail bike. Look forward to seeing that. Keep up the recovery Bulldog
  • 9 1
 That was bloody outstanding!
  • 8 0
 That. Was. Fantastic. Heal up quick Bulldog!
  • 2 0
 Yeah that was so good, soo fast
  • 7 0
 Can't wait to see Brook shredding like this again.
  • 5 0
 Dude, now I fear to be reincarnated into a downhill bike...
  • 5 0
 My cranks hurt just watching lol. I love the bike voiceover
  • 4 0
 Master Blaster! Wish you the best to get fully recovered soon Brook
  • 4 0
 That track, jesus that looks fun.
  • 3 0
 Sick video! Also dope music (thanks Royal Blood).
Hope Bulldog can do this soon again!
  • 3 0
 Best video for a long time, if not the best!!! I wanna see part 2 where he´s on the trail bike!!!!
  • 1 0
 Wow, what a sick edit! Watching Brook progress through his recovery has been really inspiring. The dude has an amazing attitude. I hope he can get a win when he comes back, how awesome would that be?
  • 3 1
 Slightly off topic, but I think it’s time Mondy released a bad ass hardtail.
  • 2 0
 When the song started I thought my spotify kicked on for some reason, ha! good choice for once!
  • 2 0
 Ha ha ha ha ha, that video is insane! Killing it! New favourite video! Thanks Shimano.
  • 2 0
 Killed it. Great video & great progression off the bike right now Bulldog! Sending love and good vibes!
  • 1 0
 @shimano great edit. just wondering if the last scene was filmed or refilmed after the crash!? it looks like!? if yes, hats off! anyway hats off to brook
  • 2 0
 ah ah good fun and great footage
  • 1 0
 Sending best and strong healing bives to a great rider and person.

"Never give up"

Saludos
  • 2 0
 Watching him progress has been such an inspiration.
  • 1 0
 That was crazy. Wow. I'm a fan!
  • 1 0
 Awesome.. Can't wait to see you shredding again!
  • 1 0
 Heal well Bulldog!! Can't wait to watch you ripping again!!
  • 1 0
 Awesome Brook !! Catch up soon bro Smile
  • 1 0
 That was lit! Hope to see you shred again soon, Brook!
  • 1 0
 That was Gangsta Bulldog! Best wishes!
  • 1 0
 Holy Moly. AMAZING riding!!
  • 1 0
 You rock Brook!! Keep plowing along, you got this!!
  • 1 0
 Epic edit combined with my favourite band? Awesome!
  • 1 0
 Who's the voice of the bikes?
  • 4 0
 Featuring Ed Masters as the trail bike and Wyn Masters as the downhill bike.
  • 1 0
 It looks like when it's time for fun, Brook is shredding the 27.5 summum.
  • 1 0
 Sofa King Flowy
  • 1 0
 siiiick
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