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Prizm Lens Technology with Greg Minnaar


A three-time mountain bike downhill champion, Greg Minnaar has built a career on assessing and reacting to every detail that comes his way. When he misses a detail, the South African can't perform at the highest level. Whether it's a root on the trail or the suspension on his bike, the tiniest details can have the greatest outcome.

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Prizm Lens Technology with Greg Minnaar


A three-time mountain bike downhill champion, Greg Minnaar has built a career on assessing and reacting to every detail that comes his way. When he misses a detail, the South African can't perform at the highest level. Whether it's a root on the trail or the suspension on his bike, the tiniest details can have the greatest outcome.

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2016 DH World Cup No.3 - Ft. William


On the heels of a less-than-memorable start to the season, Greg Minnaar roared back on Sunday, putting 3.5 seconds between himself and the closest competitor to take the win at Ft. William for the sixth time, and bringing his total number of World Cup wins to 19. The dry, dusty track led to some squirrely lines and big crashes as riders pushed themselves and their equipment to the limit.

 

2016 DH World Cup No.3 - Ft. William


On the heels of a less-than-memorable start to the season, Greg Minnaar roared back on Sunday, putting 3.5 seconds between himself and the closest competitor to take the win at Ft. William for the sixth time, and bringing his total number of World Cup wins to 19. The dry, dusty track led to some squirrely lines and big crashes as riders pushed themselves and their equipment to the limit.

 

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Greg's Epic - A Tallboy Tale


South African mountain biking legend, Greg Minnaar, meets legendary South African mountain bike stage race, the Absa Cape Epic. Filmed live during the 2016 event, Greg’s Epic is a tall tale of what the Tallboy can do in the hands of a deviant. Soundtrack provided by West African group, Songhoy Blues. Source: Santa Cruz Syndicate

Greg's Epic - A Tallboy Tale


South African mountain biking legend, Greg Minnaar, meets legendary South African mountain bike stage race, the Absa Cape Epic. Filmed live during the 2016 event, Greg’s Epic is a tall tale of what the Tallboy can do in the hands of a deviant. Soundtrack provided by West African group, Songhoy Blues. Source: Santa Cruz Syndicate

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2016 DH World Cup No.2 - Cairns


Cairns, Australia - After a week under misty skies and threatening clouds, the weather held and the World Cup in Cairns went off without turning into 2014's mudfest. The long, varied track tested all the riders, and deep local knowledge definitely lent an edge to the strong Aussie contingent, intent on good results in front of their hometown crowd. After both crashed in qualifying, Josh and Greg kept it upright throughout their race runs. Video: Santa Cruz Syndicate

2016 DH World Cup No.2 - Cairns


Cairns, Australia - After a week under misty skies and threatening clouds, the weather held and the World Cup in Cairns went off without turning into 2014's mudfest. The long, varied track tested all the riders, and deep local knowledge definitely lent an edge to the strong Aussie contingent, intent on good results in front of their hometown crowd. After both crashed in qualifying, Josh and Greg kept it upright throughout their race runs. Video: Santa Cruz Syndicate

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2016 DH World Cup No.1 - Lourdes


Lourdes, France - The first World Cup of 2016 is in the books and Lourdes is quickly establishing itself as a first class venue with a rough, challenging track.  Conditions were wet all week, but the sun was shining on Sunday’s finals. With spectators lining the course, the hills were alive with the sounds of chain saws, bells, and horns, and could be heard miles away. The Syndicate fellows stayed more or less upright in the slop, and are tuned up for the next stop in Cairns. THE SYNDICATE series rolls on for 2016—check out the first episode below. Video: Santa Cruz Syndicate

