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  1. Greg Minnaar. The G.O.A.T. 3 World Championship Titles 3 World Cup Overall Titles 21 World Cup Wins 75 World Cup Podiums And counting… When we approached Greg two years ago with the idea of creating a signature tire, he was eager to combine his three decades of racing experience with Maxxis’ unmatched engineering capabilities. Our engineers sent over drawings of some of Greg’s favorite tires: the Minion DHF, DHR II, Shorty, and High Roller. Greg then sketched out his ideal tread pattern, taking bits and pieces he liked from each. As he puts it: My idea was to design a tire around some of Maxxis’ iconic tread patterns. I started in the center by combining the Minion DHF and the Minion DHR II. The reasoning behind this was I felt the surface area of the DHF rolls well and gives you a good footprint on hardpack, greasy turns as well as confidence on wet roots and rocks. The DHR II added faster rolling speed and more aggressive braking.Then I worked on the ‘extra’ tooth to give you more support when leaning the bike over so there’s a consistent feel all the way onto the side knobs. And that leaves me talking about my all-time favourite tire -- the High Roller. Maxxis engineers and I came up with a remodelled High Roller side knob with very similar characteristics to the original. But with the support the extra tooth gives you, you have the ultimate wingman when cutting hard on a flat turn. Finally, I took the height of the knobs from the Shorty. The knobs are well-supported, so the extra height aggressively bites into loam and dry, dusty conditions. Greg Minnaar Such a potent tire deserves a potent name, which is why Greg chose to call his signature tread the Assegai. As a native South African, a name with ties to his home country seems fitting. I wanted something that sounded sharp and aggressive, and that’s how I ended up calling my tire the Assegai! The Assegai is a traditional Zulu warrior spear, the Zulu being the traditional tribe of KwaZulu Natal, the region of South Africa where I was born and raised. Greg Minnaar Specs The Maxxis Assegai is initially available only in a downhill-spec -- naturally. Other features of the Assegai include:27.5 x 2.50 and 29 x 2.50 sizes Wide Trail casing optimized for 30-35mm wide rims Maxxis’ legendary 3C MaxxGrip rubber compound Dual-ply casing with butyl sidewall inserts for stability and durability Tubeless compatibility Folding bead Local availability and pricing to confirmed.
  2. Join the Santa Cruz team on 28 March 2018 (tonight) from 19:30 onwards at Den Anker in Cape Town. Head over to Facebook here to RSVP and find out more about the event. Meet the legend Greg Minnaar and the Santa Cruz guys at the official launch party for the Santa Cruz Blur after its global unveiling last week. You can also chat with Oli Munnik (he rode the Blur at the Absa Cape Epic) about how the bike coped during the world's premium stage race. Den Anker is situated quayside at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and serves a selection of delicious Belgium beers. Check the map below for the location.
  3. The KZN Gravity MTB Commission is delighted to announce a partnership with Greg Minnaar (GM) Cycles for 2018, which will see the Pietermaritzburg-based bicycle shop become the official Title Sponsor for the KZN Gravity Series. The 2018 Greg Minnaar Cycles Gravity Series includes 3 Provincial Cup Series rounds, and a stand-alone KZN Championships event. Furthermore, the partnership includes sponsorship of the third round of the National Cup Series Downhill to be held at Cascades Bike park on the 28th and 29th April in conjunction with the 2nd round of the Regional series. https://www.pinkbike.com/news/greg-minnaar-cycles-official-2018-title-sponsor-for-local-south-african-series.html ----------------- AND ...... There has been an E-Bike class added to the Enduro Discipline ...
