Greg Minnaar and Jason Marsh End Successful Partnership After 8 Years and 28 World Cup Podiums

Aug 16, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

One of the most successful racer/mechanic pairings has come to an end as Greg Minnaar has announced he will no longer be supported by Jason Marsh on the World Cup circuit. Marshy and Minnaar first started working together in 2012 and in an 8-year partnership they have claimed 2 World Championships, 6 World Cup wins and 28 World Cup podiums.

Off the racetrack, the pair were instrumental in bringing 29er wheels to World Cup racing after Greg raced a Hightower at the Enduro World Series in Finale Ligure and Marshy worked with Santa Cruz and Fox to make it a reality. Marshy also provided plenty of laughs and good times through his appearance on the Syndicate's team videos, where he was open and insightful about the racing process and the attention to detail that goes into refining a race winning bike.

bigquotesAfter 8 incredible years of podiums, puzzling and a few cheeky panaches, it’s unfortunately time to say au revoir to my right hand man and mechanic, Marshy.

I’m stoked to have shared all the highs and lows of racing and travelling the globe with him since 2012, it’s been a hell of an adventure and I can’t wait to see where things take him going forward.
Greg Minnaar

Greg Minnaar's new mechanic will be Lyle Hyslop, who works in the Santa Cruz showroom in Morzine. The pair will be working together at their first race this weekend at round 2 of the French Cup in Les 2 Alpes.


bigquotesLadies and gentlemen, please welcome Lyle Hyslop to the circus. Lyle’s been the Santa Cruz wrench in Morzine for the past few years and is now on race duty for me, coming into the end of this season.

He’s got big shoes to fill, but luckily he’s got big feet and knows a thing or two about length being 6’10 himself!

Finals day in Les2Alpes today and I’m fired up to be doing my first race of the year with Lyle and the crew.
Greg Minnaar

We wish Marshy all the best in his future endeavours.


58 Comments

  • 212 2
 I can't see that guy being any good with those short little arms.
  • 5 1
 I'm pretty sure by "big feet" he meant is rear feet.
  • 8 0
 Speaking of short arms - Family Guy theory on why the T Rex was so angry all the time - look it up!
  • 1 0
 @Peteridesbikes: thankyou for this.
  • 39 1
 Don't speculate, Congratulate!! Beer
  • 20 0
 True. Hard to do anything in mtb for 8 years. Congrats to the new guy, and good luck to Marsh!
  • 21 0
 GOAT got Ratboy’s doppelganger, huh? Lime Minaar, Marsh seems like such a class act. Wish him the best in his new chapter, and hope Lyle can keep Minaar’s winning ways alive for more years to come
  • 8 2
 Lemon fix that for you "like Minaar"....Smile
  • 3 0
 @RadBartTaylor: Orange you going to fix the typo in his surname?
  • 20 3
 But why did they stop working together?
  • 116 1
 Jason has a huge passion for dance so I think it’s likely he’ll open a dance school or maybe we’ll see him on TV in a celebrity dance show. Exciting times either way.
  • 6 13
flag ceecee (Aug 16, 2020 at 8:24) (Below Threshold)
 Syndicate cost-cutting? We still don't know what racing is going to look like next summer.
  • 8 10
 @ceecee: lmfao...no.
  • 7 0
 Everyone is dealing with the current situation differently, maybe decided its time to call it a day on trotting off round the world. Or marsh guard has done well enough that he doesn't actually need to anymore
  • 4 1
 @ceecee: Top WC riders often employ their mechanics themselves as opposed to the mechanics being employed by the team.
  • 13 5
 Nina Hoffmann signed a contract with the Syndicate for next year, and Marshy will be her mechanic.
  • 1 1
 @lauda: interesting. I just guessed he’d jacked it in because he wants to do something else. Obviously not.
  • 18 1
 @jclnv: you might well be right, but I'd heard that he'd been snapped up by Laura Ashley to design some delightful vintage 'Concorde' floral dresses. Either way, exciting times ahead!
  • 9 5
 @jclnv: rumor has it he is next in line for Trump's vp
  • 6 2
 @PNdubRider: Actually no they don’t. Mechanics are nearly always employed by the team.
  • 2 0
 @jclnv: I heard the exact same! Except it wasn’t dance, it was puppetry, and a puppetry school.
I heard he’s even been dabbling in some ventriloquism
  • 1 0
 @lauda: I hope this is true, as it would be flipping awesome!
  • 1 0
 @jclnv: thank you.
  • 18 2
 Crazy they hire a tyranasoarous rex to do the job, but none the less congrats
  • 14 0
 How the hell do you fit into or onto anything when you are almost seven foot tall?
  • 6 6
 I’m 6’3 and modern bikes that come above a size XL (and many XLs) seem huge to me. I think it’s a good time to be a tall rider.

