PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa - On September 1st 2013, Greg Minnaar achieved his dream of winning the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in his hometown of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Greg's victory marks his third World Championship gold, and the fourth World Championship title for the Santa Cruz Syndicate team.
"I’m over the moon to win this race!" says Greg. "Ever since Pietermartizburg was announced as the Worlds venue back in 2011, there was a lot of pressure on me to win here and I did my best to handle it.
"We set out with a solid strategy and stuck to it; from the training and racing program, through to the bike design, set-up and kit selection."
He adds: "The fans were unreal and when I got towards the bottom I could hear the cheering and I dug as deep as I possibly could. After Stevie crashed, and Gee’s splits were slower I knew I'd won. Peaty was the first to congratulate me and then the OneLife crew took over from there. I can’t thank everyone enough for all the help and support; from family and friends, to Rob from Santa Cruz, my Syndicate family, and all the Syndicate sponsors that helped us win this together.”
"Greg's shown amazing mental strength in the build up to this race" said Rob Roskopp, Santa Cruz Syndicate team owner.
"Even going back to the season opener at Sea Otter, Greg stuck with his V10 while others experimented with different bike designs and wheel sizes. He knew what he needed to win the Worlds and stuck with it from day one. To stay so focused on one objective for so long is incredible. He deserves everything he's achieved."
Greg races a carbon fiber Santa Cruz V10; the exact same production model available to the public. His Worlds bike will be on show at Interbike in Las Vegas, then go on
permanent display at the Santa Cruz showroom in California, alongside our 3 other World Championship winning V10s from 2008, 2009 and 2012.
Just prior to the event, Gary Perkin released "OneLife", the most intimate look at Greg's career to date. The film charts his build-up to the World Champs. Meanwhile, John
Lawlor's Syndicate Worlds video concludes the story.
Greg and Syndicate team mates Steve Peat and Josh Bryceland are now looking ahead to the final two rounds of the MTB World Cup, held in Norway and Austria later in
the month. You can stay abreast of their progress on: www.santacruzbicycles.com
GOLD GREG MINNAAR (RSA) SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE 3:58.058
SILVER Mick Hannah (AUS) 3:58.454
BRONZE Jared Graves (AUS) 4:01.391
15th STEVE PEAT (GBR) SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE 4:07.262
19th JOSH BRYCELAND (GBR) SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE 4:11.100
Photos: Gary Perkin
Source: Santa Cruz Syndicate Press Release