Minnaar Means Business in 2017

Nov 17, 2016 at 12:36
by Pinkbike Staff  
Wait for it... Minnaar wrestles a croc!

Greg Minnaar, the most prolific male Downhill World Cup winner in history, has confirmed that he will continue to race at full capacity for Santa Cruz Syndicate in 2017, but that he has expanded his business interests off the bike by joining Rush Sports, a South African-based cycle industry wholesaler, as a director.

Minnaar’s contract with Santa Cruz runs until 2021 and 2017 will be his 18th season as a professional downhill racer. But instead of winding down in his twilight years as an athlete, the 35-year-old three-time world champion is eager to improve on his 2016 season as well as play a role in the growth of Rush Sports.

CERES - March 23 2016 - during the TB3 photoshoot with Greg Minnaar in Ceres Koue Bokkeveld in South Africa.
Greg Minnaar in Ceres, Koue Bokkeveld in South Africa.

I had a bad start to the 2016 season. I wasn’t comfortable in the first two rounds. But I bounced back and managed to win one round but then struggled a bit with my hands on the rough tracks towards the end of the year,” explained Minnaar.

Minnaar underwent surgery to his left hand in early 2015 and to his right hand in December 2015. Both required extensive tendon damage repair and Minnaar’s racing commitments made it difficult for him to allow for the complete recommended recovery period after each surgery.

This will be the first off-season in years that I’ve not had to deal with surgery or recovery and I feel that I should be able to start 2017 from a much stronger position. I’m very healthy and strong am really looking forward to the new season,” added the South African racing legend.

Among other bicycle component brands, Rush Sports is the Southern African distributor of Maxxis tyres, one of Minnaar’s longest-running brand sponsors.

CERES - March 23 2016 - during the TB3 photoshoot with Greg Minnaar in Ceres Koue Bokkeveld in South Africa.
Greg Minnaar in Ceres, Koue Bokkeveld in South Africa. Gary Perkin photo.
CERES - March 23 2016 - during the TB3 photoshoot with Greg Minnaar in Ceres Koue Bokkeveld in South Africa.
Gary Perkin photo.

I have been with Maxxis since 2003. I have a great relationship with the brand and there’s also a good synergy between Rush Sports and Maxxis, which works out really well because there is a lot of growth potential for Maxxis in Southern Africa,” said Minnaar.

Andre van Aarde and Brandon Els, my co-directors at Rush Sports, bring exceptional industry credibility and business experience to the company. But it’s still a very South African-orientated company. Initially, I will play more of an advisory role and help with international growth using my own experience and contacts."

5 October 2014 - Finale Ligure Italy - Greg Minnaar of the Santa Cruz Syndicate during day 2 of the Enduro World Series 7th round in Finale Ligure Italy. Photo by Gary Perkin
Finale Ligure, Italy EWS 2014. Gary Perkin photo

CERES - March 23 2016 - during the TB3 photoshoot with Greg Minnaar in Ceres Koue Bokkeveld in South Africa.
Greg Minnaar in Ceres, Koue Bokkeveld in South Africa.

I feel I have probably three more racing seasons left in me, but I also want to be able to enjoy tackling other challenges and playing a role in supporting a small company like Rush Sports with its ambitious objectives is a nice additional goal for me,” added Minnaar.

CERES - March 23 2016 - during the TB3 photoshoot with Greg Minnaar in Ceres Koue Bokkeveld in South Africa.
Greg Minnaar in Ceres, Koue Bokkeveld in South Africa.