2016 DH World Cup No.1 - Lourdes


Lourdes, France - The first World Cup of 2016 is in the books and Lourdes is quickly establishing itself as a first class venue with a rough, challenging track.  Conditions were wet all week, but the sun was shining on Sunday’s finals. With spectators lining the course, the hills were alive with the sounds of chain saws, bells, and horns, and could be heard miles away. The Syndicate fellows stayed more or less upright in the slop, and are tuned up for the next stop in Cairns. THE SYNDICATE series rolls on for 2016—check out the first episode below. Video: Santa Cruz Syndicate

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2015 DH World Champs - Andorra


After a week of rain in the Pyrenees, the track at Vallnord, Andorra was relatively dry, fast, and as technical as ever. Both Greg and Josh laid down super-fast runs, but it all finally came together for Loic Bruni, and he came down just over two seconds faster, which netted Greg the silver and Josh bronze. Watch this week's episode to see how it all came together for The Syndicate.

2015 DH World Champs - Andorra


After a week of rain in the Pyrenees, the track at Vallnord, Andorra was relatively dry, fast, and as technical as ever. Both Greg and Josh laid down super-fast runs, but it all finally came together for Loic Bruni, and he came down just over two seconds faster, which netted Greg the silver and Josh bronze. Watch this week's episode to see how it all came together for The Syndicate.

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2015 DH World Cup No.7 - Val di Sole


The final World Cup race of the year capped a very successful year for the Syndicate riders! Greg finished 4th overall and Josh 5th. Despite early-season injuries for both, consistent, solid results (including 3 wins out of 7 races) kept them both on the series podium for 2015. Only the Syndicate and Aaron Gwin won World Cup races this year, and Gwin took the title after Greg crashed trying to grab a win in Val di Sole.

2015 DH World Cup No.7 - Val di Sole


The final World Cup race of the year capped a very successful year for the Syndicate riders! Greg finished 4th overall and Josh 5th. Despite early-season injuries for both, consistent, solid results (including 3 wins out of 7 races) kept them both on the series podium for 2015. Only the Syndicate and Aaron Gwin won World Cup races this year, and Gwin took the title after Greg crashed trying to grab a win in Val di Sole.

 
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2015 DH World Cup No.6 - Windham


After last weekend's win in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Josh Bryceland and Greg Minnaar were looking to turn back-to-back World Cup weekends into a North American double for the Syndicate.
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2015 DH World Cup No.6 - Windham


After last weekend's win in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Josh Bryceland and Greg Minnaar were looking to turn back-to-back World Cup weekends into a North American double for the Syndicate.
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Both looked strong in qualifying with Greg finishing 4th, and Josh 6th. In the finals, Greg laid down a smooth, clean, and fast run that put him in the hot seat. It looked like he might stay there until Aaron Gwin came flying down the mountain, taking the home win for the USA. Greg's result moves him into second place in the series, 135 points behind Gwin, and within striking distance for the World Cup, which finishes in Val di Sole, Italy in two weeks.

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2015 DH World Cup No.5 - Mont-Sainte-Anne


Minnaar finished just behind Brosnan for fourth place, which nets him some valuable World Cup points. Greg's sitting in third overall, just 70 points behind Aaron Gwin, heading in to next week's race in Windham, followed by Val Di Sole to close out the season.
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Minnaar finished just behind Brosnan for fourth place, which nets him some valuable World Cup points. Greg's sitting in third overall, just 70 points behind Aaron Gwin, heading in to next week's race in Windham, followed by Val Di Sole to close out the season.
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2015 DH World Cup No.4 - Lenzerheide


Lenzerheide, switzerland - The World Cup’s first trip to Lenzerheide, Switzerland was a smashing success. Making it look easy on the Steve Peat-designed track, Greg Minnaar stepped to the top of the box once again, taking his record-setting 18th World Cup win! Greg’s won two of the four World Cups so far this season, and sits in third overall, just 12 points behind Loic Bruni.

2015 DH World Cup No.4 - Lenzerheide


Lenzerheide, switzerland - The World Cup’s first trip to Lenzerheide, Switzerland was a smashing success. Making it look easy on the Steve Peat-designed track, Greg Minnaar stepped to the top of the box once again, taking his record-setting 18th World Cup win! Greg’s won two of the four World Cups so far this season, and sits in third overall, just 12 points behind Loic Bruni.