  4. This past Saturday was a testing one for friends, family, pets and neighbours. Ordinarily mild-mannered mountain bikers across the country exploded from their sofas, rising into postures of fist-pumping delight, crowing with approval, as Greg Minnaar cemented another victory to the foundation of a legacy which will never be equalled. Greg Minnaar. Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool Minnaar’s riding at the Swiss round of this year’s UCI Downhill World Cup was typical: a masterclass in impeccable risk management and almost imperceptible speed. The great South African’s size (1.93m) creates a definite optical illusion, masking his pace on course. Smaller competitors appear quicker, but when the times are collated, Minnaar is inevitably faster. There is but one man who is Minnaar’s true rival, American Aaron Gwin. Believed to be possibly the fastest downhill racer currently rolling up to the start gate of UCI DH events, Gwin’s the complete antithesis to Minnaar: unpopular, unconcerned with his image and nuggety in proportion to Greg’s tallness. Although both graduated to DH racing from the world of motocross, their styles are hugely different: Minnaar’s graceful, Gwin is brutal. On Saturday, the American appeared to be brutalizing the Lenzerheide track to a victory that would be well clear of Minnaar’s leading time; Gwin was 1.5 seconds ahead with the finish-line in sight, when his rear tyre failed. Spectacularly. Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool. Gwin eventually limped home in 51st place, a flailing Flat Tire Defender foam tube testament to what could have been. In his post-race interview, Minnaar admitted that Gwin’s run was by far the weekend’s quickest, but there’s a tremendous difference between what could have, and should have, been the result. Racing is risk management During Friday’s qualifying, Minnaar managed to destroy the spokes on his rear wheel after misjudging a landing zone, descending onto – instead of clearing - some rocks. During Saturday’s race run, he adjusted his strategy, altered lines and finish fastest. On the same course, Gwin made different line choices, one of which destroyed his rear tyre – and tyre failures are not mechanicals, in DH racing, they are rider errors.If a chain snaps, that’s a retrenched team mechanic. If fork or rear shock fails halfway through a run – that’s one factory suspension technician who’s never going to a UCI DH race ever again. Bar or stem failure? Almost irreparable consumer confidence damage for the brand involved. Tyres are different. The contact patch is every rider’s own to manage, place and manipulate. It’s risk versus reward and unless the entire field flats in a race, tyre failures must be classed as individual rider responsibility. At this time, it would appear that available tyre technology simply isn’t commensurate to the lines choices Aaron Gwin is capable of taking, but understanding the limits of your equipment in the relation to the terrain you are presented with, is racing: because to finish first, you first have to finish. Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool Covet no component. Have no excuses A unique appeal of DH racing is the open formula applied to component choices and bike configuration. Riders can never table the excuse of being denied access to a specific component, gifting unfair advantage to a competitor. The option of changing sponsors or ‘stealthing’ a rival component for own use is always an option. Nor is there a series tyre sponsor, limiting all riders to roll the same rubber.Gwin might be riding his own signature series of tyres, but off-season testing and the 11/10ths reality of his race runs are proving to be two very diverse realities. Amongst the most committed riders regarding his strength training, Gwin has the physiological ability to hold on when others are flailing, pinballing off technical features, and the resolve to take monumental risks. The American is boundlessly spectacular to watch, but there’s a difference between creating a remarkable video segment and winning races. It’s a difference Minnaar understands better. Their contrasting styles and gallant quality of their rivalry, is crafting this 2017 season as being one of the most memorable yet. Greg won’t take full credit for a win where Gwin flatted, but the American would never approve of ‘should-have’ sympathy either. *Stealthing: the act of using a rival component, in possible contravention of your sponsors, and therefore removing all recognisable traces of its graphics and branding Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool Lenzerheide World Cup Downill Highlights:
  5. Marcelo Gutierrez, Jack Moir, Greg Minnaar, Aaron Gwin, and Remi Thirion stand on the podium at UCI DH World Cup in Fort William, Scotland on June 4th, 2017. Photo credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool. It is not so much an internet of things, as an internet of everything. Education. Transaction. Community. Entertainment. Our lives are mostly lived in view of a luminescent screen and despite having the opportunity to access nearly anything about everything, we remain starkly unaware of important things. In mountain biking, that thing is a tall chap from Pietermaritzburg. Greg Minnaar. Where many impossibly talented riders, with years of excruciating dedication, are unable to ever achieve but one UCI downhill racing victory, Greg has 20 and more podiums than South Africa has quality Super Rugby players. His performance at the weekend’s Fort William event, a venue known for its brutality of weather and shattering fatigue features, was stupefying. As the winds gathered and rain pelted, Minnaar rolled onto a course which is steeped in downhill racing legend, at the worst possible time of the afternoon. Four minutes and forty