81 Comments

  • + 137
 Minnar racing in the 2017 WC with a crocodile strapped to his back confirmed.
  • + 51
 Prior to start Greg's mechanic will stick his thumb up the crocks bum to really piss it off. Minnaar undefeated for 2017. Or eaten.
  • + 26
 That 2 headed elephant freaked me out.
  • + 12
 Can't hear the video but I am sure Minnaar is saying "WC DH is too safe so I'm going to ride pissed off crocodiles"

...would love to see him ride every race on top form...definite contender and would really push Danny/Gwin/Troy/Bruni etc to go even faster
  • + 2
 Newest camo enduro-bag
  • + 1
 @zer0c00l44: Holy crap you're right
  • + 2
 After the bulldog, the rat, the Crocodile is coming to eat them ALL !!!
  • + 84
 Minnaar...slapping the taste outta the mouth of the "Nice Guys Finish Last" stereotype since '81
  • + 27
 Minnaar Minnaar, do do dododo
  • + 17
 Minnaar Minnaar Doo doodoo Doo...
  • + 24
 He means business, will never have helmet hair in 2017, even after rusling a croc!
  • + 19
 Love Minnaar, love the Syndicate! Cool guy, level headed, well grounded, and cares about the world we all share. Once again I'll be rooting for the syndicate this year.
  • + 14
 Greg Minnaar is the hero South Africa needs right now Through all our ups and downs, we can always rely on him to stay on top as symbol of what SA sportsmen and women can achieve We're proud of you! Keep shredding!
  • + 9
 Your beating us in the cricket. You got more than Greg.
  • + 5
 @T-Bot: We don't have a rugby team at the moment...
  • + 4
 @T-Bot: Haha but I hope the apparent ball tampering saga doesn't put a cloud over our achieveMINT
Our boys are on fire at the moment! Now to get over our trophy choke! #ProteaFire
  • + 1
 Question from a American? Are athletes like Greg a pretty well known individual outside of the biking or adventure world? If he is that's awesome!!!

