FORT WILLIAM, SCOTLAND - It was another classic Ft. William downhill World Cup with thousands upon thousands of enthusiastic fans (and midges) out in full force! This race was significant for Greg Minnaar as it marked his 100th World Cup downhill career start. Steve Peat’s 40th birthday is just around the corner so special helmets were painted, sword presentations were made and pit celebrations were had to mark these significant achievements in their careers.
The downhill final was an exciting mix of new and old talent on the podium, which stirred the overall points up. The Syndicate boys had solid results with Greg in 7th, Josh 13th and Steve 28th. While not the target they had hoped for, they were happy to improve on their qualification runs that were marred with punctures.
In the final Josh hit the track and rode the top well and was up at the first two splits by almost two seconds. He hit a big headwind in the last sector that knocked him back about 3 seconds. He said, “I felt I had a top run going, but that headwind was rough.”
After a 12th place qualifier Greg came down early and was in the hotseat with a time of 4:41.89. Six riders came down and successively took about a second out of each other which made a climatic finish with Troy Brosnan taking his first world cup win with a 4:36.58. Greg says, “I felt I was riding well up top and had a bit of a pedal in the woods. I’m happy with my progress with my knee so while I was hoping for a podium here I’m still pleased that my recovery has been strong.”
Steve and Josh got knocked back a few rungs in the overall standings with Josh in 6th overall and Steve in 17th. Greg jumped up a few positions to 8th overall. With the World Cup in Leogang next weekend they are hoping to improve their positions and with Greg’s history there he is really hungry for a podium.
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Santa Cruz Syndicate press release. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate