MINNAAR WINS RECORD 18TH WORLD CUP AT LENZERHEIDE, SWITZERLAND!
The World Cup’s first trip to Lenzerheide, Switzerland was a smashing success. Making it look easy on the Steve Peat-designed track, Greg Minnaar stepped to the top of the box once again, taking his record-setting 18th World Cup win! Greg’s won two of the four World Cups so far this season, and sits in third overall, just 12 points behind Loic Bruni. Josh Bryceland continued his string of injuries with a dislocated ring finger sustained during practice, and got the finger re-located just hours before qualifiers. He put down a strong run in the finals and finished 12th, which moved him up to 7th overall. Watch the fourth episode of THE SYNDICATE to see how the weekend unfolded behind the scenes (including Josh’s dining-table finger relocation)!
Josh and Greg qualified very well on the bone dry, dusty, loose steep track with Josh being fastest at the first 2 splits but then crossed the line in 4th while Greg came 6th. Even with the 90-degree heat, things really started to heat up on race day. On a practice run Josh injured his hand and was transported to the doctor for x-rays, after which the doctor said there were no breaks or dislocations. Funny thing was he couldn’t bend his ring finger and even if he tried to push through the pain to race, his finger wouldn’t be able to hold the grip. Big thanks go out to Laura Robson for her medical attention and for pulling with all her might to put Josh’s finger back into place! The instant it went back in Josh’s face lit up with a big smile and he was back in the game. He committed to his race run and hung on for a remarkable 12th place. This heroic effort boosted him from 8th to 7th in the standings.
However, no one played the game better today than Greg Minnaar! His smooth, flowing, precise performance was just what it took to take the win, the 18th of his career and his 13th aboard Santa Cruz! The idea of making history hasn’t quite hit him, and he says, “No, I don’t think it’s sunk in because its not over yet, its still on the go so I don’t feel that it means that much to me right now. I want to thank everyone who has been involved in behind the process for the 18 wins: Santa Cruz, Doug, Marshy, Rob, Kathy, Stephan — the list is long. Also, without the backing of Santa Cruz engineering this wouldn’t have happened. They made me a new linkage a week after Leogang and I was able to test it in Morzine before this race. It lengthened the bike and this helped immensely. Also, Gamut made me a new part for my chain guide for less drag. Because of the changing nature of the track I wasn’t feeling comfortable and was changing my lines and making mistakes. The qualifier result boosted my confidence, yet with the track conditions changing constantly I had to adjust and try new lines not knowing if they would work, but I stuck with my feeling and it worked out.”