Greg Minnaar Out of Fort William with Fractured Right Arm

May 30, 2018
by Sarah Moore  

Greg Minnaar has fractured his right arm while testing the newest iteration of the Santa Cruz V10 and won't be racing at the Fort William World Cup this weekend.

bigquotesShe’s a beauty! The V10 is an ongoing project and this latest prototype is another step up in terms of refinement and performance. Unfortunately she was a little too quick for me in testing, and I went down fracturing my right arm. We’ll be back to solve the puzzle soon bru’s!Greg Minnaar



We're gutted for Greg, who's split was up on the rough section at the first round of the World Cup in Losinj before flatting. Minnaar has won Fort William a record seven times.

Looks like he's trying to make the most of it with a little hiking with his cast... We've reached out to Greg and there will be more news as we get it.

You may want to update your DH Fantasy Team if you had Greg on there...


166 Comments

  • + 1059
 Send up the Rat signal!
  • + 63
 maybe time for Luca/Loris to fill some big shoes for the syndicate
  • + 25
 LOL! I logged in just to + you.
  • + 16
 By god thats Ratboys music!!!
  • + 1
 lol..hilarious
  • + 56
 '...and suddenly the fresh, dank smell of sweet Mary Jane rolls over the hills of Fort William...'
  • + 4
 @Jack-McLovin: Is it a bird? Is it a plane?....
  • + 35
 @nuttypoolog: you log out?
  • + 9
 Possibly the best PB comment ever. Such a bummer for Greg though.
  • + 5
 Sorrygai!
  • + 5
 HealUpQuickGai
  • + 1
 @adrennan: thanks for the good laugh today!
  • + 0
 @Jack-McLovin: More like the smell of an Assegai spewing sealant all over the place as it blows out.
  • + 1
 Best comment of the day. Made my night!
  • + 1
 Quickly! To the rat mobile!
  • + 9
 Probably the highest prop'd comment I've ever seen.

I would retire from pinkbike comments after an effort like that.

????????
  • + 1
 @Trudeez: That's what I thought. Until I just read the one below that said, Sorrygai. Haha, the rat is king.
  • + 1
 Best comment ever. I can quit PB now.
  • + 0
 instead of snapping frames snapping arms
  • + 9
 so has the race been cancelled then?
  • + 9
 Seriously though, what do the teams do now with an empty spot? Leave it empty or try get someone else for some points? If the Rat signal doesn't work maybe leave a trail of free beers from Steve Peat's house to their team pits??
  • + 1
 Mint!!!
  • + 7
 Wow, 1000 upvotes in 24 hours. Where do I even begin. I can still remember it like it was yesterday, sneaking away from my work station to check Pinkbike. The comment just came to me. It was "So random" but so effective. And as I stood up from the toilet, I never imagined I would find myself here today.
I would like to thank all the people who made this possible. All the upvoters, without you I'd just be another waki commenter. My witty a*shole father. Thanks pops, I hope ur proud. And to the legion of Ratboy loyalists. Maybe just maybe he hears us. ????
  • + 3
 @MikeAzBS: thank you sir for giving us the background story for this. You are a gentleman and a scholar.
  • + 1
 @chickenschnitzel: So you're saying they should get Alfred racing in case Ratty is too 420'd?
  • + 236
 Shouldn't we just put the WC on hold until the GOAT is back ?..
  • - 18
flag RedBurn (May 30, 2018 at 10:13) (Below Threshold)
 « Never count this man out »

Well this time ....
  • - 26
flag RedBurn (May 30, 2018 at 10:13) (Below Threshold)
 « Never count this man out »