Over here I feel the big shots: Gwin or Rude are really only known in the bike world.
  • + 3
 @slayersxc17: in my experience he is not known at all except in the bike community. When I tell people I work with about his legendary career they are always dumbfounded that we even have a racer in DH World Cup. Pretty sad...
  • + 3
 Yep, pretty much. Only recently was he included in sportsman of the year. It's mostly a case of "huh!? Who's he?"
  • + 15
 Did anyone else read all the "quotes" in Greg's accent?
  • + 9
 Whole lotta Rosie sure put up a fight. Was like watching two soldiers dive on a dud grenade.
  • + 10
 and Ratboy ?
  • - 8
flag norcal77 (Nov 17, 2016 at 22:47) (Below Threshold)
 Ratboy let us all down. He needs to get his groove back, he should fly to Jamaica. #BringBackDaRat
  • + 5
 Has there been any official confirmation he won't be racing WC DH in 2017? Everything I've read so far has been speculation.
  • + 1
 @vinay: I've heard from a "source", that these rumours are true. Wink
  • + 22
 @norcal77: he let nobody down you melt
  • + 2
 @Stublack: solid truth
  • + 0
 Even though I'd love to see him race DH, I absolutely respect his choice whether or not to do that for 2017. Just curious. Then again I also appreciate the media to not bother him until he, Kathy or Rob release the news themselves.
  • + 10
 @Stublack: im not saying im disappointed in him as a person, i just hate the fact that in his prime we wont see him racing anymore. At the same time i think the whole carbon footprint excuse is a load of crap. At least if he is going to travel the world with a race team wasting resources he would be promoting bikes...... The more people who ride bikes the great the good he is doing, Maybe he is actually contributing to global warming by not racing bikes. Think of all the people he could have converted green bike commuters and possibly saved the planet if he kept racing.......
  • + 8
 Looks like Josh wants to pull skids and wheelies through sloppy woods outside Buxton and Congleton, cant say I blame him tbh #northernloam
  • + 2
 @norcal77: get yourself to revolution bike park and see the rat in action. That 50to01 line is sicker than Jim mcsick from sickville
  • - 3
 @norcal77: 1.He is not your or anyones personal entertainer. He is a sovereign human being not a Netflix show. 2.None of us is in any position to judge any of his actions. 3.Mountain bikes are not enviornmentally friendly in any freaking way, on the contrary, so no promotion of MTB is good for the environment (what the fk is environment anyways) 4.All the people talking about all sorts of bikes being environmentally friendly are bigots talking crap they haven't really thought through. Most people commute on bikes because it is fkng most convenient mean of traffic in proximity of city centers. They don't do it because they care for the planet, they do it because they want to get to work faster and much cheaper than with any other mean of transport - if someone tells you that they bike to keep their carbon footprint low, tell them to shut up and rethink their stupid ideological position or you will put your footprint on their face.
  • + 7
 @WAKIdesigns: While I agree with your first two points, the third one is highly debateable. Anyway rat's decision not to race was (apparently) based on his carbon footprint from the amount of traveling he does to world cups etc, nothing to do with the bikes and riding them. As for eco warrior commuters, leave them be, they get enough crap from drivers so they don't need to get it from other cyclists too. Anyway, does anyone know who will be joining Greg at the syndicate? I've heard rumours of Luka Shaw....
  • + 6
 Shouldn't we have an interview from the Rat by now?
  • + 2
 @robito: Nah, we'll just wait until he or his team representatives come with a press release. Interviews can be done after that. If he's still in doubt, it sucks if he gets a microphone shoved up his nose waiting for a definite answer (which, if it'd come from him, no one would understand anyway).
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: "He is a sovereign human being" Waki, am I turning you into a Libertarian?
  • + 4
 @djm35: looks like its gonna be minnaar, shaw, and mitch ropelato!
  • + 2
 @djm35: I heard from a guy at one of the brands that sponsors the syndicate that its gonna be luca shaw.
  • + 1
 @davehuffstetler: Yeah, that's what I heard
  • + 2
 Ratboy told me that I shouldn't put too much weight in what Claudio said about the carbon footprint thing. So I'm not.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: @WAKIdesigns: I ride and build for environmental reasons. I fuel my rides with organic food too. I ride bikes that are used and constantly fix up old bikes to keep them on the road. I choose metal over carbon for environmental reasons only. My work even pays me in organic produce to commute to work instead of drive. Please elaborate on a way better than that to reduce my foot print and I will try to do that instead.
  • + 2
 @choppertank3e: frame material - bollocks. The most environmentally friendly frame is the one you don't buy and keep the one you have or find and repair an old one instead (as you say you do). MTB is a hobby, if you can tell me how does it CONTRIBUTE to the well being of a environment I will be very happy, because all I see it generates sht tons of toxic waste every year. Organic food - well I buy sht with "organic" "ecologic" labels but I live in the big city so I can only hope that this food actually contains less toxins. I don't give a flying fk about the planet in that respect, I just hope that me and my family gets less toxic and more nutriontionally rich food. Organic food, well all food is organic... oil used to make gasoline is organic. It's like biodegradaibility - Plutonium is biodegradeable you know. It just takes 150k years. It has nothing to do with the subject though. There are only three things you can do to siginficantly minimize your carbon footprint:

1.DO NOT HAVE KIDS - please be rational here. We are a few billion, you don't need to prolong your own gene pool. What makes you think, your is precious to well being of human race?
2.Kill yourself.
2a.If you don't give a fk about humanity but want to save polar bears (before I continue I suggest to see a doctor or chose option 2) then you may become one of these toxic punks (or whateve they are called) and develop a virus that will kill hundreds of millions of humans.

But if you care for staying here please donate to things like:

1. Comet watch: we need to get better at it before some giant piece of space rock sends us back to stone age. Current budget spent on Asteroid watch around the world is laughably low. Defo lower than subsidies to fkng stupid, retarded, idiotic, bio fuel. Idea that human induced global warming is the biggest threat to humanity in next 100 years is a truly stupid one. Sounds like comes from somoene who lives under a rock or wants to live under a rock eating humus.

