Top Kiwi downhiller injured

World Cup rider Sheryl Macleod breaks neck

New Zealand downhiller Sheryl MacLeod has broken her back

Top female downhiller Sheryl Macleod has broken her neck and dislocated two vertebrae while riding her local tracks in Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand.


Macleod was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital after the crash and then flown to Christchurch for surgery to fuse her vertebrae back in place. 

Her partner, Warren Black, said in the Otago Daily Times: “Sheryl slid on the log drop, moved sideways and landed awkwardly.”


Sheryl, who rides for Giant, had a great season in 2009, with podium results against some of the fastest women in the world at the Crankworx festival in Whistler, Canada, and a sixth place finish at the UCI World Cup in Canberra in August.