Video: Gravity - Greg Minnaar

Dec 12, 2012
by Tyler Maine  

Title image by Fraser Britton.

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Greg Minnaar



71 Comments

  • + 39
 With the Aaron Gwin juggernaut going on in WC these days It's easy to overlook that Minnaar has been pinning it for over a decade and always at the front of the pack. Nice vid very smooth.
  • + 5
 Not coz he isn't world champ or anything
  • + 12
 no. it's not easy to overlook minaar. he's fast as hell
  • + 16
 so fast...that some people mistake him for a low flying airplane
  • + 7
 Now everyone including me will do what he did at the first minute. don't lie.
  • + 2
 He`s got one of my favourite riding styles
  • + 3
 @Jimmy0
"no. it's not easy to overlook minaar. he's fast as hell"

I wasn't saying its easy to overlook him I was saying Look he has been at the top since what 2000ish 12+ years on he is still killing it! There are people new to the sport who might not realize that or what a accomplishment that is. He keeps in shape, keeps it pinned and makes it look so smooth and easy! As a friend of mine always says He's pro'pro.
  • + 12
 Never seen someone so fast forwards and backwards. Guess thats why he is sponsored.
  • + 22
 My P.E teacher went to school with Greg back in SA, says he was a bit of a troublemaker haha
  • - 24
flag abzillah (Dec 12, 2012 at 11:40) (Below Threshold)
 Shaved legs only belong on women.
  • + 31
 ^^ That, and guys who regularly scrape dirt and rocks out of wounds before bandaging up to go back out and ride... You ever yanked medical tape out of leg hair over a nasty trail wound? What about maybe, oh, once or twice a week?

You'd shave, too. Wink
  • + 5
 HAHAHA good answer Smile
  • + 6
 Lol. Then just don't crash.....that simple Wink
  • - 3
 stupid ambatt. men don't wear medical tape
  • + 21
 If you don't crash then you're not trying hard enough...
  • + 5
 Someone has to point out the ridiculous stuff going on with the plants while we were waiting for the music to drop.
  • - 7
flag Spicy-Mike (Dec 12, 2012 at 18:06) (Below Threshold)
 If you crash, you lost the race.

Or, you broke: your collarbone, your TLD custom d3 helmet, your bike part, your femur snaps clean in half from a freak landing on a sharp jagged rock, scraped off your shin to the bone, your ~$600wheels by taco'ing them, fractured thumb, floating ribs, dislocated joints, torn ACL from clip-ons twisting and not releasing, hyperextended arms as you land awkwardly, your new shiny frame spider cracked in 3 spots, wrist compound fracture, concussion as a result of greeting a tree with your face, badly sprained ankles, punctured skin from lowsiding and getting cheese grated by a rock garden, and worst of all, decapitation (yes it has happened, uncle works in ER in Socal and bikers, dead or alive come in all the time)....So... I like to stay away from crashes Smile

Doesn't mean I don't push hard to the limit, but it's definitely not something I want to do or look forward too and try to minimize it as much as possible as knowing your own limits, judging the terrain, and familiarize yourself. Still haven't broken any bones or have had any full-on crashes, but I still set some local DH trail times. KNOCK ON WOOD x 999999999999. Watch, I'm gonna break my whole body tomorrow.
  • + 8
 ^^ Lmao. I laugh so hard when it gets all serious as the music builds and all of a sudden....DRAMATIC ZOOM TO A TREE. WOAHHHH.
  • + 5
 I hate to say it but i think you're in the wrong sport buddy...
  • + 3
 @hoolydooly - haha yeah i agree, i have had more than my fair share of crashes, including a coma and an exploded spleen, but i still ride every chance i get, i just learnt to listen to myself, if im not feelin' a big gap/jump on a day, then i wont do it,ill wait for another day. where as before i would think fook it, and hit it anyway.
  • - 2
 It's sarcasm really, and I said you will always have accidents/crash, you should try to minimize it. Unlike you, DH/MTB isn't my everything. I still have things to do that are higher priorities, music, school, etc. I've played many competitive sports throughout my life but MTB has always been there since day one, it's not a sport to me, it's just a big part of my life. I don't race, don't need to, and unfortunately don't have the time. It would be fun, but after some years of not even being able to ride due to personal problems I'm just getting back to really learning DH in a serious way now and alright with that.