Well this time...
  • - 18
flag TheFury (May 30, 2018 at 11:20) (Below Threshold)
 My thoughts exactly. Or as a show of solidarity, all elites leave the track just before the finish line...
  • + 6
 @RedBurn: Never EVER count Minnaar out!
  • + 5
 He needs to speak to Sam Gaze for some tips on that... actually maybe not.
  • + 4
 Wait, it's world cup season?
  • + 1
 But Gwin is racing.
  • + 190
 They should get Greg in the commentator's booth with Rob and Claudio. That would be awesome.
  • + 53
 Cant upgoat this enough
  • + 7
 He could do the course preview one armed.
  • + 1
 Best freaking idea ever!
  • + 2
 Speaking of that, anyone see Claudio awkwardly reach out to shake Greg's broken arm after his spot in the commentators booth? Very cringe-worthy moment
  • + 1
 @kjjohnson: they both looked weird!!! I thought Greg would be more relaxed, sure, he rather be at the top of that podium...
  • + 80
 RIP your fantasy team.
  • + 6
 my top pick for this course - had to redo team
  • + 15
 You can change your team every round!
  • + 5
 @sarahmoore: that's so much work tho! (ok, not really)
  • - 2
 No not really. @Grmasterd:
  • + 0
 you guys are so lucky with the timing... I feel horrible writing that about someone being injured.
  • + 66
 I blame those bloody 29s. So much higher to fall from. Its becoming a real H&S issue
  • + 1
 Maybe his dropper post was stuck. :O
  • + 35
 29ers don't kill people rappers do, I saw on a documentary on BBC2
  • + 3
 @BeardlessMarinRider: classy GLC reference there.
  • + 1
 @BeardlessMarinRider: meant to upvote but hit the wrong button
  • + 63
 was looking forward to seeing Minnaar crush it... but this opens the door for Eddie Masters to drink from the sweet chalice of victory!
  • + 34
 Riots in the streets, crying babies, etc all because Minnaar’s out Frown
  • + 69
 cat and dogs living together mass hysteria
  • + 5
 @yourwelcome: yeah Ghostbusters !
  • + 3
 #Minnaarsarmmatters
  • - 11
flag WAKIdesigns (May 31, 2018 at 4:23) (Below Threshold)
 As a gesture of solidarity with Greg I propose a month of absence from masturbation. Who’s with me?
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: that is the weirdest comment I have ever seen....
  • + 23
 That sucks hard, Fort Bill & Minnaar go together like fish & chips. I'm now waiting for the #Assegaidestroyinggregsseason theories to start.
  • + 24
 its obvious he crashed because of those transition knobs on the Assegai. Don't mess with the channel.
  • + 15
 We may need to start a "Which Curse is Worse" poll:

* Spesh & Grubby
* Assegai & GM
* Finishing 2nd & Hannah(s)

For serious tho, this is sh!t news, as GM was probably the main competition for Gwin this season, especially if Gwin had an off result die to a mech/crash.
  • - 1
 @jackalope: gwinn off result die and still win hahah
  • + 22
 Gwin's done it with no tire and no chain. Figure Minnaar could at least give it a shot with one arm.
  • + 3
 He already did it with one wrist some time ago, one arm would be the logical succession.
  • + 8
 @polarproton: yes, he taped his hand to the bar!!!
  • + 23
 It's okay. Luca Shaw's got this
  • + 23
 There is no god
  • - 23
flag WasatchEnduro (May 30, 2018 at 11:25) (Below Threshold)
 Or is there?

#gwinning
#thankyoujesus
  • + 25
 Thanking Jesus for someone breaking their arm isn't exactly classy
  • + 20
 @medievalbiking: No, but it is American. Ha. Ha. Razz /sarcasm
  • + 5
 @medievalbiking:

