10 for 10 - #7 Greg Minnaar

Apr 4, 2015
by Nathan Hughes  
10 for 10 interview series


Age: 33
Nationality: South Africa
2014 rank: 7th
Experience: 14 years elite
Current Team: Santa Cruz Syndicate

104 World Cup races and as many wins as he's had hot dinners, it's hard to imagine how Greg Minnaar finds the space for home cooking among what is presumably a sea of overflowing trophy cabinets and infuriating tangles of medal ribbons. Described by Steve Peat as a 'great friend and a fast b*stard' and by your average man in the street as a 'very tall guy in Oakleys with a South African accent', to the young bike racer Minnaar is undoubtedly nothing short of an inspiration and the ultimate role model. Dipping outside the top ten by just one place for the stop in America and once more through an Aussie disqualification you can count on seeing the legendary 3 time World Champ ride into battle for yet another season of cut-throat top-step contention. Time to check in with the living legend to find out more...

Greg Minnaar was looking plenty comfortable on his new steed today. He looked smoothest in the middle sections of the track. He was fourth fastest in timed training today.

PB: 1: Where and how have you been spending your off-season?

bigquotes I've spent most of my off season at home in South Africa. After 4 years of off-season injury it's been great to get out lots on my MX bike and have a good few sessions down in the surf. I've been pretty busy so my days have been super regimented, but I feel it's been one of my most balanced off seasons - Greg

PB: 2. What was the highlight of your 2014 season and why was it so significant to you?

bigquotesI didn't have much to write home about in 2014, the only decent result I had was second in Leogang - Greg

Down to the nitty gritty in the woods today and Greg spent a fair portion of his afternoon solving the many technical puzzles in the depths of the woods.

PB: 3. Was there a moment or period you considered to be your season ‘low’ and for what reason?

bigquotesWindham, that was rock bottom for me. When you think you're riding okay, but your result is way off. That's pretty heart breaking haha... I have no idea what it is about that place, but we don't see eye to eye - Greg

PB: 4. Are there changes you are looking to make to your approach mentally or physically for 2015?

bigquotesI haven't made too many changes, but the changes I have made have been in my training. It's been so long I haven't been injured through the off-season, so it's been awesome to focus on training and not recovering - Greg

When you ve been racing this long people will try to tell you you ve had your time...you re done. Well Greg will tell em something else.

PB: 5. How have you split your time between ‘on’ and ‘off’ the big bike training?

bigquotesVery unevenly... I've been running a lot this year, it's been super good for my knee, building up all the muscles around it. This year has all been about quality, not quantity. But with the season about to kick off, my V10 is going to get a lot of attention now - Greg

PB: 6. When inspiration has run low lately, to whom or what have you turned to kick your motivation levels up a gear?

bigquotesRacing inspires me, I kick my own ass - Greg

Always a threat regardless of track or weather conditions don t count Greg Minnaar out. Ever.

PB: 7. What bit of kit are you looking forward to using most at the races?

bigquotesThe whole package, I have a new Kabuto Helmet, Oneal gear, Oakley goggles, 5.10 shoes all on a new XXL Santa Cruz V10... I'm excited to be using it all - Greg

PB: 8. Which rider do you see as the biggest threat to the 2015 title?

bigquotesThere's the Rat, Gee, Hill and Gwin... And a bunch of Wild Cards - Greg

Greg Minnaar still getting used to his new bike but ranking in the top ten qualifying.

PB: 9. Which race or single moment of the coming season are you most excited for?

bigquotesThe first World Cup in Lourdes - Greg

PB:10. Complete the sentence: ‘I won’t be racing a single World Cup without....'

bigquotesMarshy & Kathy... This is a combination of two individuals that makes racing and being on the road, a hell of a lot easier... and more fun. I can't thank these two enough for all they do for me - Greg

Greg Minnaar looking back into the past of the 100 World Cup s he s competed in with Ratboy following the pace.

