MacDonald celebrated his first World Cup on his new Trek World Racing team with a superb display to finish one second behind winner and 2010 World Champion Gee Atherton at Fort William in the Nevis range.
“I’m so happy. This is my best result at Fort William and only my fifth career podium so far. To do this at my first World Cup for my new team is very special, couldn’t be happier,” MacDonald said.
Wanganui’s Blenkinsop (Lapierre International) was also in top form, placing fourth. Cameron Cole was 16th for his new team, Yeti Fox Shox, while George Brannigan (Trek World Racing), was 31st in his first major test after coming back from knee surgery.
Eight New Zealand men qualified for the top 80 for finals day, while Queenstown’s Alanna Columb was 19th in the women’s final.
The riders move to Italy for the first combined World Cup, with both cross country and downhill this weekend at Val di Sole.