seconds later, he had done the impossible. Of course, for Minnaar, achieving the impossible is always probable. Commencing a run in the vilest of deteriorating track conditions, Minnaar managed to best his closest rival by three seconds – which in Downhill racing, as it is in F1, calculates to a crushing margin of superiority. Greg Minnaar performs at UCI DH World Cup in Fort William, Scotland on June 4th, 2017. Photo credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool. Charming. Affable. Outrageously talented. Minnaar the impeccably presented race winner and champion might be all these things, but his has also been a career dogged by career threatening injuries and immense sacrifice, yet never contaminated by self-pity. The only blight on Minnaar’s incomparable palmarès has been its lack of local recognition. Sure. There would have been a few South African lounges where the local faithful gathered on Sunday, in anticipation, to witness the umpteenth mission impossible of this mountain biking colossus. Those loyal few unquestionably had pets and family members spectacularly entertained with their antics when Minnaar delivered the latest of his almost uncannily regular ‘against-all-odds’ victories. His longevity and strike rate make a mockery of the intensity and risk profile of downhill racing, yet for most South African mountain bikers, Minnaar is just that, a legend in its truest sense: more myth than man. No Santa Cruz pun intended, but for nearly two decades Minnaar has been a nomad, shaping his schedule to the demands of being the world’s best downhill mountain biker, which has meant mere weeks, instead of months, in South Africa each year. Greg Minnaar celebrates at UCI DH World Cup in Fort William, Scotland on June 4th, 2017. Photo credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool. That he retires to his hometown, the capital of KZN, has furthered the myth. Living his limited South African schedule away from the cycling epicentres of Johannesburg and Cape Town, mean encounters with Minnaar have been fleeting for a few, unlikely for most. He is both ghost and greatness, all at the same time. A champion of lesser maturity would have been embittered by the lack of official recognition from South African authorities and the cycling public at large. Yet despite having left South Africa as a teenager, with precious little local support, Minnaar has been one of the very best sports ambassadors South Africa has ever had. Presentable. Untainted. Minnaar has carried an agency of credibility to all things South African cycling in a racing career which has been more global than any other. Greg Minnaar performs at UCI DH World Cup in Fort William, Scotland on June 4th, 2017. Photo credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool. Minnaar remains, almost embarrassingly, the greatest investment South African mountain biking has ever had, without having made any real investment. He is a national treasure. Victories on all three wheel sizes, on bikes with gearboxes… The quality and quantity of his wins are beyond reproach. When Minnaar does officially retire, quantifying the value of what he has done for the image of South African cycling will be incalculable. One does hope, perhaps, for a statue in bronze, nestled in Cascades forest. But if they don’t do that, renaming Pietermaritzburg airport after him would be great, although the greatest mountain biker of all time prefers to do his own flying, piloting a handlebar instead of a yoke. Greg Minnaar’s 7th win at UCI DH World Cup in Fort William, Scotland on June 4th, 2017. Photo caption: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool.
  6. Two weeks ago, one of our own did the unconscionable. After much teasing of bits and pieces on social media, the greatest mountain biker South Africa has – and likely ever will – produce did what many considered impossible. He introduced 29-inch wheels to the discipline most resistant to it. That category of our cycle sport where you need a full-face helmet. Downhill racing remains the truest test of material quality and design survivability in all of cycling. If it works on the impossibly steep, near-apocalyptically technical courses of UCI Downhill World Cup racing, there can be no argument of a trend being mere ‘fashion’. Downhill has remained the last vestige of smaller diameter wheels and an environment forbidden to the 29er. Until now. Of all downhill racing teams who could, it was always most obvious who would. Santa Cruz’s Syndicate has captured the imagination of mountain biking over the last decade and if fans were going to gift anyone the generosity of judgement to debut a 29er downhill rig, it was them. The Bus that Greg built Campaigning the winningest bike in downhill racing history (the ever-evolving V10), the 2017 World Cup opening round in Lourdes, France, saw Greg Minnaar and his teammates on a 29ers. Neutral observers noted it as an inevitability of evolution. A triumph of scientific method and mechanical engineering principles: bigger wheels roll faster, calming trail chaos – and in the category of mountain biking where winning requires wheels to calm outrageously technical trails, 29 downhill bikes were predictable.Component scarcity and frame packaging were the historical issues preventing 29ers on the chairlift. Fox’s appropriately sized dual-crown 29er fork and committed component reengineering from suppliers enabled Greg’s titanic V10. A massive downhill sled with no less than 1300mm between the axles. For Minnaar, the V10 29er is a unicorn of his youth turned to reality. Greg’s career is a staggering palmarès of achievement, but for the first time, after nearly two decades of downhill racing, 2017 is the year he’s riding a bike which finally fits him properly. An unusually tall rider (1.9m), Minnaar