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  • 82 1
 Minnaar is one of the smoothest riders out there..He had an " OFF" season last year and still finished in the top 10..
  • 34 0
 If I remember right he also got dq'd for one race too, which would destroy any normal riders hope of reaching top 20 haha
  • 1 31
flag WillCoates (Apr 4, 2015 at 2:39) (Below Threshold)
 he was 12th overall last year...
  • 23 0
 Read: 7th
  • 31 0
 ctd07 he did get a dq last year and it was total bulls#it.
  • 5 1
 World ranking is different than overall.
  • 5 0
 he will become the next peaty, 40 and smashing
  • 35 1
 XXL V10 and 808mm bars. He really is a lanky streak.
  • 11 1
 Yeah, does anyone have any idea how tall this dude really is? Or is he just a fan of synthesized music?
  • 13 2
 I think he is 6'3"
  • 7 1
 I didn't know they made an XXL V10?
  • 10 2
 Its not available to buy...yet. Sounds like its just a matter of time if the moulds are ready. At 6'5" i'd seriously consider buying one.
  • 8 15
flag peanutbuter (Apr 4, 2015 at 6:31) (Below Threshold)
 the old v10 was rubbish long chainstay short front end it was shit that's y they made the buzz works headset and they used 60mm stems the new bike has a much longer front centre and reach therefore you feel much more centred and controlled
  • 1 0
 @eddievedder may I just ask what do you ride now I mean as you are really tall what bikes fit you?
  • 1 0
 Been riding a Large Iron Horse Sunday for years, i always knew it was too small for me. Just bought a used XL Devinci Wilson 2013 frame and swapped my parts onto it. Its a much better fit, but XXL Wilson or V10 would be even better.
  • 8 3
 SCs are short in reach so no wonder he wants a longer one. Gotta jump on long reach, short d... stem band wagon. What amazes me is how high saddles those dudes run, almost at grip height yet "some" people consider droppers with less than 150mm travel as unrideable Big Grin
  • 9 0
 kinda crazy SC were short on reach in the past, Their entire team has been 6'1+ for like 5 years now
  • 1 1
 yeah I know but the bikes haven't really changed much over the years but youd think when they made the v10 carbon they would have made it longer
  • 17 0
 Undoubtedly one of the best downhill riders ever. Hope hes back on form this year. He is an inspiration and has better consistency in his results than just about anyone.
  • 8 0
 him and peatty, showing you dont have to be 19 to kick ass on a bike
  • 4 0
 He is consistent and a risk taker (agressive rider). It is a though combination To find.
  • 8 0
 He was recovering from injury the previous offseason(s), yet still was on the top an a major contender for the win whenever on the start list, now that he'd trained the offseason... Seems like there will be lots of going on on the top step of the podium this year as well... Looking forward to this Smile
  • 7 0
 It's shame that he finally had and uninjured off season then had to have surgery on his thumb right before the season starts. He's definitely one of my favourite riders for his consistency and professionalism. Hope he's able to come back at full strength! The Syndicate is having a tough go with injury since the end of last season: Ratboy is coming back from foot surgery, Peaty is out to have ACL surgery and Minnaar just had a stenor session in his thumb repaired!
  • 8 1
 Top quality answer to question 6. What a legend.
  • 4 0
 Followed by the definition of attack position down the steeps.
  • 7 0
 What a rider , one of the best DH has seen .
  • 5 0
 "the only decent result I had was second in Leogang"

right… that was the "only decent" one...
  • 4 2
 These questions really should be changed. I could see the same few questions for all the riders to compare them and their answers I guess, but it would be nice to have half the questions be more specific to the rider and more in depth. More and more it's all sounding the same.
  • 5 1
 it's nice to see a pro rider not dripping in redbull or monster logo's,it seems Greg has made a point of not wanting support from them.best of luck this season Greg.
  • 4 0
 i've had the pleasure of meeting Greg many times at Fortbill, complete legend and super nice guy. amazingly smooth and the most consistent rider out there
  • 5 0
 I wanna see another minnaar film segment, dudes got style but keeps it business most race runs.
  • 7 3
 I agree 10/10 fails to deliver, Q7.....pointless, all any pro rider is going to do is real off their sponsors.
  • 5 0
 Top rider and top athlete. Hope he is on form this year.
  • 8 5
 I like the whole idea of this 10 for 10 thing, but it just seems to fall a little flat for some reason.
  • 2 3
 not the only thing ''ahum ratboy ahum''
  • 1 0
 "after 4 seasons of off season injury its been great to get lots on my mx bike......" clearly this was interviewed prior to his hand injury...or does NZ not count as off season?
  • 2 0
 That's a great photo - whip at Fort William.
  • 1 0
 Best just gets #BETTER! #AWESOME #DANK
  • 1 1
 I bet Minnaar never gets laid.
  • 1 0
 Good luck buddy.

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