Mondraker Present Brook MacDonald with Custom Crutches to Celebrate his Recovery

Oct 8, 2020 at 3:42
by James Smurthwaite  

Just over a year ago at the Mont Sainte Anne World Champs, Brook MacDonald suffered a potentially career-ending crash. Left on the hillside for 5 hours before being evacuated, he describes it as the worst day of his life but he was determined to not let the crash stop him and has made an amazing recovery. He'll be kitting up and heading up the mountain for the first downhill training session this afternoon before taking the start line again on Sunday for a crack at the Rainbow Jersey.

To celebrate his incredible return to racing, Monraker created him a pair of custom crutches as a symbol of their support following his inspiring recovery. Of course, while it's hoped that he won’t ever need to test ride this custom piece of kit, the crutches do come with a whole host of enhancements compared to the stock model he used during his rehabilitation. The handles feature Renthal double lock-on grips for better control in technical conditions, the long, slack, and low Forwalk Geometry adds some much-needed stability and the stanchions are even Kashima coated.

bigquotesSince we first met Brook in 2012, we knew he was strong both physically and mentally. But he has shown us an amazing life lesson in overcoming this adversity. We often say that Mondraker is a family, we are a small company with passion and commitment, and it is in moments of adversity that family really matters. Once again we want to say thank you to Brook for teaching all of us about true strength, and wish him the best of luck for this racing seasonMiguel Pina, Mondraker CEO

The crutches getting the factory paint treatment

The MS Mondraker team are running aluminium frames now and that includes display cases for crutches too.

Just over a year later, Brook is back between the tapes at World Champs.

Forwalk Geometry comes along with Mondraker's tried and true Zero suspension.

130mm, double lock-on, kevlar compound grips from Renthal.

Michelin rubber provides the grip on the crutch feet.

Brook picking up his comemorative crutches


  • 212 3
 He looks thrilled....
  • 9 1
 That's the crutch of the matter...
  • 39 1
 Lol...the whole thing is a bit weird
  • 8 2
 So so odd.
  • 11 0
 Be like Scott giving Paul Bass a Scott custom painted wheelchair
  • 17 0
 Here of some crutches to remind you of the worst day of your life, brilliant.
  • 3 4
 Seen him at a couple crankworx'. He honestly looks like that 90% of the time. Dour chap.
  • 13 0
 "Now we know we couldn't afford your hospital bills, so we made you a 'get well soon' stick"

AKA: We care enough to give you something, but didn't use our brains to make sure that it was appropriate.

Might as well have given him an blown up framed photo of himself laying on his side after the crash in pain, or maybe a free helicopter ride at a tourist attraction park.
  • 3 0
 My thoughts exactly. As someone who was on crutches for a VERY long time, the first thing I did after taking my “first steps” was throw those things in the trash. No one who’s actually had to rely on them for an extended period wants to keep a set around. That’s bad joo joo.
  • 3 0
I thought the exact same. Anyone who's had to adapt to only being able to walk with crutches knows how tough it is and how good it is to finally throw them straight out the f*cking window when you don't need them anymore.
  • 2 0
 Let's give the guy that survived terminal illness a coffin to celebrate! come on mondraker, who would want that?
  • 1 0
 @Chadimac22: I've still got mine. I needed them for three months and then another month a year later.

You could say the same thing about MTBs, many people are surprised I went back to biking again
  • 81 5
 They should have thrown them away when it was apparent he would recover. Who wants that as a reminder.
  • 2 1
 This lol
  • 73 0
 To October 11st... Seriously no one picked that up?
Amazing gift though, what hes managed to achieve is unreal!
  • 70 1
 They did, but they thought "This'll piss of prian6, let's leave it as it is"
  • 2 0
 @el-nombre: Spanish aren't they..
  • 6 3
 Could have meant eleventeenth....
  • 4 0
 @BigKahunaASE: that still ends with TH
  • 3 0
 I mean Sunday, October 11th 2020, is the most Elevenest of Sundays, obviously.
  • 1 0
 Probably meant 1st, seeing how its only the 8th....
  • 2 0
 @themostnate: Pretty sure its meant to be 11th for the Leogang World Champs as his first race back.
  • 59 0
 Little late for the crutches, no?
  • 45 3
 Tbh he's probably trying best to forget about the whole incident and move on with his life... a nice gesture but can't see him hanging those on his wall.
  • 7 1
 It can be a reminder in a good way too. Remembering the effort to get back to walking and being grateful for it.
  • 8 0
 I'd certainly want to forget it, Brook does post a lot of stuff on instagram about his recovery etc. So I think he sees it differently.
  • 3 1
 @Jacquers: any event that requires the better part of a year to recover doesn’t likely need any reminders.
  • 10 0
 When I was recovering from bouts of surgery that lasted over 2-1/2 years, my bar/stem/seatpost sponsor at the time made me a custom cane using handlebar material and a bar-end. I still have it and show it off with pride. We didn't have lock-on grips at the time, but my crutches definitely had mtb grips on the handles.
  • 2 0
 @cwatt: Everyone's different. Some will want to forget about it completely, others will want to remember the lessons learned from it.
  • 4 1
 @OC-Racing: the difference is that you used it
  • 2 0
 I've got the metalwork from my leg/knee on display on my sitting room shelves
  • 42 2
 geezer deserves a medal not this branded cringe fest.
  • 30 1
 I'd say they're 12 months too late. What a horrendous 'gift'!
  • 28 0
 Wow. He looks like he is overwhelmed with joy and gratitude...
  • 25 1
 what the f*ck?
  • 22 1
 Chalk this is up to "thanks but cash would have been just fine..."
  • 7 0
 But the cash wouldn't have the sponsor logos plastered all over it
  • 21 1
 Seems like a gift in poor taste, honestly.
  • 19 2
 Worst gift ever.
  • 15 0
 Need to be longer and slacker
  • 15 4
 Maybe it's a nice gesture, but getting publicly of the back of an injury seems a bit low. Celebrating injuries doesn't suit me, I want to get them out my mind and put them behind me ASAP.
  • 7 0
 It's celebrating recovery surely
  • 9 0
 @korev: "Congrats on your recovery! Here are some crutches."
  • 14 1
 “Hey, want to relive a potentially life altering injury?”
  • 11 1
 You give me that as a present and you better run mate...
  • 7 0
 having had a back injury before.... my crutches can go fack themselves... the gesture is nice I guess, but the aluminum would go straight to the recycle bin.
  • 8 0
 The peak of marketing is the painter without painting .....
  • 5 1
 Seems like a nice gesture if he still used them from time to time, but being given just one in a big friggin metal frame a year later, just before Worlds? What a terrible distraction.