has quested after longer, larger bikes for years, forcing Santa Cruz to engineer custom frames to his requirements. Finally, he can now bolt-through wheels which are proportional to his skill and size. Tall downhill riders have yearned for 29er frames, but none had the power of persuasion to influence an industry into supplying the required components and framesets. Minnaar’s power of persuasion is simple: he wins. When he requires something, it’s not for fashion, it’s for function. There is a tremendous clarity of purpose about his limousine wheelbase V10. After the first downhill World Cup of 2017, we do know that these 29er downhill bikes from Santa Cruz are plenty fast. And they’re not only fast when being piloted by someone of Minnaar’s size and leverage strength. His two young teammates, Loris Vergier and Luca Shaw, resemble the physiology of Tour de France climbing specialists, yet they were even quicker than Greg during qualifying. Vergier first, Shaw third and the great man timed through in sixth. Of course, we all know the inclement weather in Lourdes ruined any closure concerning the actual race pace of these 29er downhill bikes, but there were no rim failures in qualifying. Or the race. The worst fail being a flat for Greg during qualifying. What 29 downhill bikes mean for the rest of us? The market for 29er downhill bikes will remain very small. A true example of that marketing phrase we often use without consideration: niche.What these 29-inch downhill bikes will mean for the greater mountain bike community, is quite a bit more significant. Nothing validates product strength and design integrity quite like downhill. If Greg can’t break it, you surely won’t even trouble the warranty department - ever. And whilst Fox 40 forks are hardly going on your next 29er trail bike, the real benefit for tall (and heavy) stage racers and Enduro riders alike, will be immensely improved wheels and tyres. Larger diameter wheels flex more. They have greater susceptibility to buckling. In World Cup downhill racing those characteristics are intolerable. Rim suppliers, and the tyre brands who collaborate with them, are now poised to produce products capable of withstanding a calibre of rider abuse you could never replicate – in the diameter you ride. For those larger riders who compete at South African stage races, courageously training with great intensity but destined to remain 100kg+ riders no matter how diligently they Bant, the promise of 29er rims capable of withstanding Greg at full gas will be tremendously heartening. What Minnaar subjects a wheel to during a weekend of downhill racing, is certainly equal to years of regular use. If you are a former competitive rugby player, with the knee problems to prove it, and have discovered the allure of mountain biking, 29er DH bikes are going to make your trail riding and stage racing experience greatly more enjoyable. How? By providing wheels and tyres which won’t prejudice their performance or longevity due to your size or weight. It’s all courtesy of that great man we never quite sufficiently credit for being so effortlessly calculated, technically astute and ridiculously fast. The greatest of all time. Greg. The boy who was born to race 29ers. And has had to wait a very long time to.
  7. “It’s been such a great time back home catching up with family and friends, but I’m looking forward to get it all going again,” he said. Three-time World MTB Downhill Champion and multiple World Cup medallist Greg Minnaar has kept himself rather busy off the bike during his time at home, but is looking forward to getting going at the first UCI Downhill World Cup in Lourdes, France, on 29 April. Credit: Santa Cruz Syndicate Minnaar has had a great break during the off-season, but has by no means been resting. He said: “It’s been a very busy few weeks. I have been in the process of building a new house, so that has been quite stressful. I’ve also been doing some filming with three various TV crews so that also took up quite a lot of my time – so I’ve been doing a lot.” He has also been busy with the launch of his re-vamped family bike shop in Pietermaritzburg, Greg Minnaar Cycles. “It’s been very exciting seeing it all come together, but also super busy. I guess you could say I’m pretty good as a site manager now,” he laughed. Minnaar has also been pushing hard to develop a new bike. “I’m busy with the prototype now, and really excited to have it all done and revealed really soon,” he added. South African Downhiller Greg Minnaar has been in Portugal for bike testing for a week ahead of the first UCI Downhill World Cup in Lourdes, France, on 29 April. Credit: Santa Cruz Syndicate When chatting about the new Santa Cruz Syndicate Team roster, Minnaar said: “So we have Luca Shaw (USA) and Loris Vergier (France) who have joined us, and it’s all very exciting for the team. We spent a week in Italy bike testing with them, which was the first time that we all got to do some real riding together. They are both great guys and we’re having a good time together already. “Of course it’s going to be different with new team riders, but we are going to try and replicate what we had before as much as we can, because it was a great recipe.” With Team Manager Kathy Sessler and Mechanic Jason Marsh still on board, Minnaar is confident that the two new recruits will add some fresh flare to an already epic concoction. Minnaar has been in Portugal for some bike testing for a week ahead of the first World Cup, and says: “I’m really happy to get to do the testing, it’ll be the time I need to get myself really focused on the downhill bike because I haven’t been spending as much time on it as I could be. But having said that, fitness-wise I’m feeling good, and strong. I don’t have too many seasons left in me, so I have to give it my all.”
