Greg Minnaar: This is Home - Photo Epic

Jun 8, 2017
by SHIMANO  
Greg Minnaar This is Home - Photo Epic

Last winter, Greg and his family welcomed us into his home in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa to get an inside look at the people and places that have shaped his life and career.

bigquotesFrom being with Greg that week and learning how he lives… he lives a lot! He’s always on the move - if he isn’t riding, he’s running, or visiting a friend, or golfing, or grabbing coffee, or riding motocross, or spending time with his parents. I wanted his photo epic to feel like that… to give you an idea of the energy Greg puts into every single moment of every day.Sterling Lorence

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

bigquotesI have always loved two wheels. I had so much fun as a kid – carving ruts in other people's gardens and cruising down the street. I don’t know if all that practice at a young age gave me the skills to carry speed and to corner well that made for a successful career? I don’t know.Greg Minnaar

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

bigquotesHe’s very dedicated to his friends and he won’t let you down. Once a friend always a friend.Jeff Minnaar

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

bigquotesI think when you’re pushing through and trying to reach somewhere you’ll never really hear the negative stuff around you because you're just pushing forward so heavily.Greg Minnaar

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

bigquotesI think what drove me in the beginning was people saying I wouldn’t be able to do what I thought I was able to do. And that got me into a career where I was able to possibly prove them wrong. And then there was a challenge of trying to stay there, and at the same time, just having such a good time.Greg Minnaar

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

bigquotesWhen we gave him his first 50cc… he was shaking like a leaf. He got on the thing, I showed him how to start it... and he was as happy as he’d ever been and he never looked back.Jeff Minnaar

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

bigquotesI don’t think I’m smart, no, I think I break things down until they’re very basic. I’m always trying to find more efficient ways of doing things.Greg Minnaar

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

bigquotesHe just had it… It was just natural. I don’t believe you can teach yourself to ride… no rider succeeds if he’s not born with it. It’s got to be a natural thing.Jeff Minnaar

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa
Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

bigquotesI think what brings the best out in me is family. It’s family I love coming back to and it’s a family on the road that I love racing around.Greg Minnaar

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

bigquotesWhen I see him sitting in the hot seat, and when he's about to win I get the most excited... I'm very proud of him.Jasmine, Greg Minnaar's niece

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Greg Minnaar at home in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

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Location: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Photos by: Sterling Lorence

Previous This Is Home videos:
Thomas Genon
Richie Rude
Brett Rheeder
Tom Van Steenbergen


MENTIONS: @shimano / @anthill / @sterlinglorence



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76 Comments

  • + 80
 Well that was awesome. Greg seems like such a chilled guy, yet he's clearly very driven and works incredibly hard at everything he does. He's a great ambassador for the sport.
  • + 6
 Dude! Greg is a legend!!!! Best Vid and Photo Epic. . . . EVER! I will gladly give him any wave he wants, any beer, and show him all our local trails - - - - -Stoked
  • + 7
 And no energy drink helmet.
  • + 54
 "He’s always on the move - if he isn’t riding, he’s running, or visiting a friend, or golfing, or grabbing coffee, or riding motocross, or spending time with his parents." - im reading this sitting at an office desk. feels sad Frown
  • + 25
 You're not alone.
  • + 26
 How do you not love this guy???
  • + 8
 Yeah, got a bit of a man crush!
  • + 1
 I'm tearing up here.
  • + 19
 Sometimes I find it silly to see a video being followed by a photo shoot from shooting video, but when it comes to Sterling Lorence I will gladly take "making of This is home Photo Epic". I remember opening his portfolio site for the first time, the shot of Steve Romanuk between birches and that pic of Wade Simmons flying shot from underside. You saw that and you knew that Sterling has something special going on. Amazing work, makes me happy to have eyes, a true delight to watch. The GOAT by the GOAT.