Lighten up medi. We’re all gutted for Greg and were looking forward to an amazing showdown.
  • + 1
 A whale's vagina
  • - 5
flag WAKIdesigns (May 31, 2018 at 4:31) (Below Threshold)
 Sweet Jesus, our Lord be with thee and thy Holy Mother, today I wiah to praise your name among men as among stars. I pray to thee for a gift to recieve, from the bottom of my humble soul I cry, have mercy on me if I sinned by asking too much. I wish my mother to live a good life, my cousins to be well and please break a hand of that Minnaar prince. As it is in heavens so come your kingdom to this Earth and bless me with your gifts. By the way, please give cancer to my neighbor so that his btch wife understands something. I hate her, may she miscarriage and let satan eat the fetus in front her eyes. So help me good God.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Sounds like some one has been sucking on the Holy Ghost! LoL
  • + 15
 Too quick for Minaar, breaks his arm. I'll probably break both legs and my back if I ride the new V10
  • + 16
 Last time Greg broke the bike. I guess the bike got its payback!
  • + 8
 Why oh why can't Greg and Aaron have a race where everything is going well for both of them so we can see who is really the fastest. When Greg races well Aaron flats or crashes, When Aaron races well Greg flats or crashes...grrr.
  • + 10
 I would absolutely love Greg in the commentary box this weekend as well. Heal up quick Greg!
  • + 11
 probably nothing to get in the way of a repeat for Gwin, now.
  • + 43
 Except for Jack Moir. Wait...damnit.
  • + 4
 Troy???
  • + 8
 Aren't you forgetting a certain Mr Hart?
  • + 1
 @charmingbob: i unfortunately don't think he's fit enough to win in fort william yet. probably gonna be a gwinner. but would love to see marcelo or eddie up there. a gee comeback would be neat as well
  • + 11
 nothing can stop Gwin, except Gwin.
  • + 2
 Except the fact that he is human and his bike is made by humans so....
  • + 5
 @leopaul: Troy has won there before, would love to see him win there again!
  • + 3
 @ikaika: CHUCK NORRIS CAN STOP ANYTHING
  • + 1
 @leopaul: But he's won Fort Bill before... wouldn't rule him out!
  • + 4
 @jrocksdh: Sure, but he's by far the least human in the entire field: great at spotting the line with the best reward:risk ratio (e.g. not hitting the big gap in Val Di Sole), freakishly good at setting up his bike (though Bruni's still the best, it looks like he's floating down the track), known for pretty much never crashing or getting injured (2013 was the last time he missed a race because of injury), and with the confidence of having won 5 out of the last 7 world cup overalls.
I'm betting for him winning the overall, and I wouldn't be surprised if he matched or beat his own record of 5 wins in a season.
  • + 2
 @ikaika: Someone from Santacruz might or a certain Mr Hart.
It's gonna be an interesting race for sure.
  • + 1
 @betsie: No doubt, looking forward to an awesome race.
  • + 3
 Y’all forgetting about Dakotah Norton? He’s the underdog of the season for sure.
  • + 1
 @betsie: I've got my money on Hart to win if it's not windy. Will it be windy on Sunday do you reckon?
  • + 1
 @jaame: forecast is for no wind. Nothing at all up here for a while.
Having seen Luca riding last weekend, if he rides like that this weekend he will be hard to beat. He was visibly faster than the other santacruz riders and Bruni.

Last weekend isn't race day though.
  • + 1
 @betsie: let's just hope something exciting happens and we get an upset winner. I don't mean the winner is upset, because you wouldn't be upset if you won a world cup race. I mean, I hope it's not Gwin!
  • + 1
 I'm hoping for a Laurie Greenland topspot, reckon he's got the skills for fort William.
  • + 1
 I would love Greg Williamson to win, imagine a local lad from 60 miles up the road wining on Sunday. OMG it would be nuts. c'mon Greg, be number Uno. Even a podium would do...
  • + 1
 @betsie: my forecast has been saying pure rain and thunderstorms sat and sund....please tell me I've got it wrong? I'm not looking forward to standing in that all weekend....
  • + 1
 @MrsFunSocks: Take an umbrella. Gonna be too humid for waterproofs I would guess.
There was no midge last weekend at the track but there was a breeze.
No wind and humid should keep the midge away, go out and get wet on the hill watching the top boys show how its done in the rain.
  • + 1
 @betsie: cheers Smile i didn't let it defeat me last year and certainly won't this year but i am slightly worried about the lightening tomo lol
  • + 8
 Bad luck minnar hope you heal quick mate
  • + 6
 There is a certain Steve Peat whom smoked em all in the peaks recently...saddle him up!
  • + 3
 Anybody else feel like a whole lot of top riders are out with injury? whats the count now in the top 20 ranking? 5? Is this just the new state of play and everyone is cool with it? Or do we need to suit up better?
  • + 13
 Hard to say, but I bet most of it is because are pushing so hard these days and bikes & tracks are faster now. And hell, while he apparently broke his arm at Ft. BIll, he was just filmed getting ready to be towed by a moto into what I assume is a big assegai jump.