  8. Join us for an evening of fun, food and beer as we discuss bikes, adventures and racing. We will have selected Santa Cruz models on display to view, and Gary Perkin and Greg Minnaar on hand to give insight into their experiences with Santa Cruz, and what is in-store for the brand in South Africa. Gary Perkin will be donating a printed and mounted pic which will be auctioned to raise funds for Tokai trail building, and Greg will be on-hand to sign autographs. Click here to view the article
  9. Event schedule:Presentation from 5pm to 5:30pm with Greg, Gary and Andre Q&A with Greg and Gary from 5:30 to 6pm Happy hour from 6pm to 7pm Gary Perkin print up for auction from 7pm (proceeds to go to Tokai) Parking lot wheelie competition when we get kicked out From left: South Africans Greg Minnaar, Gary Perkin and Andre van Aarde at the Santa Cruz headquarters in Santa Cruz California this week. The trio will play key roles in the Rush Sports distribution of Santa Cruz Bicycles in South Africa. Demo Tour: If you want to test ride a Santa Cruz or Juliana bike, check out the dates of the Demo Tour here.
  10. Greg, Josh, and Steve all head to Italy for a ride on the black snake, and a chance at a rainbow jersey. Click here to view the article
  11. The Santa Cruz Syndicate goes transcontinental in 2017 with fresh signings of Luca Shaw from the USA, and Loris Vergier of France. We sent the 20 year old recruits to a week of intensive training under the watchful eyes of Steve Peat and Greg Minnaar—watch the video to see exactly what constituted 'training' here in Santa Cruz! Click here to view the article
  12. Can't see any other thread about this...but I see Greg Min has taken up a position of Director at Rush Sports. Still racing..he reckons he has 3 more years in him..but also looking at expanding his business interests at the same time...Interesting choice greg Min...a.k.a. Crocodile Greg Click here to view the article
  13. Three-time world champion, Greg Minnaar, has joined South African-based cycle industry distribution company, Rush Sports, as a director. Photo credit: Gary Perkin/flipper Minnaar, who begins his 18th professional downhill racing season in 2017, will play an advisory role in the company initially, using his international contacts and experience to help grow the company’s product range and reach. “We are very pleased to have Greg join Rush Sports as a director. While he’s seen largely as a racing legend, he’s accumulated a wealth of product and industry knowledge in his almost two decades of international competition and travel,” said Andre van Aarde, Rush Sports Managing Director. “We have ambitious growth plans for Rush Sports and Greg’s presence and input as a director will be highly valuable to the business. Greg is more than just a talented, committed bike racer, he is constantly in tune with the technology and trends of mountain biking and we believe he will offer a lot in terms of guidance and advice,” added Van Aarde. “I’m excited to join Rush Sports. It’s a company that’s been around for some time but has adapted better than most to the changing business patterns in the bicycle industry, both internationally and in Southern Africa,” said Minnaar. “I intend to be racing for a good few years still and am super motivated for the 2017 season with Santa Cruz Syndicate. But I have reached a point where I feel I need additional goals and the directorship with Rush Sports allows me to focus on new objectives within the industry that I’m so passionate about,” he added. Photo credit: Gary Perkin/flipper. One of the brands that Rush Sports distributes in South Africa, is Maxxis, which has been a sponsor of Minnaar’s since 2003. “We have a very strong relationship with Greg as an athlete. As one of the greatest mountain bike racers of all time, he offers the Maxxis brand the highest level of endorsement. With Greg joining Rush Sports we will be able to expand our relationship from the racing side and into the business side, which is exciting for us as South Africa is a key market for the Maxxis brand,” said Ryan Huang, Maxxis International Sales. “We have been mindful of the changes to the business landscape in the cycling market, particularly over the past 18 months and have always looked for ways to make Rush Sports as current and relevant as possible. With Greg on board as a decision maker, we intend to ensure we continue along that path, but with more international focus, particularly in other developing markets,” added Van Aarde. For more about Rush Sports, visit www.rushsports.co.za. For more about Greg Minnaar, visit www.gregminnaar.com.