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2015 DH World Cup No.3 - Leogang


Leogang, Austria - Greg and Josh charged hard in Leogang, and were right on pace with each other all week. On race day, Greg was looking to win back-to-back World Cups, and Josh was hunting for a return to form following his crash at Ft. William. After qualifying 5th and 6th, they attacked the course one after the other, both taking places on the hot seat behind Troy Brosnan.

2015 DH World Cup No.3 - Leogang


Leogang, Austria - Greg and Josh charged hard in Leogang, and were right on pace with each other all week. On race day, Greg was looking to win back-to-back World Cups, and Josh was hunting for a return to form following his crash at Ft. William. After qualifying 5th and 6th, they attacked the course one after the other, both taking places on the hot seat behind Troy Brosnan.

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2015 DH World Cup No.2 - Fort William


Fort William, Great Britain - Greg Minnaar waged and won an epic battle against tough competitors and Mother Nature at Fort William, Scotland at the second round of the DH World Cup. Days of rain made the course a muddy mess leading up to the race, and the organisers called off practice and qualifiers on Saturday, and ran everything on Sunday.

2015 DH World Cup No.2 - Fort William


Fort William, Great Britain - Greg Minnaar waged and won an epic battle against tough competitors and Mother Nature at Fort William, Scotland at the second round of the DH World Cup. Days of rain made the course a muddy mess leading up to the race, and the organisers called off practice and qualifiers on Saturday, and ran everything on Sunday.

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2015 DH World Cup No.1 - Lourdes


Lourdes, France - Lourdes on race day was sunny and warm, and fans came out in droves to watch the first World Cup! The course was classic French DH... steep, technical, and scary fast. Line choice became a nightmare as the tough track became increasingly blown out during the weekend. Simply making it down without a crash, mechanical or puncture became most riders' objective! Video: Santa Cruz Syndicate

2015 DH World Cup No.1 - Lourdes


Lourdes, France - Lourdes on race day was sunny and warm, and fans came out in droves to watch the first World Cup! The course was classic French DH... steep, technical, and scary fast. Line choice became a nightmare as the tough track became increasingly blown out during the weekend. Simply making it down without a crash, mechanical or puncture became most riders' objective! Video: Santa Cruz Syndicate

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2014 DH World Cup No.4 - Leogang


LEOGANG, AUSTRIA - Its been coming for some time now and Josh “Ratboy” Bryceland hit his stride today in Leogang, Austria, to take his first ever World Cup downhill win! He put his stamp on the time of second place teammate Greg Minnaar with a 1.27 margin on this blazing fast course. Steve Peat placed 31st, which keeps all three Syndicate riders protected in the top twenty overall. Josh moves up into 3rd overall in the series, Greg moves up to 6th and Steve 18th. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

2014 DH World Cup No.4 - Leogang


LEOGANG, AUSTRIA - Its been coming for some time now and Josh “Ratboy” Bryceland hit his stride today in Leogang, Austria, to take his first ever World Cup downhill win! He put his stamp on the time of second place teammate Greg Minnaar with a 1.27 margin on this blazing fast course. Steve Peat placed 31st, which keeps all three Syndicate riders protected in the top twenty overall. Josh moves up into 3rd overall in the series, Greg moves up to 6th and Steve 18th. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

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2014 DH World Cup No.3 - Fort William


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. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

2014 DH World Cup No.3 - Fort William


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. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

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2014 DH World Cup No.2 - Australia


CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - Josh Bryceland tamed the wet and wild downhill track through the rainforest jungle to take second place at the second stop on the UCI World Cup Downhill circuit in Cairns, Australia. Steve Peat overcame back pain that he was dealing with after the long plane ride to Australia and had a solid 7th place run. Greg Minnaar had a messy run and slid off the course through the tape. Unfortunately he didn’t re-enter the track between the poles and what was a 10th place run soon turned into a disqualification. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