Greg's dad reminds me of Murray Walker Smile
  • + 3
 Yep. Having eyes rules!
  • + 11
 For me thst was video of the year. Kind of always been the quiet achiever in a way. But ended up being and continues to be the greatest rider of them all. Sought of snuck up on being the GOAT.........maybe that's because he seems so so humble. Probably the most important trait in a true champion!
  • + 13
 Greg must be strong as hell. Look at how he pulled that the dirt bike out of the back of his truck!
  • + 1
 I was thinking the same thing!
  • + 10
 "I don't think I'm very smart, no, I break things down until they're very basic. I'm always trying to find more efficient ways and of doing things."

That's the genius of Greg Minaar.
  • + 9
 I figure being smart is the ability to break things down until they're simple. Very quickly.
  • + 11
 " What work have you ever done ? " !!!! ha ha ha Dads are great!
  • + 7
 Three or four years ago, I'm at sea otter at end of day on Sunday - pushing heavy bike through the tunnel bridge at Laguna Seca. Minaar's in front of me, no one else around. I'm knackered, he seems so too. I run past him and tell him "now I can tell everyone I passed Minaar at sea otter!" he laughs and asked if I wanted a pic.
Long weekend, tired guy, still had time and a sense of humor for Joe Average. Class act. Props for memorial Chainsaw pic too.
He's the man.
  • + 9
 What a legend. Thanks for being such an awesome ambassador for South Africa! The GOAT indeed.
  • + 5
 I disagree with Greg's dad - while it's romantic to say that someone is "born" with a skill and is a "natural", I think it sells people short. IT ignores the hard work. You might be born with inclinations to enjoy particular things, and thus take to it quickly, but skills like mountain bike riding are a culmination of things learned over time. You "teach yourself to ride" by running around as a little kid and playing hard, improving your balance and hand eye coordination. You learn things as a 9 year old building shitty jumps in your parents front yard. Like Greg said, perhaps playing on bikes so much and ripping around with his friends helped set him up for the skills he needed to be a high caliber pro rider. Yes, it would be immensely hard to go from a kid who sat around and played video games his or her whole life, and then decide to be a world champion mtb rider. It's about the development and the mentality more than anything, IMO. I have seen people who have never ridden mtb, but had a successful athletic career through their college days in another sport, hop on a bike and get to a fairly high level of competition in a few years. Obviously some things transfer better than others (e.g. skiing>basketball). Don't sell someone short by saying it's a god-given gift; acknowledge the hard work, focus, drive and skill-building processes that these guys go through to get where they are
  • + 4
 Always wonder me, Greg's body isn's as bulk/sculptured like other DH athlete, like Gwinn, Atherton, but yet he can go so fast. Guess his technique and smoothness play a bigger role than a muscle powered pedalling. Great photos too from Mr. Lorence. Big thanks to you mate for serving us with auch a great article.
  • + 6
 Think his height might be deceptive.
  • + 7
 You don't need beach muscles to be strong. Check him manhandling his moto out of that truck bed. Don't doubt he is a powerful man.
  • + 1
 @AaGro: You got a valid point right there mate. Kinda surprised me how he put that moto down from the truck.
  • + 2
 There is technique involved in lowering a Moto from a truck like that as well.
  • + 3
 I'm so stoked for him getting the props and recognition he deserves. I do however feel sorry for him having to drink Carling Black Label!!! That stuff is bloody awful, Greg if you need a decent UK beer let me know as we can do much better than that p*** Beer
  • + 4
 Black Label locally is VERY different to the UK Black Label. As in VERY. It's a local brew, brewed by SA Breweries. Not in any way, shape or form related to the UK version.
  • + 3
 @cptmayhem: Living in Aus, I do miss the Black Label! It's strong too, Greg doesn't pussyfoot around, haha
  • + 2
 @cptmayhem: thats good to know, its awful here in the UK
  • + 1