  14. Other than being one of the world's greatest downhill racers, Greg Minnaar is also a co-founder of the Crank Chaos mountain bike festival. Like a good host, Greg spent most of the event on his bike ensuring that all the riders were having a great time. Craig Kolesky managed to catch up with Greg in the Lesotho mountains for a closer look at his Santa Cruz V10 CC downhill bike. Click here to view the article
  15. Greg apparently rode this bike at the Lordes World Cup. It suffered some minor damage during that race weekend and, as a result, has been relegated to off-season duty in South Africa. The V10 CC frame is an extra extra large which Greg and Steve Peat have found to be a good fit. The Syndicate team are sponsored by Fox suspension who kit the team out with their top of the range Factory series equipment. Fitted to Greg's bike is a Fox 40 fork and DHX2 coil shock. Greg's mechanic at The Syndicate, Jason Marsh, started the Marsh Guard fender brand a few years ago and the team has been racing with them since. The bike is fitted with Shimano's Saint downhill brakes and drivetrain parts. The modified cassette, however, is from Shimano's road cycling catalogue. The pedals are Crank Brothers Mallet DH while the bash guard is from Gamut. The carbon handlebar is Greg's signature model by ENVE Composites with a Gamut stem. He uses a prototype Chris King Buzzworks headset to offset the steerer and gain an extra few millimeters in the top tube length. The wheelset features a set of Chris King hubs laced to ENVE M90 rims wrapped in Maxxis Minion DHR II tyres. Full specification: FrameSanta Cruz V10cc XXLForkFox 40 FactoryShockFox DHX2 FactoryHeadsetChris King BuzzworksCranksetShimano SaintBottom BracketShimanoRear DerailleurShimano SaintShiftersShimano SaintCassettecustom Shimano road clusterChainringShimano 36TChainShimanoBash guardGamut P20sBrakesShimano Saint with Ice-TechRimsEnve M90HubsChris King DHTyresMaxxis Minion DHR IIStemGamut Cillos Direct MountHandlebarEnve Minnaar DownhillSeatpostEnve carbonSaddleWTB SilveradoPedalsCrank Brothers MalletGripsErgon GA2Mud guardMarsh Guard
  16. The Contego Segment Hunter crew went international with the filming of a special edition during Crank Chaos at Afriski in Lesotho. Watch as Greg Minnaar chases grom Ike Klaassen at 3,200 metres above sea level. Click here to view the article
  17. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky. Riders and exhibitors from across Lesotho and South Africa headed to the northern section of the country to test their skill and equipment on a range of courses. Situated at 3222m of altitude, this 3-day festival was not for the faint-hearted. Proceedings kicked off with a hotly contested cross-country eliminator, which saw Lesotho Olympian Pheteso Monese edging out fellow countryman in the lactic acid inducing 650m sprint. After lunch at Sky restaurant, highest restaurant in Africa at 3010m, riders hit the slopestyle course to dial in their lines ahead of Saturday’s slopestyle final. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky. The day’s main event saw riders effortlessly reach the trail heads with the help of the 1000m long T-Bar giving them 200m of free altitude. Three-time downhill world champion, Greg Minnaar, claimed overall victory, winning stages 1 and 2 but was out pedaled on stage 3 by Olivier Munnik. In the female and junior categories, Nikki Alvin and Kayle Seaward earned themselves the win in their respective categories. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky. XCO Eliminator Results Men: 1st: Pheteso Monese 2nd: Teboho Khantsi 3rd: Tumelo Makae Ladies: 1st: Larise Venter 2nd: Phia Vermeulen 3rd: Danni Coleman Enduro Results: Elite: 1st-: Greg Minnaar 2nd: Christopher Pearton 3rd: Olivier Munnik Female: 1st: Nikki Alvin 2nd: Larise Venter 3rd: Phia van der Meulen Juniors: 1st: Kayle Seaward 2nd: Sharjah Jonson 3rd: Jason Du Toit The weekend was outstanding. A great atmosphere, being able to hang out and socialize with the mountain bike community. Watching guys and ladies drop off the big barrel and it was the first time they had done something like that, they were so stoked. It was cool to see. The racing was fun but as soon as we were done we were back on the trails having a good time. Then everyone got to rip it up at the Halloween party. We had so many stories on the drive back. It was good! Greg Minnaar Day two of Crank Chaos kicked off with a 38km Marathon Race and outride to the escarpment overlooking South Africa 1600m below. In a brave move, Pheteso Monese attacked early and spent the day in a lone breakaway that saw him winning the Marathon.While the marathon riders experienced the beauty of the escarpment, slopestyle Riders were prepping themselves, dialing in their tricks. As the morning progressed, high wind speeds unfortunately forced organizers to cancel the slopestyle event as rider safety would have been comprised. