Damian McDonald

Damian McDonald (12 May 1972 – 23 March 2007) was an Australian road bicycle racer, who was born in Wangaratta. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder. McDonald died on 23 March 2007. He was one of three men killed in a collision and explosion in the Burnley Tunnel in Melbourne, Victoria.[1]

Damian McDonald
Personal information
Full nameDamian McDonald
Born(1972-05-12)12 May 1972
Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia
Died23 March 2007(2007-03-23) (aged 34)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Team information
DisciplineRoad & Track
Amateur team(s)
Blackburn Cycling Club
Professional team(s)


In 1990, McDonald won the Australian national road race title, beating Eddy Salas, who is also a successful road bicycle racer.[2]

In 1992 he was a reserve for four-man pursuit team at the Barcelona Olympics, barely missing out on a medal when the team won silver, losing to Germany. In the same year McDonald was also inducted as a life member of the Blackburn Cycling Club. He won a gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games[3] as part of the road time trial team with Henk Vogels, Phil Anderson and Brett Dennis. He also won gold at the inaugural Malaysian Tour de Langkawi in 1996, and also represented Australia at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.


He was married to Bree McDonald, the manager of the Melbourne Vixens netball side. They have a son.


  1. ^ Leo Shanahan: Family mourn loss of champion, The Age, 25 March 2007.
  2. ^ "Damian McDonald". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  3. ^ 1994 Australian Medallists Archived 28 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Commonwealth Games.

External linksEdit