 @sewer-rat: I know.... Even Fosters is better!
  • + 2
 Yeah we call that sex on the beach, because it's f*cking close to water @cptmayhem:
  • + 7
 So he's a Hilux man. No wonder I like him.
  • + 5
 Does it count that I have a Tacoma? Can't get those awesome diesels in America.
  • + 5
 @slayersxc17: I'll have to run it past the committee.
  • + 4
 @slayersxc17: No market as the price of oil is effectively subsidized in America through tax breaks and other incentives to oil companies. IOW, your gas prices are cheap, so there is barely a mkt for diesel passenger vehicles and small trucks. Elsewhere on the planet oil is largely not subsidized, and better mileage by using diesel is much more popular.
  • + 2
 Is this introspection Greg setting himself up for retirement? Looking back on the career that was with an eye on bowing out still top of his game at the end of the season. He has the presence of a statesman in the sport already & commands respect from all, what's to stop him taking up any role in the industry. I hope I'm overthinking it, have a good season GM
  • + 3
 He's already got a role in the industry as a director of a company that distributes - you guessed it - Santa Cruz, amongst other brands as well. Also got a bike shop in his home town.
  • + 2
 He said in an interview before this season started that he sees at least 3 more seasons of racing as he feels in top shape right now.
  • + 1
 And he is one of just a handful of athlete representatives to the UCI...so he's as connected as anyone in the industry.
  • + 3
 There are very few people I would love to just hang and grab a beer with. Greg and Morgan Freeman are on the very top of the list! Incredible reportage and pictures. Sums up a lot!
  • + 1
 I was very lucky some 20 years ago to go to Pietermaritzburg, beautiful place, great people. Then a few years after Greg came to race two years in a row in our home town and it was both a pleasure and a honor to ride down our dh course with him, my boy was still in momys belly and Greg signed a t shirt for him, now 12 and still holds to his world champ shirt. Great memories Great person Great rider Cheers
  • + 1
 Is Minnaar the classiest pro in MTB? I think so. So much class and prestige oozing out. I have similar sentiments towards Tippie and Claudio, the world needs more classy positive ambassadors like them.
  • + 3
 We've had "Won't back down" now we need Greg's film ???????? Paging Clay Porter...
  • + 0
 Meant to be a thumbs up, not a load of question marks.
  • + 2
 @sterlinglorence - You've somehow managed to capture everything really, really well. Absolutely brilliant photography.
  • + 3
 Does anybody notice that Star Wars cup? May the Force be with you Greg :-)
  • + 2
 he also has a world cup cup Smile
  • + 2
 I could only imagine what a great person he must be "World class" winnaar pinnaar
  • + 3
 Great post, great pics, g.o.a.t!
  • + 3
 Absolute legend! Awesome shots here too. Great Stuff
  • + 1
 Legend, humble, fast and smooth my favorite to watch without Stevie here anymore. Cheers Greg great pic spread.
  • + 2
 That picture with Stevie... Room got real dusty all of a sudden.
  • + 2
 Epic....But cut down that steerer tube on the road bike bru.
  • + 1
 Short steerer tubes are overrated, as are short head tubes on large bikes.
  • + 3
 Amazing insight.
  • + 2
 Best Photo Epic Ever! An Epic of Epicness
  • + 2
 Amazing photos about an amazing man
  • + 1
 The Goat! Sweet world cup trophy BTW handily doubles up for piss test pot or bong. UCI for you - foreword thinking!
  • + 2
 casual world champion coffee mug
  • + 1
 You have a great family Sir.. Smile
  • + 1
 Perfect ambassador for the sport!
  • + 1
 GO FOR IT GREG cheers from Cuba!!!
  • + 1
 Nice pics . . A great history
  • + 1
 It's super cool to see these riders in their day to day lives.
  • + 2
 True Champ!
  • + 1
 29er Greg minnaar is the man .
  • + 2
 legend
  • + 1
 Those pictures are the story itself.
  • + 1
 Beautiful and he surfs too!? Loved the shot of the board quiver.
  • + 1
 I'd love to see a pictorial like this about all the riders!
  • + 2
 Honda - full stop.
  • + 1
 Excellence.
  • + 1
 Epic shots!
  • + 1
 The King.
  • + 1
 #Legend
  • + 0
 Ciao Greg!
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