2014 DH World Cup No.2 - Australia


CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - Josh Bryceland tamed the wet and wild downhill track through the rainforest jungle to take second place at the second stop on the UCI World Cup Downhill circuit in Cairns, Australia. Steve Peat overcame back pain that he was dealing with after the long plane ride to Australia and had a solid 7th place run. Greg Minnaar had a messy run and slid off the course through the tape. Unfortunately he didn’t re-enter the track between the poles and what was a 10th place run soon turned into a disqualification. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

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2014 DH World Cup No.1 - South Africa


PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa - The UCI World Cup Downhill Series kicked off in the southern hemisphere in Greg Minnaar’s backyard in Pietermaritzburg. Minnaar had only been on a downhill bike for five weeks since recovering from ACL reconstruction and meniscus surgery last October. He didn’t have any idea where his fitness would be leading into the race, but after a timed run, which was four seconds faster than the others, his curiosity about his chances turned to confidence. Josh and Steve were feeling strong, having just come off good performances at the first BDS round. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

2014 DH World Cup No.1 - South Africa


PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa - The UCI World Cup Downhill Series kicked off in the southern hemisphere in Greg Minnaar’s backyard in Pietermaritzburg. Minnaar had only been on a downhill bike for five weeks since recovering from ACL reconstruction and meniscus surgery last October. He didn’t have any idea where his fitness would be leading into the race, but after a timed run, which was four seconds faster than the others, his curiosity about his chances turned to confidence. Josh and Steve were feeling strong, having just come off good performances at the first BDS round. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

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2013 Santa Cruz Minnaar V10 Replica


SANTA CRUZ, USA - On September 1st 2013, Greg Minnaar won a third World Championship title, on a stock Santa Cruz V10 downhill frame in front of his home crowd in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. To celebrate his back-to-back gold medals, Santa Cruz created a limited edition Minnaar V10 Replica, of which only 25 will be made, 23 of which will be planted at select locations around the World.

2013 Santa Cruz Minnaar V10 Replica


SANTA CRUZ, USA - On September 1st 2013, Greg Minnaar won a third World Championship title, on a stock Santa Cruz V10 downhill frame in front of his home crowd in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. To celebrate his back-to-back gold medals, Santa Cruz created a limited edition Minnaar V10 Replica, of which only 25 will be made, 23 of which will be planted at select locations around the World.

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Video: ENVE Minnaarbar drop test


OGDEN [Utah], USA - This impact test illustrates the strength of the new signature edition ENVE DH Minnaarbar. Impact is totally rigid with 16lb. weights affixed to both ends of the bar. Minnaarbar is 808mm wide, 245 grams, and was the same bar Greg Minnaar rode to his second World Championship victory.

Video: ENVE Minnaarbar drop test


OGDEN [Utah], USA - This impact test illustrates the strength of the new signature edition ENVE DH Minnaarbar. Impact is totally rigid with 16lb. weights affixed to both ends of the bar. Minnaarbar is 808mm wide, 245 grams, and was the same bar Greg Minnaar rode to his second World Championship victory.

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2013 DH World Cup - Leogang


LEOGANG, Austria - Early in the week, Greg suffered a knee injury in practice that kept him off the hill for the remainder of the week. “I was really disappointed to injure my knee and miss the last race. Luckily I came into the race third overall in the World Cup standings and stayed there. I joined my crew to root for my teammates and watching the race was really exciting." The season ends on a high note overall with Greg being the World Champion and 3rd overall in the World Cup, and Steve and Josh’s riding and results being the best so far this year. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

2013 DH World Cup - Leogang


LEOGANG, Austria - Early in the week, Greg suffered a knee injury in practice that kept him off the hill for the remainder of the week. “I was really disappointed to injure my knee and miss the last race. Luckily I came into the race third overall in the World Cup standings and stayed there. I joined my crew to root for my teammates and watching the race was really exciting." The season ends on a high note overall with Greg being the World Champion and 3rd overall in the World Cup, and Steve and Josh’s riding and results being the best so far this year. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