Also, I understand that during practices you better be crashing and learning your limits, believe me, all those games for state-wide titles or whatever it is you gotta push yourself just to be one step further than the other person. But the way I ride is different, I have a few places I ride and it's off season right now, so limited to my local one mountain really. I know it the back of my hand. Instead of a racer's case of showing up to a new track and having to really push myself and ultimately crash to just learn the track I've had years and years to learn everything on this track. Everything. Everyday I hike up for an hour, pedal down in 5 minutes, against the trail time record. When you first turned of age and drove the car for the first time, you probably made a few mistakes, and what about now, we all hope you have familiarized yourself with your local area and what not. Same thing applies to me. The way you train vs. me are on 2 different levels and that's fine by me.
  • + 2
 @Spice-Mike - I completely agree; there seems to be a few people on this site who think crashing is actually cool and it's some sort of badge of how hardcore you are.

Do you think Gee wanted to crash during rampage practice? Did he watch the comp thinking "I'm the man, I stacked it and now I can't ride in the final because I'm injured." Or did he think "I came all the way to Utah and now I can't even ride."

Crashing is never good or cool, and for people who say "you're not pushing hard enough if you don't crash" - you'll improve much faster riding all the time than having months off because you rode that little bit too hard and crashed.
  • + 1
 ^ Totally agree. There's a very fine but natural/given line between pushing yourself to the best and that 1 mph extra that causes you to slide out on flat turn. Obviously that separates the winners from the losers, that one moment, that one step further, but like you said, every-time you do you run the risk of being out for months or even ending the season/career which just ends up as an even worse scenario.

It's funny, I just wrote a paper about patriarchal society in which, you know, guys do the cliche/manly things to establish they are tough men, I'm guilty too, no doubt about that...But, big part of it is acceptance of pain/injury without saying a word and walking off. American football/rugby is all about that, sticking your head lower and tackling someone hard as you can, even though it means hurting yourself as well. Weirdly as that sounds when you think about it, it's socially accepted and if you do that onto someone else, violently, you suddenly become accepted among the other "bigger" guys. Think about hazing in frats and stuff. What is that? Literally it's the definition of the whole thing. Take in pain, don't complain, survive, now you're accepted.
  • + 2
 Generally I try not to crash, but if ur not a great MTBer and ur pushing limits ur probs gonna crash, but it's the best way to learn from mistakes. Get over it. It's just a saying
  • + 7
 He has such amazing style; so smooth and so fast. It's a little crazy to think about how long Minnaar has been on the World Cup circuit and how long he's been doing it right... Definitely a role model and one of my favorite riders. This video just showcases his talent and work ethic. Thanks, PB! Smile
  • + 9
 I like his smooth style. Let's hope 1080p is coming soon :o
  • + 3
 this is one of those vids where the videographer does not have to resort to weird angles/fast forwards/slow mo just to make the rider look fast.
  • + 2
 i am really liking the use of slo-mo in this vid!! i usally hate any use of slow motion but the editor has used it in a subtle way that really adds to the edit, unlike many other edits,
  • + 5
 its because its not a zoomed in slomo of his googles
  • + 2
 Thanks!!
  • + 1
 So everybody - James Wilsons Ultimate MTB Workout training program involves nearly each single exercise Greg is doing on that vid! Go do a great to treat to yourself this Christmas and your riding and buy it! I use it myself and it is absolutely mind blowing Smile

Why do you need the latest Saint brakes with cooling fins to reduce fading, therefore of arm pump? Get this program and feel no arm pump on SLX? Wink No single component will ever make you as fast as investment in yourself by buying a good training program. And it is nothing really super tough, I really enjoy it.