2.Please donate to research focusing on developing cleaner technologies and more efficient versions of current ones. Donate money to scientists working on fusion. Once that is running, coal and natural gas is dead.

I hate greenies just as much as I hate guys with V12 Diesel trucks
  • + 1
 @choppertank3e: If you haven't checked sht like in the link below, please do because it gives a big perspective to what happens around us. I once saw a writing like this on the blackboard in front of the "ECO Store" (my favorite food store ever RIP) "there is no planet B, we must care for planet A" - well... humans may never reach planet B, but overemotional part of environmentalists behave as if they wanted a medal for screaming "NOOOOO" at the back seat of a car with no brakes that is about to hit a wall at 100 Mph. This " I did all it takes to save the world so I can look my grand children in the face" is just that. There's too many people who think that hiding under a rock is a good idea to save humanity. By no means I mean you are one.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=myjaVI7_6Is
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I think the link you gave was wrong it's about galaxies travelling at the speed of light. Don't want a medal just honestly trying to alleviate personal guilt I guess. The organic food thing is to use less fossil fuel inputs for its production as well as eating native species instead of ecosystem destroying introduced ones. Local or self grown is best but I'm not able to do that much yet. Mountain biking gives value to wilderness areas that might otherwise be bulldozed. I agree that all are just ways to slow things down until H3 fusion and procreation enlightenment could maybe save some of us. Carbon has the biggest footprint followed by Ti followed by rare earth alloys like mine followed by Al followed by steel followed by bamboo according to bike magazine except for the rare earth and bamboo which I am just guessing at. In the mad max future I think the guy with the solar refuelled ebike and the bow and arrow will last the longest. If there's no wilderness left when all the Big Mac eaters die off and us out doorsy types are all that's left there won't be any food for us either.
  • + 1
 @choppertank3e: yes that was the right link... it's about gaining a perspective... another video showing a perspective is one showing earth's coil-like path along the center of Milky Way galaxy, where 80 spins of the coil basically represent your life and it takes a very tiny percentage of full orbit around our rather small galaxy... what I am trying to say, there is no universal meaning, you add it. In 100 years nobody will give a flying fk what frame you rode and definitely not for what reasons. Who gives a flying fk that Trump steers the blue dot.In fact, he doesn't... even if we gather all nuclear charges in one place on the planet and detonate them, we wouldn't move it even a notch out of it's orbit. And we wouldn't be able to kill life on the planet in this way either. So insignificant we are. Endangered species, I can't believe people talk this sht. I just can't. Like people btchn on DDT - what the fk would they rather have? Malaria and increased child mortality is better? - make up your mind fellas. This idiotic idea that there is some natural way, some possibility of symbiosis with nature that was destroyed by greed and profit, that nature lives in balance. Some fks believe that indingenous people kill only as much as they need, that they do not over hunt BECAUSE there is some spiritual reasons for it, not because they are nomads and can't carry much, and need to move all the time to follow migration of animals. Pure bullsht that only white people could come up with. Absolute neglection of the fact that every single life form seeks expansion, every single thing seeks possibility to evolve and succeed. People crying for killed lions, fk them. Do they think that Lion would spare them if they met in the middle of savannah? In Africa nobody cries for lions, in antarctica nobody cries for Polar Bears. Only fkturds getting bored on a sofa in a warm house do, because they have no other thing to moralize on.

Now I don't believe in ideologies like "organic" food for the sake of the planet. I think it is bollocks, maybe because a nihilist in me is very strong. Or maybe I am rational enough to find good almost purely selfish reasons why to live a life that spends less energy and poisons environment less. Organic food is a great way to stay at least a bit healthier, and often costs just a bit more. Bamboo is such a bullsht, in most cases they uses toxic resins to glue everything together. Please... in order to survive longer, we need a rather clear view on the reality around us and currently we live in times when it is cool to be an environmentalist, but it has more to do with being a ember of a team, than actualy knowing what we are doing. A dude I know works in Department for Evnironment in my town he openly states that he overdrives sht and demonizes car usage, because according to him, people need to be indoctrinated to do the right sht.