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2013 DH World Cup - Hafjell


HAFJELL, Norway - What a wet and wild World Cup race we had in Hafjell, Norway as the conditions were changing dramatically for the race with intermittent rain and high winds. Greg Minnaar showed just what a consistent rider he is with a 5th place podium spot and Steve Peat was just behind him in 6th! Josh Bryceland held steady for a 14th place run in the fast, rocky wet track. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

2013 DH World Cup - Hafjell


HAFJELL, Norway - What a wet and wild World Cup race we had in Hafjell, Norway as the conditions were changing dramatically for the race with intermittent rain and high winds. Greg Minnaar showed just what a consistent rider he is with a 5th place podium spot and Steve Peat was just behind him in 6th! Josh Bryceland held steady for a 14th place run in the fast, rocky wet track. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

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2013 DH World Champs - Pietermaritzburg


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. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

2013 DH World Champs - Pietermaritzburg


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. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

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Video: OneLife


Who is Greg Minnaar? What are his roots? Why is Pietermaritzburg so pivotal in his success? And what is OneLife? We'll attempt to answer these and other questions about the two-time Downhill World Champion and three-time World Cup Champion with this OneLife short. Filmed over the course of 10 months when travel and plans permitted, from when Greg won the 2012 Downhill World Championships in Leogang, Austria, until the eve of the 2013 World Championships in his hometown of Pietermaritzburg.

Video: OneLife


Who is Greg Minnaar? What are his roots? Why is Pietermaritzburg so pivotal in his success? And what is OneLife? We'll attempt to answer these and other questions about the two-time Downhill World Champion and three-time World Cup Champion with this OneLife short. Filmed over the course of 10 months when travel and plans permitted, from when Greg won the 2012 Downhill World Championships in Leogang, Austria, until the eve of the 2013 World Championships in his hometown of Pietermaritzburg.

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2013 DH World Cup - Vallnord


VALLNORD, Andorra - The Santa Cruz Syndicate rolled into Andorra ready and raring to get back into World Cup racing after the five-week break between rounds. All eyes were on Minnaar once again. Could he bring it home for Syndicate? Having seen the carnage that went before it was understandable that Greg planned to keep things well under control. In his usual deceptively clean style, Greg put in a tidy run... but on this occasion he just missed the podium by .073 and he placed 6th. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

2013 DH World Cup - Vallnord


VALLNORD, Andorra - The Santa Cruz Syndicate rolled into Andorra ready and raring to get back into World Cup racing after the five-week break between rounds. All eyes were on Minnaar once again. Could he bring it home for Syndicate? Having seen the carnage that went before it was understandable that Greg planned to keep things well under control. In his usual deceptively clean style, Greg put in a tidy run... but on this occasion he just missed the podium by .073 and he placed 6th. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

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2013 Catalan Cup DH


VALLNORD, Andorra - The Santa Cruz Syndicate riders were stoked to attend the Catalan Cup DH race held on the new World Cup downhill track in Andorra. Greg Minnaar took the win by just .10 over Antonio Ferreiro. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

2013 Catalan Cup DH


VALLNORD, Andorra - The Santa Cruz Syndicate riders were stoked to attend the Catalan Cup DH race held on the new World Cup downhill track in Andorra. Greg Minnaar took the win by just .10 over Antonio Ferreiro. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

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Past and present


A look at Greg Minnaar's memorable moments over the past few years with Santa Cruz Syndicate, proudly captured by Kathy Sessler, Santa Cruz Syndicate Manager. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate

Past and present


A look at Greg Minnaar's memorable moments over the past few years with Santa Cruz Syndicate, proudly captured by Kathy Sessler, Santa Cruz Syndicate Manager. All photos courtesy Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate