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Greg Minnaar (born November 13, 1981 in Pietermaritzburgmarker) is a South African World Champion mountain bike racer competing in downhill cycling. Greg first started to get noticed as a world class downhill racer at the age of 17, in 1999, racing select World Cup (including one in his home country of South Africa, in Stellenboschmarker) on a local shop team, aboard a Kona Stab Dee-Lux bike with a Marzocchi Monster T. fork. The following year, still a junior, he was picked up by British international team Animal Orange, which used Orange frames (222 for downhill and Ms. Isle for dual slalom) and RockShox suspension. That year (2000) Greg podiumed at a World Cup points series race for the first time. The following two years Greg rode for the mighty Global Racing team, aboard similar bikes to the previous years', and on this team, at the age of 19, he won the overall World Cup points series in the Elite downhill. In 2003 Greg switched to the Haro Lee Dungarees team, which used Intense designed and built DHR frames for the dowhill and their own short travel Werx trailbike frames for Four Cross, with Manitou suspension. It was aboard this team that, at the age of 21, Greg became World Champion of downhill. Following this, Greg was offered a spot on the infamous Team G Cross Honda, which used one-off internally geared framesmade by Honda, and Showa suspension. He accepted, and stayed on that team for four years, which included his second World Cup points series overall victory in 2005. After the sudden pulling out of the sport by Honda after the 2007 season, which ended on a bittersweet note with a dislocated and fractured shoulder early in his winning World Championship final run (Greg got back on the bike to salvage a painful 4th place finish), Greg was forced to switch teams yet again. He recently chose the Santa Cruz Syndicate team, alongside riders Steve Peat, Nathan Rennie, and Josh Bryceland for the 2008 season.He competes in the NORBA and Mountain Bike World Cup points series races, in the Elite Downhill and Four Cross events.

Championships

Downhill World Cup

Minnaar has been crowned Downhill World Cup champion three times (2001, 2005, and the recently concluded 2008 series) for winning the Mountain Bike World Cup points series. He was also crowned Downhill World Champion in 2003 for winning the season ending event. He has also done well in the Four Cross event, with one win in the 2003 World Cup points series, in Fort Williammarker, Scotlandmarker, and a fourth place finish at the 2005 World Championships.

In the 2008 World Cup, Minnaar podiumed at every one of the seven events in the series, taking the win at Fort William, Mont-Sainte-Annemarker and Canberramarker. This gave him a comfortable lead going into the finals at Schladmingmarker, Austriamarker, where he placed fifth and clenched his overall lead to take the, well deserved, title.

NORBA

Minnaar has twice (2003, 2004) been crowned the champion of the NORBA points series.

Palmar├Ęs

1998
1st DH, South African National Mountain Biking Championships


1999
1st DH, All African National Mountain Biking Championships


2000
5th DH, UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Vailmarker, USAmarker


2001
1st DH, UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Kaprunmarker, Austriamarker
1st DH, UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Series Overall
3rd DH, UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, Vailmarker, USAmarker


2002
3rd 4X, UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Telluride, USAmarker


2003
1st DH, UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, Luganomarker, Switzerlandmarker
1st NORBA, Series Overall


2004
2nd DH, UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, Les Getsmarker, Francemarker
1st NORBA, Series Overall


2005
1st DH, UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Series Overall
3rd DH, UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, Livignomarker, Italymarker


2006
2nd DH, UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, Rotoruamarker, New Zealandmarker
3rd DH, UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Series Overall


2007
4th DH, UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, Fort Williammarker, Scotlandmarker
:rode half the race with a broken scapular and dislocated shoulder


2008
1st DH, UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Series Overall
:podium every single round


See also

  • Steve Peat, Minnaar's team mate on the Syndicate Team.


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