Extra armor wouldn't be a bad idea ether of course, but I'd guess many of these offs are so violent they're going to break bones/tweak joints no matter what. Having said that, like many on PB I suspect, I've seen dudes get up and walk away relatively unscathed from wrecks that were "avert your eyes" violent (myself included) and break collar bones and wrists on mundane, slow speed tumbles. Like TLD kit colourways, sometimes it doesn't make any sense.
  • + 2
 @jackalope: word. I grenaded my hand in feb in a pretty minor fall. Just had surgery last week. Basically costing me 6 months.
  • + 2
 @jackalope: Main reason I don't wear armour is because it's too hot. But in Scotland it's not too hot, so I would think it would be a good idea.
  • + 4
 Cripes, has anyone had worse luck than Minnaar lately? Flat after flat and now this. Damn.
  • + 1
 No x-rays or footage of the crash or anything. That would be so funny if this is a fake days before... Totally screw everyone's bets, Fantasy teams, etc, mess with opponents' minds, and then show up right before race time and crush everyone. For real though... Heal up soon Greg, everyone's gutted for you. You'll get 'em next time!
  • + 4
 Is he really hurt, or is he gonna show up at a press conference within 24hrs alive and well?
  • + 3
 Well!!, I just have to wonder if the 29er wheel is the best option for Minnar. He has had some serious crashes.....
  • + 2
 Maybe they're just too fast :-)
  • + 4
 #fakenews obvs..... only 3 days left for Fantasy League!
  • + 2
 Dammit, no! From the competitive point of view this is a major loss. I guess even Gwin will be dissapointed not to fight this out. - Healing vibes to Greg!
  • + 3
 That riding looked incredibly smooth, sad to see him not compete. I love his style and hope he gets well soon!
  • + 2
 Guess this puts an end to my hopes of him winning Fort William 4 years in a row...
  • + 3
 Dakotah Norton anyone?? Minnaar out , Gwin flats, DAK FTW!
  • + 1
 I feel like I somehow caused this by not putting Greg on my fantasy team... bad stuff seems to happen to the riders I don’t choose :O
  • + 2
 damnit greg, i was expecting you to win fort bill. ass guy chucked ya right off a cliff didnt he. ugh.
  • + 3
 There goes my fantasy team...
  • + 1
 Such a shame Frown couldn’t he still ride if they made his cast fit around his handle bar? He’s done it once before!!!!
  • + 1
 Heal fast Gregg, but that frame reminds me of a RM Slayer from a few years back
  • + 1
 30 psi in my Minions, don't give a f*ck about your fantasy team. Is that how it goes?
  • + 2
 *quickly updates his fantasy team*



Heal up Greg.
  • + 1
 At least it means Greg can't retire at the end of the season (if that was a possibility). He'll have to come back next year!
  • + 1
 It certainly puts him out for the overall or even in the top five. Then next year he's a bit older, all the young guns are a bit more experienced and he's trying for a comeback. Gee has had three years in a row down due to injuries - I don't think a Gee comeback will be likely, nor do I feel unfortunately, a Minnaar one will be either after this. At the end of his contract, I believe he'll retire. This fracture of his really sucked, but I hope you're right el-nombre.
  • + 3
 Bollox
  • + 1
 Not the same without Minaar, get well soon bruh. P.S. new v10 looks retro FUGLY!
  • + 1
 For all you 26" fellas, this is your chance! Call for a ban for 29ers and 650b due to higher mortality risk.
  • + 1
 Damn you hot V10! Robbing us the opportunity of seeing Minnaar's 22nd WC win.
  • + 3
 FUCK ME!
  • + 1
 Never change your bike mid season!!!
  • + 1
 Jedi can heal themselves in less than 24hours
  • + 1
 Gutted!!! Just gutted! Healing vibes GOAT!
  • + 1
 He's the GOAT, if he rides with one arm he will still be fast
  • + 1
 8 kilos of venison in his pack lol.
  • + 2
 Cathro for the ride
  • + 1
 Bummer for Greg, go Troy!!
  • + 2
 Nooooooooooooooooooooooo
  • + 1
 Best wishes for a speedy recovery Greg!!!!
  • + 1
 I blame the 29r for this.
  • + 1
 V10 taking revenge for Greg fracturing it last year?
  • + 1
 THANKS ROBERT!!! YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!
  • + 1
 NOT IT!!!!
  • + 2
 @pagandroid: I'M TELLING ANDREW AND RYAN ABOUT THIS!!
  • + 1
 @jason-99: par for course...
  • - 1
 Can he please stop trying all this new shit and go back to alloy rims, Hi Rollers, and tubes?! Stop messing with the formula!!
  • + 6
 2012- 1st overall
2013- 4th overall
2014- 11th overall
2015- 4th overall
2016- 4th overall
2017- 5th overall

Are you expecting 1st overall every single year? Seems like he's doing pretty damn well, with the exception of 2014 (which 11th is still no easy feat), despite developments every single year.
  • + 2
 NOOOOOOOOOO!
  • + 1
 Shoot! That sucks!... heal up quick GM!
  • + 1
 OH NOOO! Heal fast and well man!
  • + 2
 Gutted for the GOAT!
  • + 1
 Gutted! Get well soon GOAT!
  • + 1
 That really sucks, get well soon!
  • + 2
 noooooooooooooo
  • + 2
 Booooooooooooo
  • + 2
 Oh dear!
  • + 1
 No! I don't believe you.
  • + 1
 Goat is gnarcore
  • + 0
 No! The Fort is his race! Frown
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