Five Ten sponsored rider Greg Minnar (Santa Cruz Syndicates) bags another win this season here at Northstar in Lake Tahoe at the Pro GRT Downhill event on June 28.
He was joined on the podium by teammate Steve Peat in 3rd, and fellow Santa Cruz rider, Cedric Gracia of the Brigade, in 4th. Bryn Atkinson was on the second step and young rider, Mitch Ropelato, rounded out the podium in 5th.
Racing in the United States, and so close to Santa Cruz factory, was a fun diversion from the World Cup circuit. To have a dry, dusty course was something the racers hadn’t seen since Fort William, and the altitude was something they hadn’t been in lately. As the practice days wore on by the time the pro men raced down the hill the four-minute course was rough and beat up.
Greg says, ”The altitude was killer and so were the course conditions. I felt like I was riding through my mom’s makeup bag! I knew it would be a physical race and I knew I had to pedal hard. I can feel it now and it was definitely well worth it.”
Cedric had a fun time and it was only by chance that he was at the race. He had been in Las Vegas checking out the Rampage sight and Rob called and asked him to come up for the race. He was pleased with the race and said,” For once I’m in the top five and for something I didn’t plan to come to race it’s been fun to hang out with the Syndicate family in Northstar.”
The weekend ended with the entire Syndicate family and extended crew roller skating at the rink in the village having a few beers and a lot of laughs, and a few spills and bruises all for a good time.
PRO MEN DOWNHILL RESULTS:
1ST: GREG MINNAAR (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 3:59.9
2ND: Bryn Atkinson 4:03.3
3rd: STEVE PEAT (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 4:06.5
4TH: CEDRIC GRACIA (BRIGADE, SANTA CRUZ) 4:07.3
5TH: Mitch Ropelato 4:07.4