Go Bulldog!
Everyone wants to see you back on the podium
  • 4 1
 as someone who has had a serious injury and fought back to ride again i would love this as a celebration of recovery. i find it really odd how so many commenters are offended by this and think you should try to forget about what happened. Sod forgetting, celebrate the hard work and be thankful.
  • 1 0
 Me too
  • 3 0
 As someone else who’s had an injury and come back to ride...... This is a shit present.
  • 8 5
 So cool.

Glad they didn't have to make one for the Pinkbike comment section (or a Pinkbike reviewer). They could make the most amazing one and all they got in response: "Oh, no water bottle mount... pass."
  • 3 0
 I will need a walking stick in the next year for all my daily activities (birth surgery went wrong 38years later).

Please Mondraker makes magic happend for me!! Only need the lefty version by the way!
  • 17 0
 Then Cannondale is probably a better bet.
  • 8 3
 Ok, this is fucking dumb. I'm not sure anyone could get such a joke in a situation like this.
  • 5 0
 It would be cool at the time when the injury happened but now that’s like there just expecting him to need them again
  • 5 3
 What he was able to accomplish in one year is just outright amazing. From being a paraplegic to walking in a few months time.....I think this gift is amazing and a testament to everyone involved in his recovery back to the sport.
  • 3 0
 My neck brace was left in a box until recently and once discovered promply disposed of. No good vibes from that shit. Would never think a blingy paint job would make it appropriate wall decor.
  • 5 0
 Painted two, gave him one. Plus that frame, Jesus.
  • 3 0
 Right?! Those frame welds are absolutely hideous!
  • 3 1
 I was like ok maybe they know Brook better and he will find the humor in this, the picture NOPE. I know people who would like and find this as funny gift but that picture says a 1000 words.
  • 1 0
 It also says 8 words: “Uhmmmm, okay... I guess I Just don’t get it???”
  • 4 0
 As a former elite athlete I have to say any way you look at this, just WRONG.
  • 1 0
 This is the weirdest post injury gift ever. I would not be happy about my employer gifting me something that feels almost like a crack at me getting hurt on the job, especially if they left me out in the wind opening a gofundme or only fans to pay my bills.
  • 3 1
 It's a neat gesture putting the dates on there.... but what is the significance of October 11st? or is there regional difference I'm missing?
  • 1 1
 World Champs race day!
  • 1 0
 @RichardJBos: I thought that was on the 11th.

Yes I’m being pedantic, but was actually curious if 11st was a thing somewhere.
  • 1 1
 I don't get this "celebrating recovery" thing. What if he hadn't made nearly as much of a recovery? Would he not be celebrated and instead forgotten about while struggling through rehab? Also, I'm sure these crutches would have been much more appreciated months ago... Maybe Mondraker didn't anticipate him recovering so well in such a short time frame.
  • 4 2
 Mondraker just went and outdone themselves.. Seriously, why would you do that? Right before the Champs.
  • 3 1
 I have to go with pretty much all the comments here: Nice gesture, but 12 months late oops
  • 4 1
 Less than tasteful gift...
  • 2 0
 That’s risky. Anyone who’s spent a long time on crutches doesn’t ever want to see them again.
  • 1 0
 They should have sorted the guy out some plane tickets to get him home earlier after he got out of hospital. Call this adding insult to injury.
  • 2 3
 That’s honestly some heart warming stuff! The collage was awesome, dude was probably holding back some cry’s....awesome to see his return!
  • 2 0
 Is this real life....
  • 1 0
 Mondraker, you messed up bigtime.-
  • 2 2
 Forward geometry crutches. Tall, stiff and supportive?
  • 1 1
 Should have been a custom deck chair that could be used.
  • 2 1
 Pretty fucking COOL!
  • 1 2
 fucking joke

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