Five Ten® sponsored rider Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) earned a bronze medal at the UCI World Downhill Championships held in Mont. Ste. Anne, Canada. This was his tenth Elite Men’s World Championships and his bronze medal will join the gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze World Championship medals that he has won in his career.
The weather at the World Championships was the topic everyday as we arrived in hot, humid conditions to a bone-dry track. Mont. Ste. Anne hadn’t seen rain in months and Hurricane Earl was said to be nearing later in the week. There were course changes from years past and the dry conditions made the track rough and “Brutal”. “Mont. Ste. Anne is a really demanding course on equipment and Dougie did a sterling job on the bike all week. The course was a lot more open and straight than in years past, and because of the dry, dusty conditions the track really blew up fast,” said Greg.
Thursday was timed practice which doesn’t seed the riders, but is a chance for them to have a clear track for a run in which they can see what type of pace they have. Greg went for a fast run and ended up with the fastest time of 4:31.57.
As the men came down Danny Hart had a smoking run, then Steve Smith crushed his time with an amazing run, which held up for a silver medal. Sam Hill came down and edged Smith out of gold medal position and as they sat on the hotseat the rain started to play games, on and off, then rained hard…. Greg set off and did the best he could with the conditions and joined them on the hotseat as the medal contenders with Gee and Steve left. With the conditions deteriorating they raced down, but none were able to knock the three out of the medals, so that is how it stayed: Sam Hill with gold, Steve Smith silver and Greg with the bronze.
Greg says, “My training and preparation for World Champs went really well. I felt I was on target. I had a pretty good race run considering the rainy conditions and poor visibility. I was disappointed coming 3rd. I really wanted the rainbow stripes and I believed it was in my reach. The only thing that makes me happy now is the text I got from my friend, Nico: “Congratulations! Don’t be too bummed with 3rd place, you beat all the guys that rode in the wet.”
ELITE MEN DOWNHILL RESULTS:
1st: Sam Hill 4:37.93
2nd: Steve Smith 4:40.56
3rd: GREG MINNAAR (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 4:40.93
4th: Aaron Gwin 4:42.01
5th: Gee Atherton 4:42.64
6th: Marc Beaumont 4:45.52
7th: STEVE PEAT (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 4:45.54
8th: Danny Hart 4:45.80
9th: Sam Blenkinsop 4:46.26
10th: Damien Spagnolo 4:47.61
Information from Santa Cruz Syndicates Press Release
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