P.S. James pays me nothing and I'm not in his family Wink I just feel I need to give back because it gave me so much, and for what he gives to the community!
P.S. You don't need to sell your clipless pedals Big Grin
  • + 3
 I would love to see Greg appear in more video segments. He is so fast AND has such a smooth and fluid style. Take note Anthill, Clay Porter et al!
  • + 2
 The way this video was shot complimented this guys riding style very well. Smooth is what comes to mind. Also great use of slomo.
  • + 3
 Seemed to me that it was a nature video with a bit of Minnaar in the back ground.
  • + 2
 Several parts in this video made me just want to yell FUCK YES! Then I realized me parents are in the house.
  • + 1
 awsome video gives you a small glimps into the life you hafto lead if you want to push yourself to your maximum potential nice to see some new exercizes in there too
  • + 2
 After all the work and preparation, you've reached the top of the hill, there's only one thing to do.....SHRED BACK DOWN!!!
  • + 1
 Greg is a legend of downhill, he's been at the top since 2000, challenged everyone whose been at the top year after year and always gets better. So smooth
  • + 4
 Y U NO HD?!
  • + 9
 Why are you too lazy to type proper sentences?
  • + 4
 *type a proper sentence
  • + 2
 Damn. Didnt notice the s at the end of sentences just there... my bad xD
  • + 1
 orthaugraph maniaks
  • + 2
 what a legend this guy! nice video and music. just missed some rockgardens and rim smashing
  • + 1
 great video his training is much the same as my job pick it up turn around and put it down most of the day .
  • + 2
 Awesome video - Greg is our hero!
  • + 0
 I saw him in the pits on World Cup in Hafjell... he looked at me and nodded like Hi, looking at my Nomad... I wanted to approach him but then I thought... He is my favourite rider on DH circuit, but... what the hell should I talk to him about? So I just went on - I'm such a terrible person... a week later I thought that if someone has something truly good to say to someone, no matter who he is - he should say it
  • + 1
 He's like Tom Brady does not look menacing but he'll kick the competitions ass!
  • + 1
 Lush scenery! Nice editing too
  • + 1
 Rico's track..... Oh man that track is such fun!!
  • - 2
 Getting "error, try again later" on this vid and strength in #s vid(same format) via my galaxy s3.
It played half of strength in # yesterday tho..plays flash/ youtube just fine.
  • + 1
 this is youtube...
  • + 1
 are we not aloud to say numbers anymore?
  • + 1
 Wow! My ideal gym! Damn this guy knows how to train!!!
  • + 1
 only wish that if I trained like this I could ride like Minaar!
  • + 0
 a) And that workout right there is why he can kick your ass on the pedals alone.

b) THIS VID IS TOO DAMN SHORT!!!!!
  • + 1
 This is just a preview segment from a 27min long video. Glad you're keen to see more - Minnaar is a joy to watch!
  • + 1
 Braaaaaaaap
  • - 2
 Real women don't shave.
  • - 1
 He shaves his legs.
  • + 0
 It makes him faster
  • - 2
 ahahahahah
  • + 3
 Also feels nicer under kneepads, they stay in place better, and your sweaty hair doesnt get yanked on taking them on and off.
  • + 1
 Norcalwannabe That's true bro
  • + 1
 I'm not understanding this 'he shaves his legs' stuff... When you folks start outriding and outracing him (hah!) then we can talk about shaving vs. not shaving, okay? Smile It's just a smart decision to make while you're on the bike that much.
  • + 2
 I wasnt saying anthing bad, merely pointing it out, he's world champ, he has a right to shave his legs.
  • + 2
 POTATO
  • + 1
 ^ as if you just threw a patato in there!?! Cool I guess.
So the guy likes his legs like his style....SMOOTH!
So rad! (his riding I mean)
  • + 4
 And he's damn fit too - I rode a 3 day stage race in 2007 and Greg was in the top 50 or better by the end if I recall... Go Greg! Just a pity his exploits never even make the news here.

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