Santa Cruz Syndicate Team Video from World Cup

Mar 20, 2012
by Karl Burkat  

Greg Minnaar wins the UCI World Cup Downhill season opener aboard his Fox/Shimano equipped carbon V-10 with an exhilarating run that had the hill alive with the roar of thousands of fans including the oneLife crew and the Minnaarmy! Steve Peat came in 15th and Josh Bryceland 21st on this improved, pedaling course in Greg’s hometown of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

It always feels like a homecoming for us to be in this friendly city and the Syndicate was welcomed back by all Greg’s family and friends. The local support of the race is big and there were many improvements to the track and the race venue. Training went well all week and the boys came into the season fit and lean. Greg was fastest in qualifier by the slimmest margin of .008 over Aaron Gwin and he picked up max points for his efforts. Steve was 11th fastest and Josh 17th.

Rain was on and off during the week and we had quite a bit come down on race night. Things dried up quick and we had a beautiful day for the race. Everyone got to the top of the hill eager to get the season underway. Greg started into his race run and made a few mistakes and was 2 seconds down at the first split. He gained some time by the second split and was only 1 second off the pace. Steve said, “Greg can make up that time.” As Greg neared the finish the volume of the crowd was at a fevered pitch and this certainly had to boost the effort into overdrive. As the leader board went green the oneLife crew of friends pushed the fence down and flooded into the finish arena while Steve lifted Greg off the ground in victory.

An ecstatic Greg says, “I made a few mistakes on the top part of the track and I knew I had to make up some time. On the bottom section I had to stand and pedal hard and I fought all the way to the finish. You know when you are coming into the finish and you see the oneLife crew breaking the fence down that you’ve had a good run. And then Steve jumped over the fence and grabbed me I knew I had won. It’s a great feeling to do well in front of all my family and friends and their support is amazing!”

Steve comments, “Another great weekend racing in Maritzburg. The fans and the onelife crew made it an awesome weekend, and I feel privileged that it was my 100th World Cup start. Luckily the track dried out and made the racing fast and tight. Although I wasn’t too happy with my 15th place result, I was over the moon for Greg. He dug deep and took the win for the home crowd!!”

Josh placed 21st and said, “After a hard winter training I don’t feel I quite did myself justice on my race run, but I left it all on the hill and the bike feels better than ever. I’m really happy for Greg, not only just with the win in his hometown, but starting the season with a win and full points. Also good to see Peaty Dog still has a little bit of fire in him, as always.”

The win makes Greg’s 16th World Cup win (11 on Santa Cruz) and is his 53rd World Cup Downhill podium, (besting Steve’s 52 podiums). Greg now leads the World Cup overall with 250 points over Aaron Gwin’s 200 points. Steve is 14th in the standings and Josh is 17th. Greg will be in the leader jersey going into the next World Cup in Val Di Sole, Italy in May.

Men's overall standings:

2nd Aaron Gwin 200
3rd Mick Hannah 160
4th Gee Atherton 150
5th Steve Smith 140
6th Jared Graves 111
7th Troy Brosnan 107
8th Andrew Neethling 105
9th Cedric Gracia (Brigade, Santa Cruz) 93
10th Aurellien Giordanengo 85

Thanks to the Syndicate Sponsors:

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  • 21 0
 It amazes me amount of sheer talent competing these days.. when a guy like Peat finishes 14th it really says something about the level of riding going on! Any hot damn... what I wouldn't do for one of those v10s!!! Drool
  • 2 2
 Who are the 'oneLife crew'???
  • 2 0
 Great Minaarrr
  • 2 0
 The way Peaty greeted Minaarr at the finish- PURE CLASS!!!!!! Props to Minaarr and the entire Syndicate Team
  • 1 0
 i cant take him seriously with that hat:/
  • 1 0
 best team on the circuit this year
  • 8 0
 greg is gonna have a really nice season with his new v10 and what a race for aaron its a DH killer machine better be careful cuz he wanna be in first place no less Big Grin DDD
  • 4 0
 Wow i never knew Minnaar has already won as much world cups as Voillouz! one more and he equals that of Peaty, and another and he will be the winningest world cup DH racer of all time! how about that Smile I can still remember him riding for HARO bikes and he was already winning world cups Smile
  • 3 0
 Yeah but he's only taken 1 world champs whereas Nico has won 10, so i'd still say that nico was the greatest racer (not rider imo, sam hill takes that) ever
  • 1 0
 That's new for me too! Smile
  • 7 0
 Even Minnaar's ghost-ride at the end was unstoppable
  • 6 0
 Just by the Lucky Underwear!! lol
  • 1 0
 Ha that was great so fitting. I got to party with her at Interbike. She told me she was Peaty's manager I was like, nahhh. But it's true! What a rowdy bunch! Or maybe I was the rowdy one...hmm.
  • 4 0
 more of my favourite riders on the syndicate now than any other team. they're all top dudes.
  • 5 0
 When are luck underwear not lucky?

When they stay on Big Grin
  • 4 0
 Finally a video with some real music! Big Grin
  • 4 0
 What machines!!!
  • 1 0
 he is certainly machine!
  • 4 1
 Sad! They didn't even mention Hill in the overall standings...
  • 3 0
 And even more so not mentioning Camelini, a privateer. Nice video though.
  • 2 0
 How could they? That was a "Santa Cruz Syndicate Team Video".
  • 2 0
 I think after Gwin spends some time at Mammoth he'll close that gap. He looked too winded at the end. Get some elevation.
  • 3 0
 Its all about BILLY IDOL and FOX 40S
  • 2 0
 awesome, great, thats what its all about, to do well in front of a home crowd, in any endeavor, congrats
  • 1 0
 congratulations to Minaar and Santa Cruz, what a great race to start the World Cup!
  • 1 1
 In the post above it says that Peat finished 14th while in the video and in reality he finished 15th. I think PinkBike should review the page.
  • 2 0
 Those are the overall standings posted on the page (Quali and Final points combined).
  • 2 0
 Minaar is the new Clint Eastwood of DH!
  • 2 0
 with 2 more wins he can be the CHUCK NORRIS of DH
  • 2 0
 no doubt, and with the World Cup under his belt, he would become the Bruce Lee! Watch out, Danny!
  • 1 0
 Gwin better watch out too in that case...
  • 1 0
 that video probably doesn't do it justice on how fast they were really going down that course :->
  • 2 0
 Every team should make these vids, win or no win.
  • 1 0
 The Syndicate rocks! So pro. Peaty at 100 WC starts is just simply inspiring. Respect.
  • 5 3
 nice run minnaar!
  • 2 1
 Favourite part was at 4 mins.
  • 1 0
 The Minnaarmy stands strong!
  • 1 0
 Those bikes are sexy as hell
  • 2 1
 greg's comments at the beginning cant be good for rock shox
  • 1 0
 Guess it just means the fox and shimano race support is at a higher level, they would never say that directly though.
  • 4 0
 What do you think he is really going to say his new sponsor isn't as good as his old one? It doesn't matter what he likes better he rides for Fox now and needs to promote their brand like a professional and he is doing that.
  • 1 4
 Truth be told, Mick Hannah was very fast, it was higher in the first stretch of track in more than one second. But the stretch of the Santa Cruz pedal took advantage, a sign that the Downhill is changing, today is a race that decides weight and pedal.
  • 1 0
 just for this race. other races arn't so pedally
  • 1 0
 Always mind blown by how fast these guys are
  • 1 0
 Jeez, he ghostied a V10 carbon, brave man, nah amazing run on hard track
  • 1 0
 Looks like it's going to be his year! We will have a great season.
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Ghost ride the whip!
  • 1 0
 Fuck yeah
  • 1 1
 FOX=Man shox lol. looks really good on the V10.
  • 1 0
 So so want a v10 Smile
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