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky. A silver lining emerged as the Trails Crew from Cape Town set to the course, building an epic dirt jump which escaped the wrath of the wind. Riders and spectators alike were entertained by the Crew’s incredible tricks and 360’s. After lunch, riders took to the hill for Crank Chaos’ main event, the Downhill Eliminator. The eliminator pits four riders against each other, with each rider railing down a separate track. In the first round a total eight heats of four riders provided some close racing with all four tracks taking a similar amount of time to complete. By the time the semi-finals arrived, track conditions were perfect and riders were getting to know where and when they could push on the different tracks. In his semi-final, Greg Minnaar was beaten by mere miliimetres by Kayle Seaward in what was arguably the closest battle of the event. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky. The final proved to be a tight battle between two stalwart families of gravity racing in South Africa, the Seawards and Philogenes. Philogene brothers Chris and Jono proved their mettle taking 1st and 3rd respectively while Craig Seaward did his clan proud by taking silver. DH Eliminator Results: Men: 1st: Chris Philogene 2nd: Craig Seaward 3rd: Jonothan Philogene Ladies: 1st: Larise Venter 2nd: Nikki Alvin 3rd: Phia Vermeulen Kids: 1st: Ike Klaasen 2nd: Nate Hall 3rd: Liam Hall Marathon Results Elite: 1st: Phetetso Monese 2nd: Frans Nel 3rd: Tumelo Makae Riders were all dressed up in their outrageous costumes for the Halloween Party at Gondola Café and were entertained by Jasper Dan’s Southern Rock live performance. The inaugural Crank Chaos was a resounding success and riders are planning their involvement at next years’ Crank Chaos event. A big thank you to all exhibitors and sponsors, without them this event would not have been possible. Highligths video: Exhibitors:Santa Cruz Maxxis Banshee Transition Lappierre Yeti Action Gear Sponsors: Bike Hub Dirt Merchant Oakley Redbull Skullcandy Ogio International Bike Trade G-Form Revolution Fit CrankChaos Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/283245545362373/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/resort.afriski/ Website: http://www.crankchaos.com/ Afriski Website: http://www.afriski.net/
  18. The inaugural Crank Chaos Mountain Bike Festival launched over the weekend, with a fantastic turnout under crystal blue Maluti skies at Afriski Mountain Resort, Lesotho. Click here to view the article
  19. Big shout out to Greg minnaar cycles in Pietermaritzburg . We left for Durban on Friday early morning for the amashova . But knowing that I had an issue with my bike as I had changed tyres and my gears would shift of the small chainring when I did quick ride around late Thursday evening . Fiddled with front derallileur but with obviously no success as I didn't really know what I was doing . We decide rather than leave late I would hopefully find a bike shop In Durban when collecting numbers and dropping of bikes. Spoke to hubber in Durban and he had arranged at his local or them to take a look. But we got delayed in leaving and having kids in the car the schedule was becoming tight . So 20 min from Pmb and the kids starving hungry ,we called Greg minnaar cycles and told the quandary we were in can they squeeze me in immediatly ???? Please . Had to drop bike off in durbs & collect race no's still. They said sure bring the bike. Brilliant or at least it was untill they had set the gears and we realized that the derailleur hanger was bent and gears were still not prefect. They never a hanger obviously as my bike is a Cannondale. They were sacred to bend it in case it breaks then I am proper forked. Knowing the gears aren't right I couldn't leave it. So in true lbs service they called around to shops that stock Cannondale and found me a spare hanger in case and pre arranged for me to go and collect it should the worst happen while bending mine straight. They did manage to bend mine straight and sort my gears out perfectly . Whilst completely friendly and interested n my plight. I know this is maybe not a big deal,but they could of brushed me aside and said sorry can't fully booked ( which they were) or sorry that's the best I can get your gears or sorry can bend your hanger but no guarantee and not sure where you can get one. BUT THEY DIDNT. And sorted out a very stressed customer not sure if the amashova was going to be rideable . My kids were also thrilled as Greg minnaar World Cup winning bike was there and they love watching the downhill racing and always shout for minnaar. Hence the silly pics whilst posing. Ok it cost me 2 new kids helmets as they decided this was really cool buying from Greg's shop ????..and they wanted there pics taken with Greg's bike ???????????????? But the charge for the gears and trouble they went to was R150 . Big thanks to the guys at the boom street branch. My next Santa Cruz will be from you guys for sure . SREVICE STILL LIVES IN OUR LBS.