Peace.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Way to call me out on my selfish environmental ways. I hate DDT because I love Perigrine Falcons. I missed them while I lived in the states. I do love Lions, Cheetah and Hunting dogs but I also believe that endangered species carry genes that have biological information going back Millenia both expressed and dormant and that their extinction is like burning books. You protect the apex predators and you protect the entire ecosystem most importantly the soil. We only lived in balance with nature in Africa because territorial warfare, and disease kept our numbers in check and the animals there evolved defences against us not because of nomadism. There are other types of resin out there that are natural and hemp composites or at least ballistic grade carbon should be available as a frame material in stead of this fragile crap they pedal us. If nature isn't in balance how do you explain the worlds stability in the face of the 40% increase in the out put of the sun since life first evolved? You don't believe that all life creates the conditions for life to continue as proposed by Gaia theory? You should get your head out of the sky and back to earth. If smart people like you don't believe in this place what hope do the rest of us have?
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Waki WTF? Do your new neighbors have you on edge bruh? Better apply for American citizenship before my main man Trump locks the door. Stay strong bruh. lol
  • + 1
 I have an idea for a new show called Waki ruins riding.
  • + 2
 @choppertank3e: selfishness, altruism and compassion are often misunderstood due to prevailing stupidity attached to our archetypes and prevailance of an idea that universal morality exists. Balance in nature does not exist. It is a stupid hippie idea developed in 70s. Please watch a documentary by adam Adam Curtis "All watched by machines of ever loving grace". And you can go and live like a hunter gatherer if you do consider it as a great way of living. There's plenty of room for you in Amazonia. Fun life! Here lies fhe crux of ideological vegans. It was the agriculture that made world what it is today. It was great back then! Today you fly from NY to LA in 5 hours door to door. In 1800 it would take you 5 months and half of your family would be earen by a fkng bear
  • + 3
 The main thing I take out of this article is the quote 'I feel I have probably three more racing seasons left in me'...

Yes, 3 more years of seeing the greatest DH racer of the modern era competing...
(hate to say it but Vouilloz is still the GOAT in the mens category & even he's nothing compared to ACC!!!)
  • + 4
 The man! Can't wait for the next season. Santa Cruz Syndicate rules!
  • - 10
flag chrismac70 (Nov 18, 2016 at 1:23) (Below Threshold)
 Greg rules. Peaty was passed it and Ratboy has under delivered massively
  • + 5
 @chrismac70: *Past it
  • + 3
 Seems like the pros do pay the price for moar shimz.
  • + 3
 The looks of Greg's unorthodox grappling moves, He best stick to DH .
  • + 2
 Keep the Donker Mag alive!
  • + 2
 "Ol' Half Jaw.......harder the woodpecker lips"
  • + 1
 Is Andre the old Morewood Bikes team manager/mechanic when Richard Beytagh was running the show?
  • + 1
 Yip. The same guy
  • + 2
 Thats me Butch Wink
  • + 1
 @RushSports: Awesome brother. Good for you brother. Hard working dude.

Oh, and don't tell people my.real namemail. Secret.
  • + 1
 Even with this season Minnaar still had some pretty admirable finishes. Hoping a big season for him!
  • + 2
 That fucker thinks he's Steve Irwin reincarnated.
  • + 1
 Most importantly, which 5.10 kicks are those in the croc vid? Me likey
  • + 1
 tougher than a woodpeckers lips ha ha ha ha that guys funny
  • + 1
 I wonder how the croc survided when the guy "Dingo" jumped it ;-)
  • + 2
 Haha, go Dingo!
  • + 1
 come and join the oldies Greg.. great ambassador..
  • + 1
 If that ever went wrong, his tendons would be the least of his worries
  • + 2
 cool news
  • + 0
 Thank God. I don't know what our sport would be like without this guy.
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