Following the news of
Greg Minnaar's departure from Santa Cruz after 16 years with the brand, we have taken a look back at his time on the team and pulled together his results, race bikes, winning runs and some video highlights. It will certainly be strange seeing Greg taking on World Cups without a V10 race bike.
Greg's Santa Cruz World Cup Wins - 16
Greg's Santa Cruz World Cup Podiums - 57
Greg's Santa Cruz World Champs Titles 3
Greg's Santa Cruz Fort William Wins - 6
2008
Round 1: Maribor - 5thRound 2: Vallnord - 3rdRound 3: Fort William - 1stWorld Champs: Val Di Sole - 4thRound 4: Mont-Sainte-Anne - 1stRound 5: Bromont - 2ndRound 6: Canberra - 1stRound 7: Schladming - 5th2009
Round 1: Pietermaritzburg - 1stRound 2: La Bresse - 6thRound 3: Vallnord - 3rdRound 4: Fort William - 1stRound 5: Maribor - 3rdRound 6: Mont-Sainte-Anne - 22ndRound 7: Bromont - 1stWorld Champs: Canberra - 2ndRound 8: Schladming - 3rd2010
Round 1: Maribor - 1stRound 2: Fort William - 3rdRound 3: Leogang - 1stRound 4: Champéry - 2ndRound 5: Val Di Sole - 2ndRound 6: Windham - 2ndWorld Champs: Mont-Sainte-Anne - 3rd2011
Round 1: Pietermaritzburg - 2ndRound 2: Fort William - 1stRound 3: Leogang - 3rdRound 4: Mont-Sainte-Anne - 18thRound 5: Windham - 12thRound 6: La Bresse - 1stRound 7: Val Di Sole - 6thWorld Champs: Champéry - 8th2012
Round 1: Pietermaritzburg - 1stRound 2: Val Di Sole - 2ndRound 3: Fort William - 6thRound 4: Mont-Sainte-Anne - 2ndRound 5: Windham - 9thRound 6: Val d'Isére - 4thWorld Champs: Leogang - 1stRound 7: Hafjell - 3rd2013
Round 1: Fort William - 8thRound 2: Val Di Sole - 3rdRound 3: Vallnord - 6thRound 4: Mont-Sainte-Anne - 4thWorld Champs: Pietermaritzburg - 1stRound 5: Hafjell - 5thRound 6: Leogang - DNS2014
Round 1: Pietermaritzburg - 3rdRound 2: Cairns - DSQRound 3: Fort William - 7thRound 4: Leogang - 2ndRound 5: Mont-Sainte-Anne - 7thRound 6: Windham - 11thRound 7: Méribel - 10thWorld Champs: Hafjell - 30th2015
Round 1: Lourdes - 22ndRound 2: Fort William - 1stRound 3: Leogang - 5thRound 4: Lenzerheide - 1stRound 5: Mont-Sainte-Anne - 4thRound 6: Windham - 2ndRound 7: Val Di Sole - 54thWorld Champs: Vallnord - 2nd2016
Round 1: Lourdes - 15thRound 2: Cairns - 17thRound 3: Fort William - 1stRound 4: Leogang - 5thRound 5: Lenzerheide - 3rdRound 6: Mont-Sainte-Anne - 6thRound 7: Vallnord - 2ndWorld Champs: Val Di Sole - 7th2017
Round 1: Lourdes - 59thRound 2: Fort William - 1stRound 3: Leogang - 3rdRound 4: Vallnord - 2ndRound 5: Lenzerheide - 1stRound 6: Mont-Sainte-Anne - DSQRound 7: Val Di Sole - 79thWorld Champs: Cairns - 61st2018
Round 1: Lošinj - 13thRound 2: Fort William - DNSRound 5: Vallnord - DNSRound 6: Mont-Sainte-Anne - 16thRound 7: La Bresse - 58thWorld Champs: Lenzerheide - 8th2019
Round 1: Maribor - DNQRound 2: Fort William - 6thRound 3: Leogang - 2ndRound 4: Vallnord - 11thRound 5: Les Gets - 7thRound 6: Val Di Sole - 7thRound 7: Lenzerheide - 2ndWorld Champs: Mont-Sainte-Anne - 5thRound 8: Snowshoe - 5th2020
World Champs: Leogang - 27thRound 1: Maribor - 5thRound 2: Maribor - 9thRound 3: Lousã - 1stRound 4: Lousã - 2nd2021
Round 1: Leogang - 12thRound 2: Les Gets - 7thRound 3: Maribor - 4thWorld Champs: Val Di Sole - 1stRound 4: Lenzerheide - 19thRound 5: Snowshoe - DNFRound 6: Snowshoe - DNS2022
Round 1: Lourdes - 16thRound 2: Fort William - 7thRound 3: Leogang - 41stRound 4: Lenzerheide - 3rdRound 5: Pal Arinsal - 9thRound 6: Snowshoe - 5thRound 7: Mont-Sainte-Anne - 30thWorld Champs: Les Gets - 11thRound 8: Val Di Sole - DNS2023
Round 1: Lenzerheide - 29thRound 2: Leogang - 27thRound 3: Val Di Sole - 28thWorld Champs: Fort William - DNFRound 4: Pal Arinsal - 2ndRound 5: Loudenvielle - 12thRound 6: Les Gets - 7thRound 7: Snowshoe - 17thRound 8: Mont-Sainte-Anne - 32nd
Godspeed GOAT
Although I'm personally disappointed to not see Minnaar finish out his career on a Santa Cruz, I can't be the only one who's stoked that the GOAT will be back next year with a brand that will leave no stone unturned in getting the legend up to speed. #greatestever
Thanks Pinkbike
if you have the future (probably) goat aka jackson on the team and a soon to be retired goat but only have X amount of cash to spend on the team and you need to let someone go. who do you kick out?
IMO its a poor PR move that tarnishes an otherwise storybook relationship between the GOAT and arguably the best DH team ever. That said, I'm over 40, and perhaps they think Jackson is a big enough star to be the future of the team/brand.
But wtf do I know?
Could be budget cut and Jackson price increased after last season so they couldn't afford two end of the tier earners.
If rumors are true, there will be a junior women coming. So wild guessing: Budget cut + jacksons plus earnings + junior women = Gregs salery.
I can't see the Syndicate (or Santa Cruz) wanting it to go this way unless they were far apart on something (retirement?) I wonder if Santa Cruz had planned a huge farewell tour with Greg, then he pulled a Brady and changed his mind about retiring.
Either way, both incredible careers and it's quite remarkable Greg is still going at 42!