Greg Minnaar Welcomed to Santa Cruz

Feb 19, 2008
by Jordan Holmes  
New Santa Cruz Syndicate member, Greg Minnaar, had a chance to check out his new digs with a trip to Santa Cruz in February. Being welcomed to the Syndicate 'family', he was made to feel right at home (and informed that once you join the 'family', you never leave....).Greg arrived into Santa Cruz fresh off a holiday ocean cruise, and with a bit of a rough adjustment to the wintry weather, the tanned South African got his first chance to ride a Santa Cruz with Jamie Goldman. At day's end, somehow Goldman ended up with a cup of hot chocolate as Greg washed Jamie's bike. After a busy first day, with a proper Mexican meal filling his stomach, the jet-lagged Greg got some sleep for the next day's activities.

Working at the bike wash?

Working at the bike wash?


Visiting the Santa Cruz factory, Greg was impressed. "I didn't really expect such a big operation. It was great to see such happy people working there being involved in making quality bikes. It was a happy vibe," said Greg. At the factory, Syndicate wrench Doug Hatfield, had Greg's new V-10 and Blur LT pimping. Greg was very pleased with his new steeds and says this about the V-10, "It's great, very responsive in the corners, it feels brilliant, and has a wicked paint job!"

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Fancy V10
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4x Bike

After checking out the bikes, Greg had to get his 'Blue Steel' on as he was primped for hours of photo shoots for ads and catalog shots. Barely revived with a sushi dinner, Greg conked out on the studio floor at day's end. "Things were pretty much as I expected for my visit, but I just didn't think I'd be doing as many photo shoots with Forrest!" said Greg.

Glamour King

Glamour King


After a few days of photo shoots and video interviews Greg got a chance to go for a cross country ride. It was one of the first rides that he has done since his shoulder surgery in November. He was very cautious and tentative, but said it felt great to get out on the bike. Greg also got to the local gym to do some workouts and shoulder re-hab and was enjoying his time.

The weekend was spent with a trip into the city of San Francisco with his new family (Santa Cruz Bicycles owner Rob Roskopp and wife Lepa, and Syndicate manager Kathy Sessler), and the group stayed at Lepa's family home with her aunt and uncle. Now the term Syndicate 'family' was starting to make sense.... and there didn't look like anyway out! Greg was a great sport and the group enjoyed a wonderful meal at a Cuban restaurant after a shopping trip in the city.

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After a relaxing Sunday filled with backyard bocce ball, basketball, Jacuzzi and a BBQ, it was back to work on Monday with more photos shoots. Fortunately there was enough time to go for another cross country ride with his new boss. Soon it was time to pack up and head back to the sunny climate of South Africa, and being bumped up to business class on the way made a perfect end to a wonderful introductory week to the Syndicate. Greg says, "The best part of this trip was getting to know Rob, Doug and Kathy better, and the sushi dinner!
I'm looking forward to a good season with wonderful support from the Syndicate, and it will be nice to have such a big range of quality bikes in my garage!"
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Thanks to the Syndicate sponsors:
Santa Cruz Bicycles
SRAM
Rock Shox
Truvativ
Avid
Maxxis
DT Swiss
WTB
Crankbrothers
Lizard Skins
Clif Bar
Troy Lee Designs
Chris King
Five Ten


35 Comments

  • 7 0
 They still wont be able to beat Sam Hill....
  • 3 0
 I was wondering who would snag GM, That is , awesome he is a good dude, Great team, HELLO WORLD CUP CHAMPS............THE SYNDICATE......
  • 3 0
 Nathan Rennie, Steve Peat,Greg Minnaar... Can you say Santa Cruz dream team!... now all they need is Mr.Hill and santa cruz will clame every World Cup race this year!!!
  • 2 0
 Yeah seriously.... Its guna be Podiums for the syndicate all season long...
  • 4 0
 oh man, if they had Hill....game over.
  • 4 0
 sweet, sounds like 08 is going to be agood year for santa cruz
  • 5 1
 Wow, SC's got a dream team going on. The "Syndicate All-Stars"!
  • 1 1
 Wait a minute - wasn't there an article on Pinkbike a couple of weeks ago about how Minaar was going to be riding a V-10, but for Team Gamut? When the hell did this happen? UCI should just save the money and the Syndicate the injury risk and just take the podiums now, in anticipation!!!!!
  • 4 1
 the syndicate team is stacked this year. santa cruz will destroy in '08
  • 1 0
 maybe they don't beat SH, but they'll give it a go, and none of their riders have SH's vacant, shark-like steel eyed look all the time. Syndicate's got personality.
  • 1 0
 There is going to be a lot of V-10s chasing one lone Sunday this year! Too bad there are going to have a tuff time catching it!
  • 0 0
 there are actually two sundays this year, Fairclough and Hill.
  • 0 0
 what about Riffle? Is this guy any good?
  • 0 0
 Riffle's not on a Sunday for '08. But yes, he's good. Just can't seem to podium outside the US.
  • 0 1
 This years worlds are gonna be sick!!! I can't wait for Fort Bill! No one has mentioned Commencal, you can never rule out the Athertons! What a year this is gonna be Sam Hill, Nath Rennie, Grey Minaar, Peaty, The Bearclaw, Athertons and Scotlands very own Ruaridh Cunningham!!!
  • 2 0
 Bearclaw doesn't race.
  • 0 0
 think he might beam fairclough, and josh bryceland is still a junior, its cunningham who has moved up.
  • 0 0
 this reads like an article out of hello magazine or something. you could quite easily replace greg minar with 'paris hilton' or some other mainstream celeb, didnt realise the mtb world stalked its champions.... lol
  • 0 0
 yeah people seem to be forgetting Miami Bryce Josh Bryceland he is a formidable junior and i can see him taking the junior worlds this year good luck to Ruaridh Cunningham too roll on the 2008 world cup series
  • 0 0
 oh god this is great having greg minaar on the syndicate team this year they are going to own world cups all over the place, its ganna be awesome. good choice santa cruz!
  • 3 1
 sam hill & Brendog vs. peaty/Minnaar/Rennie = mouthwatering
  • 0 0
 I guess fabien, CK, and the athertons don't exist anymore. huh i never got that memo. this should be a good season. GO STROBEL.
  • 2 1
 This is going to be so awsome!
  • 2 0
 Pick up Lopes!!!
  • 1 0
 Sam hill against the world!
  • 0 0
 FUCK yea i'm with you on that. but syndicate has rennie, peat, and now minaar.
  • 1 0
 brian lopes would add greatly to their 4x section
  • 1 0
 MINNAARS ON JUNIOR SYNDICATE!!?!?!?!
  • 1 0
 Great bikes, great riders, great brand, great vibe. Good luck SC for 2008.
  • 0 0
 what about chain reaction intense not going to be as good as scs but still a major team
  • 0 0
 the syndicate and the iron horse team are going to be the dominant teams on the race scene!
  • 1 0
 its an all out dual between iron horse and SC this year.
  • 0 0
 they've also got josh bryceland riding for them in the junior section
  • 0 0
 If I recall, Bryceland is no longer a junior.
  • 0 0
 what happened to fabien barrel

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