I never had much issue but I think I’m right on the edge of being too tall for a lot of older bikes
  • 16 0
 @nvranka: compared to Lyle you might as well be 5’ tall. I’m 6’5” and I am a borderline fit for just about anything. 6’10” is off the charts!
  • 17 1
 @bogey: tall wankers
  • 16 1
 That must have been a terribly wrenching decision for both of them.
  • 1 9
flag Dogl0rd (Aug 16, 2020 at 16:31) (Below Threshold)
 Get it!?
  • 3 2
 What could be the driver of such a choice?
  • 1 0
 @sspiff: no need to hammer it home ffs
  • 12 4
 damb It's hard to face the fact that the G>O>A>T> is coming to his career's end. Depressing but celebratory in every way.
Massive respect Marshy
  • 19 0
 Every season, at least since Marshy came on board, the talks of GOAT finally reaching his career end hits the threads of PB and yet every season after, he racks up podiums/wins.
  • 6 0
 Marshy seams really cool met him at Snow Shoe, I guess after 8 years of traveling around the World of hard race life, Marshy may need a long rest from it.
  • 7 0
 So where is Marshy off too?
  • 48 0
 They didn't say it explicitly in the article, but my first guess is: Lyle ate him.
  • 7 0
 Full time selling mudguard.
  • 7 0
 Should of gave him that raise
  • 5 1
 Note to the "new guy", you can thank PB for getting your new nickname. T-wrecks
  • 56 0
 T-Wrench
  • 4 0
 What?! Ok, tough times, Ratboy is taking another part time job, but why on earth has he changed hi name to Lyle Hyslop?! Wink
  • 5 0
 Can'T Handle this
  • 3 0
 Very curious as the the behind the scenes reasons and motivations for this?? Does anyone have any insight here?
  • 7 0
 Could be anything really, maybe marshy has had enough travelling the world wrenching especially with the current climate on global travelling? maybe his marsh guard business and any other ventures have paid off enough he doesn't actually need to work anymore.
  • 10 1
 @seadog275: wait, are marsh guards really from Marshy? I feel like an idiot if that’s true.
  • 2 0
 @slayersxc17: yeah there was a pinkbike article years ago about him making them
  • 1 18
flag jaame (Aug 16, 2020 at 9:32) (Below Threshold)
 @seadog275: maybe a Rossi:Burgess situation? Marshy told Greg he’s racing for podiums, not wins. Greg wants someone who believes he’s still go what it takes to compete for wins. End of partnership.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: yeah maybe marshy actually knows when to say good bye
  • 3 0
 So sad for that family . New challenge for everyone et good luck !!! Mashy and Minnaar what a team that was
  • 2 0
 Bummer for Syndicate. Weird times. Change. Good luck to this new grom.
  • 2 0
 At least Dougy Fresh gets 2 Christmases now.
  • 1 0
 What a run they had together ???? Best of luck to Marshy in whatever direction he takes !!
  • 1 0
 Wow that is krazie news!!!
  • 1 0
 stoked for lyle - helluvaguy
  • 1 0
 Guess it worked out well - Lousa ftw Smile
  • 1 0
 Minnaaaaaaaaaaaaaar

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