  20. The riders were met with tough conditions and a bone dry, steep course, with deep dust, roots and rocks from top to bottom. The physical nature of the track took its toll on not just the fresh faces, but also the more experienced riders of Downhill. Junior rider Christopher Philogene was happy to get down the challenging track with no injuries at the 2016 UCI MTB World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy, from 6-11 September. Photo: Jos Williams. South African superstar and multi World Cup medallist, Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) finished seventh in his final run, and said: “Worlds was one hell of a race and I just really didn’t have the hand strength towards the end to be able to push it as hard as I needed to, which is just unfortunate.”The three-time World Champion has been bike testing in Val di Sole to get ready ahead of next season. “All-in-all, I’m happy to leave there in one piece,” he said. South African Elite Men’s Champion, Stefan Garlicki finished 57th with a time of 4:07, and Johann Potgieter, 72nd with a time of 4:22, despite two crashes during his race. “Worlds is always a highlight for me in the year and hanging with the South African Team is such a good vibe,” said Potgieter. When chatting about the course, he said: “Val di Sole is always a track where I feel like I can go fast. I feel confident on the rough terrain and I’m not afraid of the track or anything. A full run is really tough, though.” He mentioned that no tracks in South Africa could prepare the riders for the beating that their arms take on a track like Val di Sole. “We need to train on tracks like those overseas, but its hard with the South African Passports as we are only allowed 90 days in six months, which is mostly taken up by the races, he said. Potgieter had an unfortunate run-in with a red flag due to a rider crashing ahead of him, three quarters of the way down his race run, which meant for him a re-run. “It was basically like running an 800m race and then after 600m someone stops you. So after giving it your all, you have to do it again,” he said. All in all, Potgieter said that he was happy to get away injury-free. He commended the work of the team manager and mechanic, having done a great job. “I’ve been racing overseas since 2004, and that was probably the toughest track I’ve ever raced on. Hats off to the juniors who raced, and thank you to Cycling South Africa for the support,” he concluded. Lapierre’s Christopher Philogene enjoyed his race, but also commented on the physical toll taken on his upper body: “It was pretty hard to put a full run together, but I just tried to get down as smoothly as possible. It was hard on the arms and hands.” Philogene finished in 40th place in the Junior race. “It wasn’t the best result for me, but I was just happy that I had made it down without crashing or making any stupid mistakes, which was very easy to do on a track like this. The mechanic and manager helped out a lot, and it was a really good time,” he said. His brother, Johnathan, was looking slick and confident on the track, until a crash on his timed run, which later resulted in the decision and recommendation by management and medical professionals for him not to race due to a minor head injury. Cullen McMaster said: “The race went well. I put down a safe run and got to the bottom in one piece.” McMaster also mentioned that the Val di Sole track was the toughest he’d ever ridden, and was tough on his hands. “Otherwise the weekend was awesome, the World Champs vibe was so cool, a once in a life time experience,” he concluded. Team Manager, Sam Bull, described the track as one of the “gnarliest” he had seen. “It was the roughest, and certainly the most physically demanding,” he added. On the track, Bull said: “The guys weren’t able to push as hard as they needed to, but they weren’t alone. They had to ride a lot tighter than they had wanted to because they couldn’t manage the speeds that they wanted to ride.” Bull enjoyed the experience and said that the World Championships was awesome to watch, packed with action. “We were busy flat out with bike issues and one or two injuries, but a really great time was had,” he said. To see the full set of results from the 2016 UCI World Downhill MTB Championships, see below: Junior Men: http://www.valdisolebikeland.com/_files/f_media/2016/09/1217.pdf Elite Men: http://www.valdisolebikeland.com/_files/f_media/2016/09/1219.pdf
  21. The 2016 UCI MTB World Downhill Championships took place in Val di Sole, Italy at the weekend, and Team SA described the course as one of the most challenging that they have faced yet. Click here to view the article
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